Development Studies

Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies

24 months
7596 EUR/year
4747 EUR/year
Tuition fee
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The Development Studies programme of Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies is an intensive two-year study programme that offers an interdisciplinary approach to development. This programme provides students with a sound understanding of the local and global processes that define the politics and practices of international development.


The curriculum of the Development Studies programme of Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies combines a critical analysis of alternative paradigms, methodological competences and substantive knowledge in thematic specialisations.

Together with professional skills workshops, the use of interactive pedagogical methods, a capstone project and a thesis, students will gain the conceptual and practical tools they need to pursue successful careers in government, international organisations and the non-profit sector.

The programme combines training in quantitative and qualitative research methods with a wide choice of courses offering perspectives from the Institute’s core disciplines: anthropology, economy, history, law, political science and sociology.

The programme offers students the possibility to specialise in one of three thematic tracks:

  • Mobilities, Spaces and Cities
  • Power, Conflict and Development
  • Environment, Resources and Sustainability

The programme also includes the completion of a Capstone Project where students work with one of the Graduate Institute’s partner organisations, participation in professional skills workshops and the option to validate an internship for credit.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Statistical Methods for Social Sciences
  • Social Inquiry and Qualitative Methods for International Affairs and Development
  • Economics of Development
  • Gender and Development: From Theory to Practice
  • History, Theory and Practice of Development
  • Poverty and Inequality

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines




120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • You should hold, or at least receive upon arrival, a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent in a discipline relevant to your study programme, from an accredited university
    • Professional experience and extracurricular activities are not compulsory but can be an asset to your application
    • Complete the online application form
    • Pay the application fee
    • Provide contact details for two academic referees on the application form
    • Upload all your supporting documents before the deadline

Tuition Fee

  • International

    7596 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7596 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    4747 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4747 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • Non-resident students: CHF 8,000 per year
  • Resident students: CHF 5,000 per year 


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Development Studies
Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies