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International Development Studies


Examine global inequalities, ranging from their causes, characteristics and possible solutions. International Development Studies is concerned with a broad range of topics like poverty, conflict, security, social and gender inequality, sustainability, education, the environment and the relationship between local, national and global processes.


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Study programme

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.

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.


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

Doing fieldwork abroad

Critically engaging in IDS theories and debates

Multidisciplinary programme

Is International Development Studies for you?

Are you interested in:

  1. history and theories of development
  2. the multi-scalar context of development processes and issues which recognises the links between the global, national, urban and local levels
  3. 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!

Facts & Figures
Degree programme MSc International Development Studies
Type Regular study programme
Mode Full-time
Credits 60 ECTS, 12 months
Language of instruction English
Starts in September
CROHO code 60329
Location Roeterseiland campus