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International Development Studies and Global Studies

Master (2 years) of International Development Studies and Global Studies, 120 ECTS
Economics, commerce, management and accounting Humanities, social sciences, communication and arts 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

Do you want to understand development in the context of globalisation?

The object of the Master’s programme in International Development Studies and Global Studies is to enhance your knowledge and competencies within the interlinked political, cultural and economic processes relating to globalisation, inequality and processes of development in connection with the Global South. Emphasis is placed on understanding development in the context of globalisation, such as the significance of globalisation for conflict resolution, political stability and institutions of global governance.

This programme encourages you to explore how processes of development are anchored in values, socio-economic inequality, power relations and international and local politics. After graduation, you will understand development in new ways, and will have acquired the necessary problem-solving tools to understand and communicate in the ever more complex world in which we live.

The combination MSc programme provides specific skills with a particular view to qualifying you for work in development organisations (national and non-governmental organisations) as well as in the private sector.


This programme is qualifying you for work in:
  • Development organisations (national and non-governmental organisations)
  • The private sector
  • Consulting firms
  • Universities
  • Ministries
The master programme qualifies graduates to start on a PhD programme.

Academic staff

Academic staff International Development Studies
Academic staff Global Studies

Facts about the programme

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