Development Studies, M.A. | University of Passau | Passau, Germany
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About

The Development Studies programme from University of Passau enables students to develop the advanced knowledge, analytical skills, and conceptual frameworks required to understand and navigate the complexities of economic and social development. 

Overview

Students enrolled in the programme gain insights into the economic, social, ethical, and cultural contexts and constraints of development. The programme provides outstanding opportunities to put theory into practice through international field research, with a strong focus on integrating quantitative and qualitative methods.

The programme addresses the worldwide need for experts in the expanding field of development research as well as for project managers in international development cooperation.

Who should study this degree programme? 

This Development Studies programme from University of Passau is particularly suitable for students with a first degree in social science and mid-career professionals in any development-related field. Qualified students from developing and emerging countries are particularly welcome.

Career prospects

Graduates have a wide range of potential career paths within the development field, such as:

  • programme managers for local and international development organisations, including government agencies, non-governmental organisations and community groups
  • policymakers at bilateral and multilateral organisations, such as GIZ, the World Bank and the United Nations, as well as for civil society advocacy groups
  • an academic career as a researcher/doctoral student

Programme Structure

Module area A: Foundation (15 ECTS)

  • Methods and theories of development research
  • Interdisciplinary development seminar

Module area B: Research (at least 25 ECTS)

  • Qualitative and quantitative research methods
  • Research seminar 
  • Development studies colloquia

Module area C: Specialisation (at least 45 ECTS)

At least one module from three out of these five groups:

  • Economics
  • Southeast Asian Studies
  • Sociology and Politics
  • Sustainability and Resources
  • Geographies of Development

Module area D: Transfer (15 ECTS)

  • Applied development studies (compulsory)
  • Foreign language module
  • Development studies in perspective
  • Development studies in perspective I
  • Development studies in perspective II

Master's thesis (25 ECTS)

You will write a thesis in English on a topic from module area C: Specialisation

Study focus

You have th eoption of choosing one of the following as a study focus that is listed in your final transcript:

  • Southeast Asian Studies
  • Economics
  • Sustainability

 

Key information

Duration

  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

Language

English

Credits

120 ECTS

Delivered

On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any specific GRE, GMAT or GPA grading score requirements for this programme.

English requirements

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

Student insurance

Make sure to cover your health, travel, and stay while studying abroad. Even global coverages can miss important items, so make sure your student insurance ticks all the following:

  • Additional medical costs (i.e. dental)
  • Repatriation, if something happens to you or your family
  • Liability
  • Home contents and baggage
  • Accidents
  • Legal aid

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • A first (bachelor’s or equivalent) university degree in a social science, i.e. economics, anthropology, demography, empirical social or human geography, sociology, political science, administrative science or any other equivalent degree with a minimum of 60 ECTS credits in one or several of these disciplines.

  •  Any past achievements and qualifications gained in 'Wirtschaftswissenschaften' (combined business and economics programmes) must be derived specifically from economics ('Volkswirtschaftslehre') modules. This first degree must have been obtained as part of a programme of study with a minimum standard duration of three years' full-time study. 

  • Unless English is your first language or the language of instruction for your undergraduate studies or secondary school education, you will need to prove that you have adequate English skills (level B2 CEFR or higher)

Tuition Fee

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  • National

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  • There are no tuition fees. However, you have to pay a contribution of currently €106 per semester for student services and the bus pass.

Living costs for Passau

630 - 1000 EUR /month
Living costs

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

Funding

For highly qualified graduates from third-world, threshold, or developing countries, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) in Bonn, Germany, grants up to ten full scholarships per year to cover the expenses for the whole two-year programme at the University of Passau.

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Scholarships Information

Below you will find Master's scholarship opportunities for Development Studies.

Available Scholarships

You are eligible to apply for these scholarships but a selection process will still be applied by the provider.

