官网 挪威生命科学大学

What can you use this qualification for?

Students find employment in a wide range of national and international institutions, government agencies, non-governmental development organizations, multilateral and bilateral aid organizations, businesses, research and teaching institutions.
What will you learn?

The degree is distinguished by its combined use of research-based pedagogy and real-world study and practice as the foundation to understand what development means, and how it is practiced in a complex and changing global context. Students will gain a solid grounding in the concepts, history, theory and practice of global development. Students will learn about the conditions for human development at the local and global levels, and the relationships between development and ecological processes.

Short description

The degree is organized as a full-time program over a 2-year period with 120 study points. All teaching is in English, minimum requirements regarding English qualifications must be met. The degree consists of a series of courses including a Master’s thesis (30 or 60 points). Students are encouraged to write their thesis on the basis of research carried out in ‘field’ conditions in developing or developed countries. The first year consists of course work covering development theory and policy, research methodology, poverty, plus a range of elective subjects. Students design an individual study plan for the degree during the first semester, with the thesis usually written in the final Spring semester. Field courses, internships and practicum provide valuable practical experience and are offered as electives. Compulsory courses can be waived for students with a strong background in the subject.

You will understand the connections and political and economic processes in the global North and South, and acquire the necessary analytical and practical skills to work in the field of international development.

After completing this study program the students should have the following competences:

Knowledge:

  • Understand the meaning of development, the various approaches and theories related to the dynamics of development, and the critique of these.
  • A specialized insight into a particular area of development, for example poverty, food security or institutions.
  • Knowledge of theories and knowledge of understanding of different conceptions of development, including the disciplinary and interdisciplinary interpretations.

Skills:

  • Utilize the competence in planning and carrying out field research, project management and development work, critically assess new academic developments, within the development studies field as well as policy directions.
  • Carry out interdisciplinary analyses of development issues and evaluate past experience of various policy instruments in collaboration with colleagues from other academic fields.
  • Use various understandings and methods of social relations and drivers of change.
  • Analyze old and new directions within social sciences in understanding poverty, wealth accumulation, rights evolution and conflict.
  • Evaluate and use primary, secondary and tertiary sources of data.
  • Develop a critical perspective on power relations, ethical issues and conflicts of values related to social and environmental processes of change.
  • Contribute to social innovation and propose new solutions to development challenges.

General competence:

  • Plan and carry out independent research, develop innovative research questions and engage critically in policy formulation and project development.
  • Solve theoretical and methodological and project and policy problems.
  • Apply knowledge in new settings such as development, private sector management or teaching.
  • Participate in networks, negotiations and public debates, and be able to collaborate with people from different cultural backgrounds and academic fields.
    Bachelor`s degree or equivalent education in any field relevant to Social sciences: development studies, economics, political science, biology, teaching, anthropology, resource management, journalism, geography, etc. Please note that students with a former master degree from NMBU will not be prioritised. For admission procedures and English requirement, please see the NMBU admission web page: https://www.nmbu.no/en/studies/admission

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