Global Development

Master (2 years) of of Science in Global Development, 120 ECTS
Agriculture and environment Economics, commerce, management and accounting Humanities, social sciences, communication and arts Interdisciplinary Studies Law, public administration, public order and safety

Institution University of Copenhagen (UCPH)
Campus City Campus
Duration 2 years
Tuition per term (Non-EU/EAA/CH) 5000 EUR
Tuition per term (EU/EAA/CH) 0 EUR
Erasmus Yes


The MSc in Global Development is a research-based, cross-disciplinary Master of Science programme.Enrolled students will be part of an international and vibrant study environment at the campus for social sciences at the University of Copenhagen, located near the city centre. 

The first year comprises six compulsory courses followed by a field course in a low or middle-income country. During the second year, students are free to compose their study programme as they wish, ending with a master’s thesis.

After two years the student completing the course will be able to: 
  • identify and critically analyse key factors and forces shaping the livelihoods and well-being of individuals, populations and societies at global, regional, national and local levels
  • independently analyse and evaluate policies and strategies for development and economic growth in low and middle-income societies
  • discuss cultures and social norms in the contextualisation of theories
  • critically evaluate, discuss and prioritise among key methodologies with regard to validity, reliability and applicability
  • communicate and discuss research-based knowledge, advice and decisions across cultures and on different levels to researchers, policy-makers, media, organisations and laypersons.

Career Opportunities  

The study programme paves the way for several new types of employment depending on your specialisation during the second year of the programme.

Many candidates will go on to jobs in private companies which interact with the Global South (Africa, Asia and Latin America). Other graduates will find employment in institutions and organisations engaged in development work and more international issues.

There is considerable potential for Danish production companies, service businesses and consultants in the global markets, especially in the BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) and in the new growth countries, for example Indonesia, Mexico, Turkey and several African countries. Graduates of this new study programme can help realise this potential.

The programme can also lead to a research career within global development.


All applications fulfilling the prerequisites will be individually assessed.
Applicants must fulfil the following minimum requirements for admission:
  • A bachelor degree from a recognised university equivalent to a BSc degree in either anthropology, economics, geography, geoinformatics, natural resources, political science or sociology
  • The bachelor degree must contain a minimum of 15 ECTS of qualitative and/or quantitative methodsFurthermore, there are language requirements for all applicants.
In addition, documentation may be required verifying that your proficiency in English is at a specified level. 
Read about the language requirements of the University of Copenhagen  

Apply directly at the University of Copenhagen with all relevant documentation.

To find out whether the level of your foreign certificate or diploma satisfies the general entry requirements, you should contact the University of Copenhagen directly. A list of the most commonly recognized exams and diplomas can be found at the Danish Agency for Higher Education

Exchange students should contact their home institution for information on application procedures and deadlines.


There is a tuition fee for all full-time degree students who hold a citizenship from outside EU/EAA/Switzerland. Students within an exchange programme are not required to pay tuition.

For Further Information

Information from the Danish Agency for Higher Education can be located at

You will find information about the Danish assessment of foreign qualifications in Guide to diploma recognition

About the Educational System in general visit the section The Danish Higher Education System

Non-EU/EEA/Swiss Citizens

Application date
Jan 15
Start date
Sep 01

EU/EEA/Swiss Citizens

Application date
Apr 01
Start date
Sep 01

City Campus


Studying at City Campus means being downtown Copenhagen. Everything the city has to offer is right outside the door. Nevertheless, it is easy to escape city noise in order to study or relax in one of the many beautiful, surrounding parks.The campus area accommodates the Faculty of Social Sciences and a part of the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences.

Centre for Health and Society is located between the city lakes and the transport hub Nørreport. This is a place brimming with history as the buildings are the former district general hospital with high ceilings and a stylish architectural look. Teaching facilities are modern, and in 2013, the University opened a new building with three auditoriums.

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