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Business Studies and International Development Studies

Master (2 years) of Business Studies and International Development Studies, 120 ECTS
Economics, commerce, management and accounting Interdisciplinary Studies

Institution Roskilde University (RUC)
Campus Roskilde
Duration 2 years
Tuition per term (Non-EU/EAA/CH) 4350 EUR
Tuition per term (EU/EAA/CH) 0 EUR

Business studies with a focus on developing countries

The master’s programme Business Studies + International Development Studies gives you insight into companies’ organization, management, and development. You will learn to analyse the organizational processes in light of the conditions imposed by the environment; you will understand the interaction between social, political, cultural and socio-economic trends in developing countries, and be able to use new development theories as a basis for identifying development problems in developing countries.

The programme provides training in how to translate theoretical analyses of companies in specific models for change, innovation and entrepreneurship within the company’s area of action. You will learn to identify relevant options for the management and organization of specific situations, based on development theories and business economics theories, methods and analyses. You will become qualified to organize the conditions for the development and regulation of companies’ circumstances and to participate in the organization and management of private and public activities focused on development.

Career opportunities 

The programme offers you a wide range of job opportunities in:
  • Public authorities working with development strategies and policies in developing countries
  • International aid organizations in charge of development projects, both in the public and private sectors
  • Private companies operating in developing countries and globally
  • Consultancies who provide advisory services for development projects
  • Interest groups seeking to influence policy agendas in relation to aid to developing countries
This degree qualifies you for a PhD.

Facts about the programme

Degree: Master of Science (MSc) in Social Sciences in Business Studies and International Development Studies

Language of tuition: The master’s programme is an international programme taught in English

Reverse combination?

Please note, that you can also study the reverse combination of this programme. In practice, this affects which of the two subjects you will write your thesis in. Once you are enrolled, it is not possible to switch combinations. 


Get an overview of the admission requirements that you must fulfil in order to be considered for admission as a master's student:
How and where to apply

At RUC, you can also enrol as a guest student or as an exchange student:
Admission for Exchange Students
Admission for Guest Students

Tuition fees

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

Further Information

Application Deadlines

September entry (EU/EEA citizens and tuition fee waivers)

Application date
Mar 01
Start date
Sep 01

September entry (non-EU/EEA citizens)

Application date
Jan 15
Start date
Sep 01


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