The Master’s Programme in Global Development Theory and Practice (GLODE) gives you a thorough understanding of global development processes through critical evaluation of relevant theories and the contexts of sustainable human development.
- How can human rights and social justice be integrated in development processes?
- How do we appraise the consequences of global governance and the politics of aid?
- How does climate change impact on sustainable development?
You will also learn about the practice of development, including policy and programme planning, implementation and evaluation at different levels of organisation.
In addition, you will get the opportunity to develop and carry out an independent research project under close supervision of staff at The Department of Psychology, and thereby develop your skills as a researcher.
We offer two specialisations:
- Health Promotion: Gives you expertise in health promotion theory and practice in the context of global development. The general approach of all aspects of this specialisation is a resource-based perspective.
- Gender in Global Development:Gives you expertise in gender and feminist analysis in the context of global development. Focus is put on gendered power relations and vulnerabilities as well as processes of empowerment and social change.
Our programme also gives you the unique opportunity to choose between a 60 ECTS Master’s thesis or a one semester’s internship and a 30 ECTS Master’s thesis.
A Master’s degree in Global Development Theory and Practice qualifies you for work in a broad spectrum of development aid organisations (the UN, national development agencies and NGOs), as well as national and local public administration.
You will be skilled in interdisciplinary teamwork and will know how to manage teams with members from different professional backgrounds, and from community organisations.
Graduates will also be qualified to work as research assistants both in industry and in the public sector.
Students with superior performance may be qualified for further academic work, including doctoral study (PhD programme)
The programme covers two academic years (four semesters) and starts in the autumn.
- Critical Approaches to Global Development (20 ECTS) (mandatory)
- Introduction to Methodology (10 ECTS) (mandatory)
- Development Practice (10 ETCS) (mandatory)
- Either Qualitative Methods and Research Planning (10 ECTS) or Statistical Analysis and Research Planning (10 ECTS)
- Either Specialisation in Gender in Global Development: Gender Analysis in Global Development – Core Perspectives and Issues (10 ECTS) (mandatory) or Specialisation in Health Promotion: Foundations of Health Promotion (10 ECTS) (mandatory)
- Either Internship (30 ECTS)
- Or Master’s Thesis—semester 1 of 2
- Either Master’s Thesis (30 ECTS)
- Or Master’s Thesis—semester 2 of 2 (60 ECTS)
Prospective students for the Master’s Programme in Global Development Theory and Practice must have obtained an undergraduate degree or Bachelor’s degree of at least 3 years’ duration at a recognised institution in either social or health sciences, or have an equivalent educational background. The applicants must document special competence equaling one and a half years of study (90 ECTS) in a field or specialisation relevant for the study of global development theory and practice.
For international applicants a minimum of 2nd Class, Upper Division or the equivalent on the Bachelor’s degree is normally required in order to be considered for admission. For Norwegian applicants the requirement is an average of C or above on the courses of specialisation.
As English is the language used in teaching, examinations and the thesis, applicants for both specialisations must document proficiency in the English language, in accordance with specified requirements.
Only international applicants must present a letter of motivation with the application (written in English) , demonstrating their reasons for applying to this particular programme, and what they would like to achieve in the course of the 2 years’ study period.
Ranking for international applicants
Applicants are firstly ranked according to their academic results, based on the grades in the specialisation in their Bachelor’s degrees.
The second criterion taken into consideration when ranking candidates is depth and relevance of work experience.
Thirdly, applicants for the specialisation in Gender in Global Development who have a gender studies component in their Bachelor Specialisation will be given priority, although such a component is not required. Similarly, applicants for the specialisation in Health Promotion who have a health promotion-related component in their Bachelor Specialisation will be given priority, but such a component is not required.
Fourthly, considerations will be taken to ensure diversity of the student pool.
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