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International Development Studies is a one-year English-language Master's programme, which welcomes approximately 60 students per year, both Dutch and international students. It engages with development through a multi-disciplinary lens, meaning that development is not taught from a particular discipline, but is seen as being best understood through different disciplinary approaches.
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.
Our students find interesting and challenging work after graduating in a range of sectors. These include, but are not limited to:
- Non-governmental organisations such as Food First Coalition, War Child or the Red Cross
- Government ministries, embassies, and other agencies
- Scientific organisations such as the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO)
- Academic and research institutes including the University of Amsterdam and the Royal Tropical Institute (KIT)
- Private sector consultancy in banks, law firms, or consultancy firms
- Knowledge sharing and journalism such as the Broker
Is International Development Studies for you?
Are you interested in:
- history and theories of development
- the multi-scalar context of development processes and issues which recognises the links between the global, national, urban and local levels
- innovative and research-based teaching to familiarise students with the changing research context and emerging issues of development.
Then International Development Studies might be the right programme for you!