Tailor-made options for the MA in Development Studies

If you live in the Netherlands and are unable to spend 15.5 months on full-time intensive study, ISS offers you the opportunity to take the MA in Development Studies as a tailor-made part-time programme lasting 2.5 years.

You will participate in the regular courses, giving you unique exposure to the knowledge and experience of students from all over the world. You can attend the courses that best fit your professional background and your personal learning objectives. Academic staff will discuss the set up of your individual study programme with you and advise you on the requirements and the options open to you.

Study load

  • The focus in the first part (40 weeks) is on the courses. This is the most demanding year as you have to attend classes and do group assignments during the day.
  • The second part focuses on the research paper. This year leaves you more possibilities to plan your own work.
  • Even the part-time programme requires about 20 hours of study during most weeks. If you wish to do the programme part-time, please contact the admission office at admission@iss.nl.
  • If you start in September 2024, ISS regulations require that you graduate no later than 1 July 2026.


ISS admits a limited number of auditors who wish to attend only some of the courses in the MA Programme.

In addition, for Netherlands residents, a more flexible arrangement of the MA programme can be requested, spreading the programme over a longer period. These cases are dealt with on an individual basis.

Questions about the application process?

Contact the student office

Admission Office 2020
Email address
+3170 4260460
PO Box 29776
2602 LT
The Hague

If you have any questions about the application procedure or any other issues regarding your study at ISS, please contact the admission office.

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Questions about the MA programme?

Contact Darren Baradhan

Email address
Kortenaerkade 12
The Hague
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