Provided by university
Grant
500 EUR
Deadline
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Oskar-Karl-Forster scholarship
Merit-based

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University of Passau
Passau, Germany
Independent provider
Grant
1300 EUR
Deadline
Not specified
Fully Funded DAAD EPOS Scholarship
Merit-based

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DAAD
Location not available
Independent provider
Grant
934 EUR
Deadline
Not specified
Leadership for Africa (Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda): Master's Degree Scholarships in Germany
Merit-based Need-based

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DAAD
Location not available
Independent provider
Grant
300 EUR
Deadline
Not specified
The Deutschlandstipendium at German Universities
Merit-based

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German Government
Location not available
Independent provider
Grant
1200 EUR
Deadline
Not specified
Karl Schmidt Rottluff Scholarship
Merit-based

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Studienstiftung
Location not available
Independent provider
Grant
934 EUR
Deadline
Not specified
Study Scholarships - Master Studies for All Academic Disciplines
Merit-based Need-based

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DAAD
Location not available
Independent provider
Grant
500 EUR
Deadline
Not specified
EU Mobility Programme for Myanmar
Need-based

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Unknown
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Independent provider
Grant
1000 EUR
Deadline
Not specified
DAAD-ACEH Scholarship of Excellence
Merit-based Need-based

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DAAD
Location not available
Independent provider
Grant
80 ZAR
Deadline
Not specified
DAAD-NRF Joint Scholarship Programme South Africa
Merit-based Need-based

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DAAD
Location not available
Independent provider
Grant
1000000 INR
Deadline
Anytime
Education Future International Scholarship
Merit-based

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Education Future
Location not available
Independent provider
Grant
21000 GBP
Deadline
Not specified
LSE Executive Global Master’s in Management Hinrich Foundation Scholarship
Merit-based

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Hinrich Foundation
Location not available
Independent provider
Grant
3500 USD
Deadline
15 Nov 2024
ACES Scholarships
Merit-based Need-based

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ACES Education Fund
Location not available
Independent provider
Grant
1300 EUR
Deadline
Not specified
Development-Related Postgraduate Courses (EPOS) • DAAD
Merit-based

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German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
Location not available
Independent provider
Grant
1200 EUR
Deadline
Not specified
Graduate School Scholarship Programme
Merit-based Need-based

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German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
Location not available
Independent provider
Grant
1000 USD
Deadline
30 Nov 2024
ServiceScape Scholarship
Merit-based Need-based

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ServiceScape
Location not available
Independent provider
Grant
1000 USD
Deadline
30 Nov 2024
The Smooth Movers Scholarship
Merit-based Need-based

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The Smooth Movers
Location not available
Independent provider
Grant
934 EUR
Deadline
Not specified
Leadership for Africa (Cameroon, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Niger and Senegal): Master's Degree Scholarships in Germany
Merit-based Need-based

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DAAD
Location not available
Independent provider
Grant
934 EUR
Deadline
Not specified
Study Scholarships - Master Studies for All Academic Disciplines
Merit-based Need-based

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DAAD
Location not available
Independent provider
Grant
850 EUR
Deadline
Not specified
DAAD-TEV-Master's degree scholarships
Merit-based

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DAAD
Location not available
Independent provider
Grant
480 EUR
Deadline
Not specified
SBW Berlin Scholarship
Need-based

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SBW Berlin
Location not available
Independent provider
Grant
Various benefits
Deadline
Not specified
International Sustainability Academy Scholarship
Merit-based Need-based

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International Sustainability Academy (ISA)
Location not available
Independent provider
Grant
Various benefits
Deadline
14 Oct 2024
Fulbright U.S. Student Program
Merit-based Need-based

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U.S. government
Location not available
Independent provider
Grant
649 EUR
Deadline
31 Dec 2024
Scholarship of the German National Academic Foundation
Merit-based

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Campus France
Location not available
Independent provider
Grant
1350 EUR
Deadline
31 Oct 2024
ELES-Scholarship (Ernst-Ludwig-Ehrlich-Studienwerk)
Merit-based Need-based

