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Research Master

International Development Studies


Do you want to study development as a phenomenon that results from the interaction between diverse local and international actors and processes, within context-specific institutional environments? The two-year Research Master's in International Development Studies trains talented research-oriented students who would like to join an intellectual community known for its constructive and critical engagement with global concerns, with a focus on the Global South and/or Global North.


Would you like to find out if the Research Master's International Development Studies is the right programme for you? Sign up to attend the next Master’s Week or register to receive updates about the programme.

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?

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.


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.

Doing fieldwork abroad


Methodology courses

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

  1. Are you a critical and research-oriented student?
  2. Do you want to study international development studies in an interdisciplinary programme?
  3. Would you like to join an intellectual community known for its open view towards global concerns?
  4. Do you want to devote your full attention to your studies?

Then the Research Masters' in International Development Studies might be the programme for you!

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
Location Roeterseiland campus