MA in Development Studies Majors

When you apply for admission to the ISS MA programme you apply for a Major.

ISS offers the following five Majors

The Majors form an important part of the study programme. The courses are closely related and are designed to give students deeper insight and a higher level of competence in their field of study. Students write their research paper under the guidance of staff with relevant expertise.

The teaching offerings are attuned to the diverse backgrounds of ISS students. All students receive thorough academic counselling at the beginning of the programme to help them determine their study paths. The counselling, which is given by the convenor of each Major, provides information about the compulsory and optional courses, in particular about the foundation, research techniques and major courses.

Students may take voluntary remedial courses to make up for a deficiency or weak background knowledge.

After the Christmas break, students take courses to further deepen their study of a theme or element of the Major or to focus on a topic not exclusively related to their field of study.

Course descriptions

Each Major offers its own specific courses which make up the full programme. You can find all the course descriptions in part 3 of the academic calendar.

Academic calendar

All the information about the Major, specializations, individual courses and schedules can be found in the Academic Calendar:

Part 1 - General structure
Part 2 - Descriptions of Majors and Specializations
Part 3 - Descriptions of courses
Part 4 - Programme schedule
Part 5 - Exam schedule


Within the MA programme students have an option to specialize with one of our 16 specializations. Take a look at the current specializations on offer.

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