Development Studies at ISS ranked 11th in the world and 1st in EU
The programme is with the top 10% globally, amongst the likes of elite universities.
The Master of Arts in Development Studies at the International Institute of Social Studies offers a solid academic and professionally relevant training in theory and methods for development studies. It is designed for those wishing to start or continue their professional careers in the area of development. In the MA programme you learn about the most recent theories and debates. You will also learn to apply this knowledge to practical issues of development and social change.
|Dates||04 September 2023 - 18 December 2024|
|Tuition fee||€ 17, 500|
|Application deadline||1 July 2023|
|Credits||88 ECTS (40 weeks of fulltime study, 63 ECTS credits|
research paper 25 weeks of fulltime study, 28 ECTS credits)
|Programme contact||Darren Baradhan|
The MA Programme in Development Studies is organized into five Majors and an MA track in Governance, Migration and Diversity (GMD).
You must select one of these major when you apply to the MA programme.
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.
Agrarian, Food and Environmental Studies
Economics of Development
Governance and Development Policy
Human Rights, Gender and Conflict Studies: Social Justice Perspectives
Social Policy for Development
Governance, Migration and Diversity Track