Master's Program in Development Studies in Europe

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Development Studies

A masters refers to the completion of a graduate study program that prepares students to further their knowledge of a specific subject or advance their careers. The majority of masters are granted by state or public universities.

Development Studies is a vibrant field concerned with processes of change such as social and economic, political and cultural and the major policy challenges that present the efforts to overcome poverty and insecurity. The program provides a stable interdisciplinary social science formation and develops students’ capacities for independent and critical inquiry.

Europe, one of the world's seven continents, is usually known as the westernmost peninsula of Eurasia. Second smallest continent, with 10,180,000 (km2), the area regroups 50 countries.

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Technology of Solving Development Problems

European Center for Peace and Development - University for Peace established by United Nations (ECPD)
Campus Part time 2 years October 2018 Serbia Belgrade

During the period 1986-1991, the ECPD organized and successfully conducted the postgraduate studies at the master’s level - “Technology of Problem Solving” - in Sarajevo, Zagreb, Athens, and Heidelberg. The evaluations of the quality of these postgraduate studies made by the students (about one hundred), as well as by the ECPD management and professional bodies imposed a need for and justified the resumption of such postgraduate studies, including necessary innovations. [+]

During the period 1986-1991, the ECPD organized and successfully conducted the postgraduate studies at the master’s level - “Technology of Problem Solving” - in Sarajevo, Zagreb, Athens, and Heidelberg. The evaluations of the quality of these postgraduate studies made by the students (about one hundred), as well as by the ECPD management and professional bodies imposed a need for and justified the resumption of such postgraduate studies, including necessary innovations.

More than ten years have elapsed since the organization of the above mentioned post- graduate studies. This is not a long period but in the meantime the complexity, delica- cy, significance and urgency of solving numerous problems in all facets of life, work and development increased noticeably. During that period, the entire world embarked on the so-called process of transition: from one socio-economic system to another; from the vanishing global technological system to the emerging one; from mutually destructive and competitive structures to competitive and cooperative ones; from larger systems to their fragmentation and vice versa; from conflicts to cooperation; from the current understanding of the world to a new one; from the prevailing material economy to the predominantly service one; from quantity to quality as the prevailing value; from a bureaucratically hierarchized structure to an organic, corporative one; from special- ized to multidisciplinary problems; from simple to multidimensional interdependent and tightly connected life and the world – to mention only some of the ongoing pro- cesses of transition.... [-]


Master in International Development and Management of Global Affairs

Universitatea De Vest Din Timisoara
Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 Romania Timisoara

This new master program of our faculty seeks to respond to employers and students demands for an education closer to practice and a better adjustment to labor market needs. We are aware of the fact that most of our graduates find employment in the new globalized economy dominated by multinational enterprises. This is why we offer, after a first year centered on the development of the most important skills for a work in international relations, the possibility to choose in the second year from three attractive modules: International development studies, European studies, and African studies. [+]

The Faculty of Political Science, Philosophy and Communication Sciences is the youngest and most dynamic of the faculties of the West University of Timisoara, being created in 1999. Most of our students study international relations, public relations, communication, and journalism. Teaching takes place in Romanian, English, and German. The faculty has nine bachelor programs, six master programs, and two doctoral programs, in political science and in philosophy.

This new master program of our faculty seeks to respond to employers and students demands for an education closer to practice and a better adjustment to labor market needs. We are aware of the fact that most of our graduates find employment in the new globalized economy dominated by multinational enterprises. This is why we offer, after a first year centered on the development of the most important skills for a work in international relations, the possibility to choose in the second year from three attractive modules: International development studies, European studies, and African studies.... [-]


Master in Communication for Development

Malmö University
Online Part time 2 years September 2018 Sweden Malmö

In this programme, where the form of study strives to be conducive to the course content, progression lies in the group dynamic process as well as in the coursework itself. The multidisciplinary nature of the subject means that the same content should provide in-depth knowledge for students with different backgrounds. [+]

Communication for Development is an interdisciplinary field of study and practice, combining studies on culture, communication and development and integrating them with practical fieldwork. It explores the use of communication – both as a tool and as a way of articulating processes of social change – within the contexts of globalisation.

