The duration of the Master's Programme in Development Economics is four semesters, during which 120 ECTS must be earned. There are four compulsory modules (24 credits: Development Economics I + II, Socioeconomics of Rural Development, Econometrics I). Students can then specialise in agricultural economics or economics, each requiring further 12 credits (two modules) of compulsory courses in the field of specialisation. Furthermore, students have to attend another five modules in development or agricultural economics and three elective modules are chosen freely (any course offered by the Faculty of Economic Sciences, any course from the programme "Sustainable International Agriculture", and other subjects upon formal request). The programme is completed with a Master's thesis within the field of development or agricultural economics.
German nationals or non-residents with a German high school and undergraduate education have to spend a mandatory semester abroad or conduct field studies abroad. International students are exempt from this requirement.
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Study abroad unit(s)
A one-semester stay abroad (usually during the third semester) is obligatory for students with German undergraduate education. We offer a wide range of excellent partner universities to choose from all over the world: e.g., in India, China, Brazil, Russia, Indonesia, Cameroon, South Africa, Trinidad and Tobago, or South Korea (some of these exchange programmes are funded by the DAAD). Furthermore, you can benefit for our extensive ERASMUS partnerships with more than 60 European universities.
Alternatively, many students choose to carry out field work for their Master's theses (typically either within one of our own research projects or during an internship), which also satisfies this requirement. Students who went abroad during their Bachelor's programmes or obtained their undergraduate degree outside of Germany are exempt from this requirement.
Internships are not a mandatory component of the programme, but are strongly recommended as useful supplements. Completion of an internship in the area of international organisations, non-profit organisations or institutions is advisable in order to gain professional experience.
Forms of assessment
The programme uses a credit point system in which credits can be earned throughout the degree programme (written exams, seminar paper, presentation). The sequencing of the examination is flexible.
The research-oriented Master's degree offers a comprehensive four-semester programme dedicated to the study of development economics issues. Its broad course offerings, (one-semester stay abroad,) Master's thesis, and specialisation in agricultural economics or economics will enable students to analyse current issues in development economics and will prepare them for careers in research or policy in national governments, international organisations, or in organisation of development cooperation.