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Research Master

International Development Studies

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The two-year Research Master in International Development Studies critically and constructively focuses on development debates, issues and processes in the Global North and the Global South with an emphasis on social and ecological justice.

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Study programme

The programme curriculum approaches international development, or contestations thereof, in multiple realms (including grassroots, public and private sectors, and global institutions) and explores the interaction among unequal power relations between diverse rural and urban, local, national and international actors and processes, within context-specific institutional settings.

What is a Research Master's programme?

Research Master's programmes are two-year programmes specifically designed for excellent students wishing to pursue a career in research or in policy and/or other organisation that require strong research skills. These programmes include additional research methodology and skills training, as well access to top research groups of the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research. The programmes prepare students for writing a PhD thesis and following an academic career, as well as for a research oriented career outside academia. The Research Master International Development Studies, in particular, also prepares students for potential careers in government agencies, non-governmental organisation, and consultancy agencies requiring a sound background in research.

What is a Research Master's programme?
In this video, the features of a Research Master's programme are explained by a current student, an alumna and an academic staff member.

Academic staff

Most staff members carry out their research within the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research, building upon a long tradition of research through its extensive global network of both Southern and Northern partners in development.

Careers

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.

Is International Development Studies (Research Master's) for you?

The Research Master International Development Studies welcomes research-oriented Dutch and international students who are seeking to critically and constructively study international development issues in an interdisciplinary programme, and who would like to join an intellectual community known for its open view towards global concerns. The programme maintains both high academic standard and is highly demanding. We expect you to devote your full attention to your studies for the duration of the programme.

Facts & Figures
Degree programme International Development Studies (research)
Type Regular study programme
Mode Full-time
Credits 120 ECTS, 24 months
Language of instruction English
Starts in September
CROHO code 60218