Master International Development Studies

If you are interested in worldwide social transformation processes relating to how people earn their livelihoods, how people deal with food security issues, or how people are affected by various environmental issues, then this is the programme for you.
You will learn to not only understand social transformation processes, but also how to integrate and share your knowledge and how to include the diverging views of various stakeholders, as well as how to work in multidisciplinary teams.
Our renewed programme starts September 2016.

  • Master International Development Studies

Read more about the master programme International Development Studies


The International Development Studies master programme will be renewed starting September 2016. Detailed information about the renewed programme is available on this website. The two-year programme consists of 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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Meet us

Visiting Wageningen University is the best way to meet students and experience student life. There are several activities your can attend: you can visit an open day or be a student for a day.

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