In this programme, where the form of study strives to be conducive to the course content, progression lies in the group dynamic process as well as in the coursework itself. The multidisciplinary nature of the subject means that the same content should provide in-depth knowledge for students with different backgrounds. One major point of this pedagogical approach is to bring together different experiences. The group diversity should allow students to deepen their knowledge of their own major as well as gain a sufficient overview based on the academic backgrounds and practical experiences of other students. This will allow them to be able to work both interdisciplinary and transcultural in their future professions.... [-]


Master in Coastal Communities and Regional Development

University Centre of the Westfjords
Campus Full time 18 - 24 months September 2018 Iceland Westfjords

Coastal Communities and Regional Development is an international, multidisciplinary master’s program on the development of rural and remote areas in the past and in the future. [+]

Coastal Communities and Regional Development is an international, multidisciplinary master’s program on the development of rural and remote areas in the past and in the future. It focuses on coastal communities along the North Atlantic and the Arctic, although theoretical foundations might be found in other regions.

The program is specially built on the principle and practice of sociology, macroeconomics and geography/planning. By the end of the program, students understand the changes and challenges of coastal communities' development and have versed themselves in methods and skills to predict their development and manage it. The language of teaching and general communication is English. The program is offered by the University Centre of the Westfjords in Ísafjörður in co-operation with the University of Akureyri. Teaching takes place in Ísafjörður.... [-]


Master in Foresight for Environment and Development

Palacky University
Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 Czech Republic Olomouc

The aim of the Foresight for Environment and Development program is to prepare foresight-focused professionals for careers in environment and development policy and practice. The duration of the program is 2 years. Students will be awarded the title of “Magister”, abbreviated as “Mgr.” which is equivalent to the Master of Science (M.Sc.). [+]

Palacký University Olomouc

Palacký University, established in 1573, is one of the leading centres of teaching and research in the Czech Republic. It comprises eight faculties at the present time and offers degrees in a wide range of disciplines, including medicine and other natural sciences, humanities, social sciences, as well as legal education. In the recent years, one of the highest priorities of the University is to strengthen international cooperation with other higher education institutions. Up to date, more than 1 700 international students study at Palacký University.

Palacký University is located in historical but dynamic city of Olomouc. The town itself is very old and picturesque and it is surrounded by sports facilities and nature. The city of Olomouc is well-known for its high density of university students: over 24 000 students in the city of 100 000 inhabitants make Olomouc the city with the highest density of university students in Central Europe. ... [-]


International Master in Peace, Conflict and Development Studies

Jaume I University (Universitat Jaume I)
Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 Spain Castellón

This year our Master celebrates the 20th anniversary of its creation. Our history dates back to 1994 when, thanks to our founder Dr. Vicent Martínez Guzmán, the first conference of Philosophy for Peace was conducted in the Universitat Jaume I to which more than 100 people attended. Since then, our program has been growing and consolidating as one of the best in its subject in the Spanish territory, besides of having obtained an important recognition around the world, thanks to the more than a thousand students coming from more than a hundred countries that have gone through our program and to the more than 250 national and international teachers that have taught in our Master. From the program we would like to take this opportunity to greet and thank all the people who have made possible this achievement; thanks to their work in favor of the construction of peace cultures, our peaceful ideal has been spread around the world. [+]

This year our Master celebrates the 20th anniversary of its creation. Our history dates back to 1994 when, thanks to our founder Dr. Vicent Martínez Guzmán, the first conference of Philosophy for Peace was conducted in the Universitat Jaume I to which more than 100 people attended. Since then, our program has been growing and consolidating as one of the best in its subject in the Spanish territory, besides of having obtained an important recognition around the world, thanks to the more than a thousand students coming from more than a hundred countries that have gone through our program and to the more than 250 national and international teachers that have taught in our Master. From the program we would like to take this opportunity to greet and thank all the people who have made possible this achievement; thanks to their work in favor of the construction of peace cultures, our peaceful ideal has been spread around the world.... [-]


Bac + 5 Humanitarian Operations Manager Course

IRIS Sup'
Campus Full time 1 year October 2018 France Paris

The Bac + 5 training leading to the title Humanitarian Manager combines the expertise in strategic and geopolitical analysis of IRIS and the experience of NGOs and recognized actors of international solidarity. The operational path allows to develop a tactical dimension and to improve the impact of the emergency and post-emergency programming. [+]

IRIS Sup 'offers geopolitical formations applied leading to two level 1 qualifications recognized by the state (recorded in RNCP by order of 23 February 2017, published in the Official Journal of 3 March 2017), of bac + 5 "Analyst in international strategy "and" humanitarian Manager ".

