What will I study?
This programme is an interdisciplinary programme in social sciences, which deals with key issues in development as well as different theoretical perspectives to increase your understanding of the preconditions for and content of development. The objective of the programme is to provide you with the background knowledge and concrete skills to understand, assess and work in development-related fields, whether in direct poverty reduction or in other aspects of social and institutional development.
The medium of instruction is English. This means that lectures and seminars will be given in English and that examinations (including the master’s thesis) will be in English.
During the third term (third semester) you are free to choose to do an internship, exchange studies, or take elective courses. You will be given ample opportunities for developing your intellectual capacities, expanding your skills and competencies, building up your network, as well as preparing for your life after your master’s, whether your goal is to stay in academia or find work in NGOs, the private sector or the public sector.
What happens after the programme?
After completing the Master of Science Programme in Development Studies, you will acquire a degree of Master of Science in Development Studies (120 credits), with a major in one of the following disciplines: Gender Studies, Development Studies, Human Geography, Education, Political Science, Social Work, Social Anthropology, Sociology, or Sociology of Law. The major corresponds to the major in your Bachelor’s degree.
The programme in development studies will prepare you for PhD studies as well as for a career in a role as policy maker, trainer or practitioner, in government agencies, private firms and NGOs.
How to apply?
To be eligible for one of our programmes you must have a Bachelor’s degree in one of the following Social Sciences majors:
- Political Science
- Social Work
- Social Anthropology
- Gender Studies
- Sociology of Law
- Development Studies
- Human Geography
We ask you to include a Statement of Purpose in your application.
Please see our website for detailed instructions on how to apply: http://graduateschool.sam.lu.se/how-to-apply
More information can be found at http://graduateschool.sam.lu.se/education/programmes/master-of-science-in-development-studies
A Bachelor s degree with a major in one of the following social sciences disciplines: development studies, education, gender studies, human geography, political science, social work, social anthropology, sociology and sociology of law or equivalent. A major is equivalent to a minimum of 90 credits or 50% of all degree course-work within one of the above social sciences disciplines. English 6/English Course B.
Based on their previous study results (grades on courses and thesis in the Bachelor s degree), proficiency in English and either a statement of purpose or a draft thesis proposal.
English language requirements
Most of Lund University’s programmes require English Level 6 (unless otherwise stated under “Entry requirements”). This is the equivalent of an overall IELTS score of 6.5 or a TOEFL score of 90. There are several ways to prove your English language proficiency – check which proof is accepted at the University Admissions in Sweden website. All students must prove they meet English language requirements by the deadline, in order to be considered for admission.
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