MSc Master of Science; Amsterdam Institute of Social Science Research (AISSR) Current globalisation processes have interconnected countries, companies and people in a completely new way, and the classic division between the developed and the developing world no longer holds true.
The Master's programme in International Development Studies (IDS) provides thorough background knowledge of contemporary theories and debates on international development, as well as more specific insights into key themes within the international development sector, such as:
* poverty and resilience
* health and education
* (urban) governance
* sustainable development
* community-based natural resource management.
Interdisciplinary and problem-oriented training equips students with the academic skills they will need. In addition to academic skills, students also develop much-needed professional skills.
A distinctive feature of the programme are the fieldwork research projects that students undertake in developing countries. The IDS programme builds upon a tradition of policy-oriented research through its extensive network of both Southern and Northern partners-in-development. The University of Amsterdam is also home to the Amsterdam institute for Metropolitan and International Development Studies (AMIDSt), a major research institute in the areas of international development studies, human geography and spatial planning and policies.
Students can enter this programme either in September or in February. The programme consists of three core courses, one elective course and an independent research/thesis project (60 ECTS credits). The written Master's thesis will be based on an independent research project undertaken in a developing country during a short period of fieldwork.
Type of recognition: Accreditation Organisation of The Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO)
Amsterdam Institute of Social Science Research (AISSR), Netherlands