The training leading to the title humanitarian Manager (bac + 5) combines expertise in strategic and geopolitical analysis of IRIS and experience of NGOs and recognized players of international solidarity. The formation is characterized by a core grouping the knowledge and skills at the heart of humanitarian business manager and three courses:

operational path strategic course advocacy course ... [-]

European Master in Migration and Intercultural Relations (EMMIR)

University of Oldenburg
Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 Germany Oldenburg

EMMIR is the European Master in Migration and Intercultural Relations. It is the first African-European Erasmus Mundus Master Course in Migration Studies. EMMIR is jointly run by three African and four European universities, facilitated by a wider network of partners. [+]

EMMIR is the European Master in Migration and Intercultural Relations. It is the first African-European Erasmus Mundus Master Course in Migration Studies. The first cohort set out to study in September 2011; since 2013 the programme is fully accredited by the national agencies as part of the European pilot project JOQAR.

EMMIR is jointly run by three African and four European universities, facilitated by a wider network of partners. Various associate organsiations on the regional, national and international level provide significant assistance for student internships and graduate's employment. The seven partner institutions ans potential hosts during your studies are:

University of Oldenburg, Germany (coordinating) Ahfad University for Women, Omdurman, Sudan Mbarara University for Science & Technology, Uganda University of Nova Gorica, Slovenia University of South Bohemia, Czech Republic University of Stavanger, Norway University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa ... [-]

Master in Religion, Society and Global Issues (M.Phil)

MF Norwegian School of Theology
Campus Full time August 2018 Norway Oslo

This Master’s programme aims at providing insights into various relationships between religion and society in an increasingly global and multicultural world. [+]

The programme is based on courses in social sciences and religious studies. An essential part of the programme is to give insight into the different ways by which religion is shaped by various local and regional social conditions. It aims at giving a more profound understanding of the relationship between religion and society in a global perspective and includes courses in:

ethics sociology of religion intercultural communication human rights, conflict and reconciliation Career opportunities The programme provides education for positions in the field of research and education. Furthermore it qualifies for jobs in institutions and organizations where knowledge of religion in an international and global perspective is required. It is also relevant for positions of leadership within the public and private sector. Admission requrementsA BA or equivalent degree in Theology, Social Science, Religious Studies or related fields. The study presupposes insights into one or more of the world religions and basic competence within religious studies. Grade average equivalent to Norwegian C level. Qualification Master of Philosophy Religion, Society and Global Issues More information The Master´s programme aims at providing education for positions within research and education, as well as within Norwegian and international institutions and organizations, where knowledge of religion in an international and global perspective is required. It is also relevant for positions of leadership within the public and private sector. The Master´s degree qualifies for further studies on a doctoral level. ... [-]

Joint European Master in Comparative Local Development

Corvinus University of Budapest, Faculty of Social Sciences and International Relations
Campus Full time 3 years September 2018 Hungary Budapest

Master CoDe main objective is to provide participants with the necessary knowledge and skills for introducing, supporting and coordinating processes of change and transformation at local level. [+]

The Corvinus University of Budapest (Hungary), coordinator, the University of Ljubljana (Slovenia), the University of Regensburg (Germany) and the University of Trento (Italy) in collaboration with the Russian State Social University (Russia), the University of Belgrade (Serbia), the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (USA) and the Tshwane University of Technology (South Africa) with the support of European Commission, offer a Joint Master’s course degree.

Master CoDe main objective is to provide participants with the necessary knowledge and skills for introducing, supporting and coordinating processes of change and transformation at local level. The focus of the program is local development, with the following characteristics: public, private and non governmental actors are the fundamental agents; social stability and economic prosperity are pursued, in conformity with the European standards and best practices. The general approach is comparative and interdisciplinary.... [-]


Masters Programme in Development and International Cooperation

Sapienza University of Rome
Campus Full time 2 years October 2018 Italy Rome

The Masters Programme in Development and International Cooperation - Economics for Development (LM-28209) provides students with an advanced understanding of a variety of fields (including sociology, economics, political science, history and law) and the tools that are necessary to analyse and interpret the social, economic, juridical and institutional contexts that characterise developing countries. [+]

The Masters Programme in Development and International Cooperation - Economics for Development (LM-28209) provides students with an advanced understanding of a variety of fields (including sociology, economics, political science, history and law) and the tools that are necessary to analyse and interpret the social, economic, juridical and institutional contexts that characterise developing countries.

The programme addresses the evaluation and management of international cooperation programmes in terms of politics, economy, finance, health and law.

