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.

There are more than four thousand higher education organizations in Europe, from leading research institutions to small, teaching-focused universities. Europe itself is not as much different than other continents, reaching from the Arctic Circle to the coast of Africa.

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Master in Community Development and Social Innovation

VID Specialized University
Campus Full time 2 years August 2019 Norway Oslo Stavanger + 1 more

Do you want to learn more about grassroots community development, civil society, diversity, and being an agent and leader for the social change? Our new master's degree prepares students to solve societal challenges in local and global communities. [+]

Do you want to learn more about grassroots community development, civil society, diversity, and being an agent and leader for the social change? Our new master's degree prepares students to solve societal challenges in local and global communities.

What will you learn?

Global trends increasingly affect local societies. Both individual citizens and local actors in civil society, religious organizations, churches, welfare, and health services have to adjust to new frameworks and situations of constant change. Are you looking for a future job where you can contribute to sustainable societal development? Do you want to acquire skills that foster cooperation and social innovation?

Starting from the UN sustainable development goals, this master's programme in Community Development and Social Innovation offers a platform for learning about co-operation and leading for change. Candidates will be prepared to initiate and nurture processes of interaction between different cultures and sectors in society (public, private, civil society), between varying secular and religious life stances and between professionals and volunteers.... [-]


Master in International Development and Management of Global Affairs

Universitatea De Vest Din Timisoara
Campus Full time 2 years September 2019 Romania Timișoara

In a multi-disciplinary context, international development studies examine social, political and economic transformations involved in the development and key issues connected to globalization, inequality, poverty, gender relations, environmental degradation and other dimensions constitutive to development. Focusing on a global perspective, the Masters in International Development and Management of Global Affairs offers to its student's new professional opportunities for working in international non-governmental organizations or bilateral and multilateral development organizations by connecting local academic initiatives to global evolutions in international development studies. [+]

In a multi-disciplinary context, international development studies examine social, political and economic transformations involved in the development and key issues connected to globalization, inequality, poverty, gender relations, environmental degradation and other dimensions constitutive to development. Focusing on a global perspective, the Master's in International Development and Management of Global Affairs offers to its student's new professional opportunities for working in international non-governmental organizations or bilateral and multilateral development organizations by connecting local academic initiatives to global evolutions in international development studies.

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Master in Coastal Communities and Regional Development

University Centre of the Westfjords
Campus Full time 18 - 24 months September 2019 Iceland Ísafjörður

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.... [-]


European Master in Migration and Intercultural Relations (EMMIR)

University of Oldenburg
Campus Full time 2 years September 2019 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 organisations on the regional, national and international level provide significant assistance for student internships and graduate's employment. The seven partner institutions and potential hosts during your studies are:

University of Oldenburg, Germany (coordinating) Ahfad University for Women, Omdurman, Sudan Mbarara University of 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 Population and Development

Higher School of Economics
Campus Full time 2 years September 2019 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 Cooperation and Development

University of Pavia
Campus Full time 15 months October 2019 Italy Pavia

The Master Program in Cooperation and Development (Pavia, Italy) features a 15-month schedule open to students coming from different cultural and academic background It foresees more than 500 hours of classes and seminars, with a special focus on inclusive development. The Program is full time and is fully taught in English. Following the residential period in Pavia, all the students carry out an internship for a minimum duration of 3 months which can be either an on-the-field experience with one of the partner organization or a research period in an International Institution. As partial fulfillment of the Master requirements, students are required to write a thesis linked to their internship experience or upon a research issue of their interest. [+]

The Master Program in Cooperation and Development (Pavia, Italy) features a 15-month schedule open to students coming from different cultural and academic background It foresees more than 500 hours of classes and seminars, with a special focus on inclusive development. The Program is full time and is fully taught in English. Following the residential period in Pavia, all the students carry out an internship for a minimum duration of 3 months which can be either an on-the-field experience with one of the partner organization or a research period in an International Institution. As partial fulfillment of the Master requirements, students are required to write a thesis linked to their internship experience or upon a research issue of their interest.... [-]


Master in Foresight for Environment and Development

Palacky University
Campus Full time 2 years September 2019 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. ... [-]


Master in International Development Studies

Mendel University in Brno
Campus Full time 2 years September 2019 Czech Republic Brno-sever

