Global Development - Theory and Practice, Master

Global Development - Theory and Practice, Master

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
The aim of this master's programme from University of Bergen is to train advanced professionals in the field of Global Development - Theory and Practice with specialisation in either health promotion or gender and global development.



Study with us, and you will get in-depth understanding of global development processes through critical evaluation of relevant theories and the contexts of sustainable human development.

Objectives and content

The overarching objectives for both specializations are to provide the students with in-depth understanding of:

  • Global development through critical evaluation of relevant theories; integration of human rights and social justice; appraisal of global governance and the politics of aid; and assessment of impact of climate change on sustainable development.
  • The practice of development, including policy and programme planning, implementation and evaluation at the levels of local organisations and communities, municipalities and states, national and international cooperation projects.
  • The contexts of sustainable human development including culture, international cooperation and ecology/conservation.

In both specialisations, qualitative or quantitative research methods will be taught, and may be used by students depending on thesis topics. All students are integrated into the Department Research Groups, and many will undertake thesis research that is part of the Advisor's research activities. Research ethics is an integral part of learning.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Critical Perspectives on Global Development
  • Introduction to methodology
  • Development practice
  • Gender Analysis i Global Development - Core perspectives and Issues
  • Qualitative Methods & Research Planning
  • Quantitative Methods & Research Planning
For more information please visit the progroamme website.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

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    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

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.

All 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.

Tuition Fee

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The University of Bergen is publicly funded and offers tuition-free quality education for all students, regardless of citizenship.

Living costs for Bergen

  • 10362 - 16830 NOK/month
    Living Costs

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