Master International Development Studies

If development aid is just a waste of money, how can we find a better way to improve the livelihoods of people? With regions and countries fighting for land, water, and resources, how can we help people recover from conflict and war? How can we transform the right to food, water, and a clean environment into reality? These are just a few examples of issues relating to development studies. The International Development Studies programme allows you to develop a critical understanding of development theories. You will learn to plan and conduct research. You acquire the skills to translate your finding into development policies, intervention strategies and institutional innovations. You will learn to include the diverging views of various stakeholders and to work in multidisciplinary teams.

  • Master International Development Studies

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The International Development Studies master programme is a two-year programme with courses in the first year and an internship and a thesis in the second year.

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From the start of the programme, you follow a specific specialization, so please contact the study advisor after admission to discuss your choice. The specialization selected depends on your academic background and interests. The courses that you will follow depend on the specialization that you do.

  • Sociology of Development
  • Economics of Development
  • Inclusive Innovation, Communication, and Development
  • Politics and Governance of Development

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Application and admission

Find out more about the general and specific admission requirements and application procedures (a B.A. or B.Sc. in the social sciences or in economics).

Also information on application deadlines, study costs, scholarships, and how to apply.

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Future career

Read more about your career perspective and opportunities after finishing the programme International Development Studies.

I work in a team that is assisting governments and donors sharpen their focus, increasing their use of performance information and minimizing the collection of unnecessary data.

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Student experiences

The best way to get to know a place is by getting to know the people. Students share their experiences with you about International Development Studies and student life in Wageningen.

At the UN embassy, I represented the Netherlands in workgroups, in which I had to give my opinion and discuss about how we could re-organise FAO policies.
I am very proud that I managed to set up a youth programme that engages young refugees with issues such as sexual health, gender issues, violence and peace building.

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