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Austria’s Agency for Education and Internationalisation
Location not available
Independent provider
Grant
1000 EUR
Deadline
15 Sep 2024
ARGE Donauländer Scholarships
Merit-based Need-based

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Province of Lower Austria
Location not available
Independent provider
Grant
Various benefits
Deadline
31 Dec 2024
Grants of the Leopold Figl Foundation for students with residence in Lower Austria
Need-based

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Leopold Figl Foundation
Location not available
Independent provider
Grant
Various benefits
Deadline
Not specified
Erasmus+ - Grants for study mobility
Merit-based

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OeAD, Austria's Agency for Education and Internationalisation
Location not available
Independent provider
Grant
25000 USD
Deadline
20 Sep 2024
Atlas Shrugged Essay Contest
Merit-based Need-based

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Ayn Rand Institute
Location not available
Independent provider
Grant
7000 USD
Deadline
24 Apr 2025
Go Global MBA Scholarship
Merit-based

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educations.com
Location not available
Independent provider
Grant
5000 USD
Deadline
25 Aug 2024
Women Scholarship for International Students
Merit-based

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educations.com
Location not available
Independent provider
Grant
5000 CAD
Deadline
31 Dec 2024
Pinsky Law New Venture Development Scholarship
Merit-based

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Pinsky Law
Location not available
Independent provider
Grant
90000 AUD
Deadline
Not specified
World Universities Ramsay Postgraduate Scholarship
Merit-based Need-based

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The Ramsay Centre
Location not available
Independent provider
Grant
3000 USD
Deadline
31 Dec 2025
Scholarship for students with disabilities
Need-based

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Anonymous Hope Fund
Location not available
Independent provider
Grant
12000 USD
Deadline
30 Nov 2024
Tobacco Harm Reduction Scholarship Programme
Merit-based Need-based

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The Tobacco Harm Reduction Scholarship Programme
Location not available
Independent provider
Grant
10000 USD
Deadline
31 Jul 2024
Global Innovation Challenge
Merit-based Need-based

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Social Shifters
Location not available
Independent provider
Grant
8000 EUR
Deadline
Not specified
Erasmus Mundus Joint Masters scholarships
Merit-based Need-based

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European Commission
Location not available
Independent provider
Grant
3500 USD
Deadline
15 Nov 2024
The Bill Walsh Scholarship
Merit-based

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ACES: The Society for Editing
Location not available
Independent provider
Grant
3000 USD
Deadline
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AAPG Foundation Grants-in-Aid
Merit-based Need-based

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American Association of Petroleum Geologists Foundation
Location not available
Independent provider
Grant
2000 USD
Deadline
31 Jul 2024
The MyUS Community Scholarship
Merit-based Need-based

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MyUS
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Grant
2000 USD
Deadline
20 Aug 2024
Dermadry Hyperhidrosis Scholarship
Merit-based Need-based

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Dermadry
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Grant
1000 USD
Deadline
31 Aug 2024
$1,000 All Star Verified Scholarship
Merit-based

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Verified Scholarships
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Independent provider
Grant
1000 USD
Deadline
10 Dec 2024
PlagiarismSearch 2024 Essay Contest
Merit-based

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PlagiarismSearch
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Grant
1000 USD
Deadline
31 Oct 2024
$1,500 Annual Video Contest Scholarship
Merit-based

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IvyPanda
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Grant
1000 USD
Deadline
31 Aug 2024
Florida Rentals Annual Dream Vacation Scholarship
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Florida Rentals
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Independent provider
Grant
965 USD
Deadline
Anytime
Dr. Martin Blank – SYB Scholarship
Merit-based

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Shield Your Body
Location not available
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Grant
500 USD
Deadline
31 Oct 2024
CryptoRunner Scholarship
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CryptoRunner
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