24 months
17616 EUR/year
1084 EUR/year
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The International Development Studies degree from Wageningen University and Research is a two-year MSc programme. It focuses on worldwide social transformation processes related to livelihoods, agro-food networks and the environment in a dynamic international context. 

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In the programme social, economic, political and environmental change are studied from various perspectives.

What makes the programme unique?

  • You focus on current themes such as disasters, migration, food security, resource conflict, and environmental policy; and you learn to work in an interdisciplinary way combining anthropology, sociology, economics, governance studies, etc.
  • You acquire useful practical skills during a four-month internship at an organisation in your second year.
  • You develop your research skills by formulating your own thesis research and carrying out your own fieldwork.

Future career - International Development Studies

Graduates of the International Development Studies degree from Wageningen University and Research are employed as programme/project coordinators, consultants, advisors, policymakers, researchers, or trainers. Almost half of the graduates surveyed work as consultant, advisor or project coordinator in the non-profit sector, or as manager/consultant in the private business sector or in a bank.

Programme Structure


  • Sociology of Development
  • Economics of Development
  • Inclusive Innovation, Communication and Development
  • Politics and Governance of Development

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

Sept: Application via Studielink will open in October


120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • A Grade Point Average (GPA) for the B.Sc. or B.A. study of at least 70% of the maximum scale. International students can check if they meet this requirement indicated in the International Credentials on the Admission Requirements page.
  • Fluency in English, both written and spoken.
Do you have a relevant degree (B.A. or B.Sc.) in the social sciences or economics from a university in the Netherlands or abroad? The duration of your study should be at least three years. You may be eligible for admission if you have done one of the following studies and meet all the admission requirements, subject to the approval of the Admissions Board for Social Sciences.
  • Social Sciences
  • Anthropology
  • Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology
  • Cultural Anthropology and Development Studies
  • Economics
  • Business Economics
  • European Studies
  • International Relations and International Organizations

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    17616 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 17616 EUR per year during 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    1084 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1084 EUR per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Wageningen

700 - 800 EUR /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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