Political and economic globalization calls for new professional figures that are capable of understanding, assessing and managing the social, cultural and economic challenges that await us. The competences and tools needed to analyse and operate in this context require a vast multi-disciplinary understanding of the international scenario.The Masters Programme also focuses on the methodologies employed by bi- and multi-lateral cooperation organisations to develop programmes and peace missions.... [-]


MPhil/PhD Development Economics

SOAS University of London
Campus Full time Part time 4 - 6 years August 2018 United Kingdom London + 1 more

The PhD in Development Economics is a research degree offered by the Department of Economics, and is also part of the PhD pathway, 'International Development', within the Bloomsbury Doctoral Training Partnership. The latter forms one of the few Centres recognized by the UK's Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), thereby receiving financial support, and especially individual grants, for MSc and PhD students. This PhD pathway is open to applicants whether or not eligible for, or in receipt of, ESRC funding, with ESRC-funded students expected to form a small minority overall. Successful applicants to the MPhil/PhD in Development Economics will normally have a good Master's degree in a relevant subject if entering directly into the MPhil/PhD pathway although each applicant is assessed on merits including work and other experience. [+]

MPhil/PhD Development Economics

Duration: 3 years full time or 6 years part-time

Entry Requirements: Admission and Thesis Requirements. A good Masters degree in Economics is usually required for registration for the MPhil and PhD research degrees. Students are normally registered for the MPhil degree in the first instance. Once approval of the Student's Supervisory Committee has been received, the student's registration is upgraded to PhD status (and backdated to the commencement of the MPhil registration), usually at the end of the first year of study. The normal period of study for a PhD degree is not less than three years of full-time study. Students if full-time employment or with other significant commitments may register for part-time study, for which the minimum registration period is double that of full-time study. Candidates are expected to present a thesis of no more than 55,000 words for the MPhil, while for the PhD the maximum length is 100,000 words.... [-]


Master in World Heritage and Cultural Projects for Development

Turin School of Development (International Training Centre of the ILO)
Online & Campus Combined Full time 1 - 1 year October 2018 Italy Turin

The Program explores in detail the economic, social, institutional and legal considerations that govern the diverse categories of heritage and puts emphasis on strategic management competencies and project management for the preservation and promotion of UNESCO designated World Heritage Sites. [+]

The Master is designed by the University of Torino, the Politecnico di Torino, the International Training Centre of the ILO (ITC-ILO), and the UNESCO World Heritage Centre. Cultural activities are a major contributor to national development, job creation, and social cohesion. The master in World Heritage and Cultural Projects for Development aims to impart the necessary competencies and skills to participants in the conservation and promotion of World Heritage Sites as well as in the conceptualization of sustainable projects designed around a wide spectrum of cultural activities in the fields of natural and cultural heritage, creative industries, museums and tourism.The close collaboration of senior specialists of the Culture Sector of UNESCO, working in the area of Millennium Development Goals, Historic Urban Landscape, Sustainable Tourism Program, Nominations to the World Heritage List, Management and Periodic Reporting of World Heritage Properties, strengthen the success of the Master.... [-]


Master in Population and Development

Higher School of Economics
Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 Russia Moscow

The main aim of the "Population and Development" programme is to train the specialists who will be ready for practical development problems solution. These challenges could be results of rapid changes in social and economic sphere or on the other hand be set by the public administration on different levels to prevent the negative consequences of population changes or to utilize the positive demographic impact. [+]

About the Programme

The main aim of the "Population and Development" programme is to train the specialists who will be ready for practical development problems solution. These challenges could be results of rapid changes in social and economic sphere or on the other hand be set by the public administration on different levels to prevent the negative consequences of population changes or to utilize the positive demographic impact.

The programme develops students’ skills in applying multi-disciplinary analytic approaches to population development and resource allocation issues that are essential for management and public administration in numerous sectors. The specialists graduated from our programme will have skills and knowledge in principals of population changes and social economic development. They will be able to use modern methods of data analysis and interpretation of the results. They will understand the capacities and limitations of the basic instruments of development and their practical usage.... [-]


Master in Economics and Development

University of Florence
Campus Full time 2 years October 2018 Italy Florence

The two years Master of Sciences program aims at providing students with the following skills and key competences: capacity to conduct theoretical and applied research in the fields of economic development, poverty analysis and international cooperation and integration; and, more generally in local, national and global development policy; ability to develop and manage complex cooperation programs within national and... [+]

The two years Master of Sciences program aims at providing students with the following skills and key competences:

Capacity to conduct theoretical and applied research in the fields of economic development, poverty analysis and international cooperation and integration; and, more generally in local, national and global development policy; Ability to develop and manage complex cooperation programs within national and international organizations including Non Governmental Organisations (NGOs) and private sector companies with an interests in developing countries; Capability to evaluate and formulate global and sectorial economic policies. Learning outcomes and career opportunities ... [-]