Global Development, M.Sc. | University of Copenhagen | Copenhagen, Denmark
24 months
10000 EUR/year
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The MSc in Global Development from University of Copenhagen is a research-based, cross-disciplinary Master of Science programme. Teaching and learning methods vary between lectures and classroom instruction, visits to field sites, case and project work carried out individually and together with other students. Students are encouraged to participate actively in class discussions.


The MSc in Global Development at the University of Copenhagen is a two-year programme taught in English.

The first year consists of seven compulsory courses including the mandatory field course in a low or middle-income country. All students undertake fieldwork in the same location. 

The second year is a year of specialisation wherein the fourth semester is devoted to your master’s thesis.

You have the opportunity to design and compose your third semester according to your interests. It is recommended that you link your third semester activities with your master’s thesis.

As a graduate, you will be able to

  • identify and critically analyse key factors and forces shaping the livelihoods and well-being of individuals, populations and societies at global, regional, national and local levels
  • independently analyse and evaluate policies and strategies for development and economic growth in low and middle-income societies
  • discuss cultures and social norms in the contextualisation of theories
  • critically evaluate, discuss and prioritise among key methodologies with regard to validity, reliability and applicability
  • communicate and discuss research-based knowledge, advice and decisions across cultures and on different levels to researchers, policy-makers, media, organisations and laypersons.

Combining knowledge and skills, graduates will be able to work effectively with cross-disciplinary problems in the area of global development on an individual basis and in teams as well as being able to provide evidence-based solutions to situations which are complex and require new approaches.

Furthermore, you will be able to communicate your knowledge and findings to a wide range of audiences using different media and strategies.


The study programme paves the way for several types of employment depending on your specialisation during the second year of the programme. Many candidates will go on to jobs in private companies which interact with the Global South (Africa, Asia and Latin America). Other graduates will find employment in institutions and organisations engaged in development work and other international issues. 

There is considerable potential for production companies, service businesses and consultants in the global markets, especially in the BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) and in the new growth countries, for example Indonesia, Mexico, Turkey and several African countries. Graduates of this new study programme can help realise this potential.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Global Development: Theories, Facts and Current Issues
  • Global Politics
  • Global Business and Economics
  • Economic Growth and Inequality
  • Transnational Actors, Networks and Place Making
  • Advanced Research Methods
  • Interdisciplinary Field Research (Field Course)

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.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A bachelor degree anthropology, economics, geography, geoinformatics, natural resources, political science, public health, sociology or urban, energy and environmental planning from a Danish university, or
  • A bachelor degree from a recognised university equivalent to the above BSc degrees
  • The bachelor degree must contain a minimum of 15 ECTS of qualitative and/or quantitative methods
  • Proficiency in English corresponding to at least English B-level; cf. Section 11 of the Danish Ministerial Order on Admission at Universities

Work experience

Relevant job experience (from student jobs, voluntary work etc.)

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    10000 EUR/year
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    Based on the tuition of 10000 EUR per year during 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 0 EUR per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Copenhagen

7928 - 13456 DKK /month
Living costs

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


The University of Copenhagen (UCPH) offers a limited number of tuition waivers and grants through the Danish Government Scholarship programme. The scholarships are competitive and offered to highly talented students with outstanding academic records from non-EU/EEU countries. All non-EU/EEA applicants offered admission will automatically be considered for the scholarship.

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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