M.Sc. On Campus

International Development Studies

University of Amsterdam

24 months
16060 EUR/year
2168 EUR/year
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The two-year International Development Studies programme of the University of Amsterdam focuses on development processes and transformations and shifting balances of power in the Global South. 


Study programme

The curriculum of the International Development Studies programme of the University of Amsterdam discusses societal transformation and development trajectories at different interacting levels, ranging from the micro-level of individuals and households to the macro-level of states and finally to the global level.


The two-year Research Master's programmes in International Development Studies is specifically designed for excellent students wising to pursue a career in research. The main objective is to prepare students for an academic career, a career in applied research, or research-­intensive jobs in policy or professional fields. Graduates should be able to successfully start PhD research or acquire a position of equivalent level in applied research or policy practice.

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Epistemological & Ontological Issues in Urban and Development Studies
  • Theories, Issues & Debates in International Development Studies
  • Research Design: Mixed Methods
  • Purpose, Portfolio and Proposal Development
  • Literature Review & Fieldwork Profile
  • Critical Development Theory & Social Movements

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • A Bachelor’s degree in development studies or in another closely related discipline (such as human geography, sociology, social/cultural anthropology, political science and economics) are invited to apply, provided they meet all other entry requirements
  • International degrees are evaluated on the basis of advice from professional diploma evaluators. The minimum level of the degree should be equivalent to three years of Dutch university education
  • A solid basis in the field of development studies of at least (an equivalent of) 30 ECTS credits earned during previous study
  • A solid basis in both qualitative and quantitative social sciences research methodology as demonstrated by the completion of (the equivalent of) at least 30 ECTS during previous study
  • An overall GPA of at least a B+/A­ /3.5 (American system), second class, upper division Honours degree (British system), B (ECTS system), 7.5 (Dutch system) or equivalent
  • English language proficiency

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    16060 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 16060 EUR per year during 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2168 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2168 EUR per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Amsterdam

1000 - 1500 EUR /month
Living costs

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


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