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.
The programme teaches students to deal with development processes relating to social, economic, political, technological, or environmental change. You examine the complexity of development issues from different perspectives: sociology/anthropology, economics, etc. You can focus on transformation processes either in developing countries or in European (western) counties.
In this programme, you learn to deal with development processes relating to social, economic, political, technological, or environmental change. You examine the complexity of development issues from different perspectives: sociology/anthropology, economics, etc. You can focus on transformation processes either in developing countries, or in European (western) countries.
The total two-year master programme contains 120 European Credits. In the first year, you choose a specialisation based on your academic background. You then follow courses from your specialisation in the first year. The programme consists of the following:
During the second year, you do a thesis in your specialisation. Additional elements in the programme include the following:
The internship, Academic Consultancy Training course and Modular Skills of the Common Part are done during in the second year.
Based on your interests, you can also follow optional courses. The study advisor will inform you how many optional courses you will be able to do depending on how well your academic background corresponds to this programme. You can choose optional courses based on your own interests. If you have a university degree in a discipline well related to the programme, you may have 4-5 optional courses.
Research Master Variant
If you are interested in a research-oriented career then you should consider taking the Research Master Variant. The Research Master Variant has a strong methodological focus and provides you with an advanced disciplinary basis. The programme is intended to prepare you for a future career in scientific research, such as a PhD position. This variant focuses extra on developing research competencies and acquiring in-depth disciplinary knowledge and trains students a high academic caliber.
The Wageningen Graduate School of Social Sciences is involved through partnerships with the International Development Studies programme ensuring that you achieve the highest academic standards. The Research Master Variant can be done within any of the three MID specialisations.
Special Features of the Research Master Variant
The research master programme is a variant of the two-year MSc programme International Development Studies (120 credits) and includes as special features:
You receive guidance on how to translate your thesis into a manuscript for an international scientific journal.SpecialisationsWithin the programme International Development Studies you follow one of the following specialisations, depending on your academic background and your interests, and in consultation with your study advisor.
Possibilities for optional courses
Optional courses allow you to personalise your programme. If you have completed an academic programme which is well-related to International Development Studies, you may be able to include several optional courses in your programme. Suppose you are interested in focussing on issues relating to disaster studies. You could then choose to do some courses in disaster studies. Or you may be interested in doing some courses in Economics while you are following the Sociology of Development specialisation. You can discuss this with your study advisor who can let you know whether that is possible, and also suggest which courses you could take. If you have 18 credits in a particular theme or discipline outside your own specialisation, the Examination Commission may award you a Minor in that theme, for example a Minor in Disaster Studies or a Minor in Economics.
You must check with the study advisor if your academic background is sufficient to follow the course and if the course can be included in your programme as an optional course.
If you are interested in an area which is outside the social sciences, for example, courses in the environment sciences, or in irrigation, it may be possible for you to include these courses in your programme. You get an opportunity to be truly multi-disciplinary in your approach. You should check with your study advisor whether you have the right background and if the course is appropriate for you.
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