• Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
The Master’s Degree Programme in Development, Education and International Cooperation seeks to provide students with tools for functioning creatively and effectively in the world of international development cooperation, with a specific focus on development and education.

About

The programme broadens and deepens students’ understanding of international development institutions, policies, and actors from a critical, reflexive and interdisciplinary perspective. 

The Master’s Degree Programme in Development, Education and International Cooperation seeks to provide students with tools for functioning creatively and effectively in the world of international development cooperation, with a specific focus on development and education.

The students will learn both intellectual tools and practical skills, with which to encounter multi-faceted and contradictory phenomena in the field. The programme thereby broadens and deepens students’ understanding of international development institutions, policies, and actors from a critical, reflexive and interdisciplinary perspective. 

Career opportunities

Development Studies graduates from the University of Jyväskylä have found employment with a range of governments, intergovernmental organisations, charities, donor agencies, consultancy firms, or non-profit organisations. These include the United Nations, Red Cross, Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs, and various embassies around the world. Others have gone on to pursue doctoral studies and/or a career in academia. 

Programme Structure

The programme's core modules include themes such as development theory, development policy, project management, intercultural communication, education development, and research skills.

The programme is recommended to anyone interested in the field of development studies and a professional career in international development. Employment prospects are enhanced by the programme's method of linking academic studies with a practical engagement with real-life situations and job market conditions.

Emphasis on education makes the programme unique even globally. Indeed, the programme is ideal for education students interested in the field of international development, and for social science students interested in global education.

Detailed Programme Facts

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:

    92

    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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  • Minimum required score:

    580

    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks. Read more about TOEFL®PBT.

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  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    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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  • Minimum required score (Grade C):

    180

    C1 Advanced is a Cambridge English Qualification. It reports on the Cambridge English Scale between 142 and 210. You will receive a separate score for each of the four skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) and for Use of English. These five scores are averaged to give you an overall result for the exam. Universities and colleges may ask you to achieve a specific score, either overall or for a particular skill.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

Academic Requirements

Eligible applicants for the Master’s Degree Programme must have completed a Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent in a relevant field. Suitable degrees include;
  • Social Science: a degree in development studies or related social science discipline.
  • Education: a degree in education or other related field.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    10000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 10000 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    Free
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Jyväskylä

  • 700 - 1100 EUR/month
    Living Costs

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

Funding

The University of Jyväskylä offers a scholarship, which covers the tuition fee to 50 % of admitted scholarship applicants. You can apply for the scholarship in the same online form with which you apply for admission to a Master’s programme at JYU.

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