Development Studies

Study mode:On campus Study type:Full-time Languages: English
Foreign:$ 10 k / Year(s) Deadline: Jan 15, 2024
103 place StudyQA ranking:2225 Duration:36 months You need IELTS certificate

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The Bachelor`s programme in Development Studies is interdisciplinary and focuses on economic, social and political processes and their links to development cooperation. The aim is to provide the knowledge needed in order to critically examine and understand the preconditions for, and process of, development.

The programme draws on, and combines, the scientific traditions from four different disciplines within the social sciences - sociology, political science, human geography and economic history. This offers students a multi-disciplinary perspective on development studies and provides the opportunity to deepen their knowledge in any of the aforementioned subjects.

Career prospects: The programme provides students with both the background knowledge and the practical skills needed to work in development-related fields. Students also gain a critical social science approach that provides preparation for doctoral studies and proves valuable in various professions within government agencies, private firms and NGOs.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline Jan 15 Tuition fee
  • Free
  • EUR 10000 Year (Non-EEA)

Please note that the cost of tuition is 90 000 SEK per year, the cost in Euro above is an estimate and not the real cost.

Start date September 2015 Credits (ECTS) 180 ECTS
Duration full-time 36 months Languages Take an IELTS test
  • English
Delivery mode On Campus Educational variant Full-time

Course Content

The programme is structured so that students get an intro -duction to the subject during year one (consisting of four 15 ECTS courses), acquire a specialisation through depth (30 ECTS in one of the four major disciplines) and width (30
ECTS optional courses) in year two, which can also be spent abroad, and further specialisation and preparation for the
working life (including an opportunity to do an internship or a minor field study) in year three.

The courses within the programme are: Development in a Historical Perspective – Economic, Social and Political Trans -formation (15 ECTS credits), Development Policy in Practice (15 ECTS credits), Development Theories (15 ECTS credits), Theory of Science and Research Methods – An Introduction (15 ECTS credits), selected courses in Lund or elsewhere (in total 60 ECTS), Development Cooperation in Practice (15 ECTS credits), Research Methods in Development Contexts (15 ECTS credits), Field Work, Internship and Re-search Overview (15 ECTS credits), Bachelor’s thesis (15 ECTS credits).

English Language Requirements

IELTS band : 6.5 TOEFL paper-based test score : 575 TOEFL iBT® test : 90

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General and courses corresponding to the following Swedish Upper Secondary School Programs: History A and Social Studies A or History 1b/1a1+1a2 and Social Studies 1b/1a1+1a2

Completed secondary education and courses corresponding to the following Swedish Upper Secondary School Programs: Mathematics A and Civics A.

English B (advanced) language proficiency shall be demonstrated in one of the following ways:

  • IELTS score of 6.5 (with no section less than 5.5)
  • TOEFL paper-based score of 4.5 (scale 1-6) in written test and a total score of 575; internet- based score of 20 (scale 0-30) in written test and a total score of 90
  • Cambridge/Oxford Advanced Certificate of Proficiency
  • A Bachelors degree from a university where English is the only language of instruction, according to the International Handbook of Universities
  • A pass on English course B (Swedish upper secondary school).

Work Experience

No work experience is required.

Related Scholarships*

  • Academic Excellence Scholarship

    "The Academic Excellence Scholarship can provide up to a 50 % reduction in tuition per semester. These scholarships will be renewed if the student maintains superior academic performance during each semester of their 3-year Bachelor programme. The scholarship will be directly applied to the student’s tuition fees."

  • Alumni Study Travel Fund

    Scholarships for students who are already attending the University of Reading.

  • Amsterdam Merit Scholarships

    The University of Amsterdam aims to attract the world’s brightest students to its international classrooms. Outstanding students from outside the European Economic Area can apply for an Amsterdam Merit Scholarship.

* The scholarships shown on this page are suggestions first and foremost. They could be offered by other organisations than Lund University.


Lund University Global Scholarship programme

The Lund University Global Scholarship programme is targeted at top academic students from countries outside the EU/EEA (and Switzerland). You apply for a Lund University Global Scholarship after you have applied for the programme/or free-standing course you wish to study at Lund University.

Programme-specific scholarships

Some programmes may have specific scholarships connected only to the programme or the subject area.

Erasmus Mundus Action 1

Lund University is a partner in several Erasmus Mundus joint programmes (Action 1). As a student on these Master's programmes you can get a scholarship that can cover both tuition fees and living expenses. Details can be found on the Erasmus Mundus programme pages.

Erasmus Mundus Action 2

Lund University is a partner in several Erasmus Mundus Action 2 "lots".If you are from an eligible country you can apply for a scholarship to come to Lund University. Scholarships are available to academic staff, PhD students, Master's students and Bachelor's students and can cover both tuition fees and living expenses.

Swedish Institute scholarships

The Swedish Institute offers several scholarship programmes for international students studying at Bachelor's, Master's, PhD and post-doctoral levels.

Swedish Institute Study Scholarship:

The Swedish Institute Study Scholarships target highly qualified students across two categories:

Category 1: Students from the following 12 developing countries: Bangladesh, Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Ethiopia, Kenya, Mali, Mozambique, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia. Category 2: Students with citizenship from countries on the DAC list (note there are some exceptions).

For full information and details please review the Swedish Institute Study Scholarship webpage.

Other Swedish Institute Scholarships:

  • Visby Programme - Swedish Institute Baltic Sea Region
  • Swedish Institute Scholarships for East Europe
  • Swedish-Turkish Programme

For full information and details please review the Swedish Institute Scholarship information webpage.

US Student Finance

Lund University is a participating institution in the US Government Federal William D. Ford Direct Loan Program for undergraduate, Masters and doctoral programmes. This includes the Stafford Loans and the Graduate Plus Loans. Please note that this loan programme is only available to US citizens or eligible non-citizens. Read more about US student finance and Lund University.

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