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Development and International Relations, Master

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #201 (WUR) Aalborg, Denmark
Development and International Relations (DIR) is an intensive two-year (four semesters) Master's program under the Study Board of International Affairs at Aalborg University, Denmark.
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The Master's program in Development and International Relations (DIR) at Aalborg University aims at providing an interdisciplinary insight into studies of development and international relations from a social sciences' perspective. DIR gives you the opportunity to become a dynamic practitioner in your field, whether your interests are strategic, managerial, policy-related, or all of the above.

You will achieve knowledge about various theoretical approaches to the study of Development and International Relations, learn to analyse aspects of economic, cultural, political and social developments from an interdisciplinary perspective and benefit from the experience of working in an intercultural environment derived both from participation in the international degree programme at Aalborg University and from an internship.

Our learning model rests upon principles of inter-disciplinary, problem-based learning and project work. Today, we are one of the leading universities in this method - but what truly sets us apart is the close connection between students and faculty. It begins by students themselves identifying real-world problems which they tackle through group projects in cooperation with their supervisor. In a recent OECD evaluation, our teaching model was applauded for being “optimal for learning”.

It is possible to study Development and International Relations for one or two semesters as a guest/exchange student. Guest/exchange students studying two semesters will obtain a one-year specialisation diploma. Note that guest/exchange students who are admitted for one semester will only obtain academic credits but not the diploma.

Job and Career

For some students it may lead to PhD studies or a career in teaching and research, while for many others it will open the door to a professional career in a number of areas in which development and international relations is a central component, such as:

  • business and industry
  • international trade
  • government and international service
  • civil societies/NGOs

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Theories of Social Science and Methodology
  • Theories of International Relations
  • Theories of International Relations
  • Political and Economic Development Processes
  • International Political Economy
  • Challenges to the Developing World
  • Project work

Detailed Programme Facts

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

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Academic Requirements

  • This programme does not recognise GRE® scores.

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General Requirements

The admission requirement for the master's degree program in Development and International Relations is a completed relevant bachelor's degree. A bachelor's degree in a social science discipline is considered relevant. The following bachelor's degrees from the humanities are also considered relevant: History, Language and International Studies (SIS/LISE, AAU) and bachelor's degrees including a minimum of 30 ECTS credits within one or more of the following subject areas : International relations, development studies, European studies, international political economy, area studies (e.g. China Studies or Latin American Studies), migration studies, refugee studies, cultural studies, globalization studies, integration studies, international law.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    6418 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6418 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

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    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
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47,900 DKK

Living costs for Aalborg

  • 5936 - 8300 DKK/month
    Living Costs

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