Specialism "International Development Studies", as part of program "International Territorial Studies" focuses on education and teaching of current issues of the developing world from the global and comparative points of view. [+]

Master in International Development Studies

This Master‘s degree program in the sphere of International Territorial Studies focuses on „International Development Studies“, enabling students to specialize either in Global Development or European Studies. The program aims to provide students with the ability to identify critical factors and trends in the developing world both in general and international contexts, assess the causality and existence of problems in the developing world and draft proposals for effective solutions (including critical situations), translate proposals addressing these issues into development assistance projects, including respecting the environmental impacts of decisions in a broader context. At the same time, students will gain practical knowledge of specific current issues related to selected regions of the developing world, namely Africa, South and Southeast Asia, or Latin America (based on their choice) and will be able to draft development projects for the particular region they select. Graduates of European Studies will be able to understand the role of the European Union in the global environment, with special emphasis on its interaction with developing countries.... [-]


Master in International Development & Service (IDS)

IPSL Institute for Global Learning
Online & Campus Combined Full time 13 months May 2019 USA Portland Peru Cusco Colombia Medellín Cartagena Vietnam Hanoi Tanzania Arusha Greece Thessaloniki Samothraki + 12 more

Independently designed and curated curriculum that responds to current social issues aligns with service and research opportunities and reflects student interests and latest trends in the field of International Development. [+]

The Master of Arts in International Development & Service (IDS) has built-in study abroad terms and is designed to meet the international demand for ethical leaders who can effectively engage and facilitate partnerships and empower communities.

Similar to IPSL Institute for Global Learning’s MA in Community Organizing and Social Activism (COSA), students are prepared for careers with nonprofit, government, and community development organizations through an interdisciplinary program that combines rigorous academic training with hands-on skill development through volunteer service in several countries. Students pursuing the IDS program will be required to take a minimum number of development theory courses abroad.*... [-]


Master in International Migration and Ethnic Relations

Malmö University
Campus Full time 1 year August 2019 Sweden Malmö

The master’s programme in International Migration and Ethnic Relations (IMER) focuses on current international developments and research perspectives in migration and ethnic relations; the effects of globalisation and human mobility on societies, groups and individuals; the social and political adaptation and integration of ethnic minorities in different societies; issues of inclusion and exclusion of immigrants; majority-minority relations; philosophical and ethical perspectives on life in diverse and complex societies. [+]

The master’s programme in International Migration and Ethnic Relations (IMER) focuses on current international developments and research perspectives in migration and ethnic relations; the effects of globalisation and human mobility on societies, groups and individuals; the social and political adaptation and integration of ethnic minorities in different societies; issues of inclusion and exclusion of immigrants; majority-minority relations; philosophical and ethical perspectives on life in diverse and complex societies.

What makes International Migration and Ethnic Relations unique?

This master's programme teaches you how to conduct in-depth analysis, evaluate policies and criticise and critique migration-related policies.You should expect research-based training and an interdisciplinary outlook that links social sciences with humanities.... [-]


Master's Degree in Development and International Cooperation

Instituto Universitario de Investigación Ortega y Gasset
Online Full time 11 months February 2019 Spain Madrid

The Master's Degree in Development and International Cooperation has been designed to train technicians, cooperation agents and public policy decision-makers capable of managing the resources mobilized in this field with optimum results. It is essential to have professionals capable of promoting development from the different instances that manage these resources: international organizations, NGDOs, state, regional and local cooperation agencies; ministerial dependencies, companies, foundations, etc. For this reason, and from a training that combines theoretical, methodological and practical modules in a balanced way, this online program guarantees the training of the technicians and development agents that the cooperation system demands. [+]

The Master's Degree in Development and International Cooperation has been designed to train technicians, cooperation agents and public policy decision-makers capable of managing the resources mobilized in this field with optimum results. It is essential to have professionals capable of promoting development from the different instances that manage these resources: international organizations, NGDOs, state, regional and local cooperation agencies; ministerial dependencies, companies, foundations, etc. For this reason, and from a training that combines theoretical, methodological and practical modules in a balanced way, this online program guarantees the training of the technicians and development agents that the cooperation system demands.... [-]


Master in Management of Development

Turin School of Development (International Training Centre of the ILO)
Online & Campus Combined Full time 1 year October 2019 Italy Turin

The Turin School of Development (as part of the International Training Centre of the ILO) in partnership with the University of Turin offer this 1st level Master in Management Development. [+]

The Turin School of Development (as part of the International Training Centre of the ILO) in partnership with the University of Turin offers this 1st level Master in Management of Development which is designed as an intensive, application-oriented blended learning program consisting of a succession of internet-based distance learning followed by interactive classroom instructions and practical application/research work. This Master programme, conducted in English, is in its 17th edition and has been successfully pursued by over 520 students from more than 80 countries worldwide.

The contents and the learning delivery methods are designed to impart to the participants the full spectrum of competencies needed in order to effectively deal with the challenges facing today's development professionals in their pursuit of social and economic progress while preserving the living environment for future generations.... [-]


Research Degrees (MPhil/PhD) in Development Studies

SOAS University of London
Campus Full time Part time 3 years September 2019 United Kingdom London Singapore + 2 more

The Department currently has 52 research students, working on a range of research topics in many parts of Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East. We are particularly interested in potential research students who wish to work in one of the main Departmental Research Clusters, namely: Labour, Movements and Development; Neoliberalism, Globalisation, and States; Violence, Peace and Development; Water for Africa; Migration, Mobility and Development; Agrarian Change and Development; Development Policy, Aid, Institutions and Poverty Reduction. [+]

MPhil/PhD in Development Studies

Mode of Attendance: Full Time or Part Time

The Department currently has 52 research students, working on a range of research topics in many parts of Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East. We are particularly interested in potential research students who wish to work in one of the main Departmental Research Clusters, namely: Labour, Movements and Development; Neoliberalism, Globalisation, and States; Violence, Peace and Development; Water for Africa; Migration, Mobility and Development; Agrarian Change and Development; Development Policy, Aid, Institutions and Poverty Reduction.

Research students are encouraged to attend weekly training sessions to introduce them to a number of practical techniques and vocational skills utilized within the development profession; fortnightly seminars on topics relevant to Development Studies and, where appropriate, post-experience workshops.... [-]


Diploma Bac 5 Humanitarian Manager Operational Course

IRIS Sup'
Campus Full time 1 year October 2019 France Paris

Crisis situations multiply and localize, putting the actors of the emergency and post-emergency response to the test in terms of access, risk management and aid effectiveness. The operational pathway allows students to develop a tactical dimension and significantly improve the impact of emergency and post-emergency programming. Graduates from this course will be able to act quickly and effectively, design and implement tactics to access the most vulnerable, manage their team and stress in an insecure, multicultural and complex environment. [+]

IRIS Sup 'offers courses in applied geopolitics leading to two Level 1 titles recognized by the State (registered with the RNCP by decree of 23 February 2017, published in the Official Journal of 3 March 2017), Bac 5 level: "Analyst in International Strategy "and" Humanitarian Manager ".

The training leading to the Title Manager Humanitarian (bac 5) combines the expertise in strategic analysis and geopolitics of IRIS and the experience of NGOs and recognized actors of international solidarity. The training is characterized by a common core grouping the knowledge and skills at the heart of the humanitarian management profession and three courses:

operational journeystrategic courseadvocacy and communication of influence... [-]

Master's degree in cultural policy and development

Open University Of Cyprus
Online Full time Part time 2 years September 2019 Cyprus Cyprus Online + 1 more

The subject of the Master's program "Cultural Policy and Development" is the exploitation and promotion of the culture of both cultural heritage and contemporary artistic creation as well as the culture of everyday life. The Program focuses on highlighting the public value of Culture, particularly in the context of modern challenges. [+]

Object of the postgraduate curriculum "Cultural Policy and Development" Is to exploit and promote the culture of both cultural heritage and contemporary artistic creation, as well as the culture of everyday life. The Program focuses on highlighting the public value of Culture, particularly in the context of modern challenges.

The aim of the Master's Program

The aim of the Program is to provide graduates with cognitive (theoretical and practical) and metacognitive (methodological, epistemological) skills that will allow them to understand in depth the added value that culture provides. The aim is also to provide specialized knowledge of rational and scientifically documented management of cultural resources and cultural capital to people who are or will be employed in the field of cultural management.... [-]