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Master of Science in Development Studies

120 credits, 2 years

Programme overview

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The Master of Science in Development Studies is an interdisciplinary social science master's programme focusing on problems of poverty and human development. It deals with key issues and problems of development as well as different theoretical perspectives to increase the student´s understanding of the preconditions for and content of development.

The objective of the programme is to provide students with the background knowledge and concrete skills to understand, assess and work in development-related fields, whether in direct poverty reduction or in other aspects of social and institutional development. Students will acquire a critical social science approach which prepares them for postgraduate studies as well as to make contributions to sustainable human development in a role such as policy makers, trainers or practitioners, in government agencies, private firms and NGOs.


After completing the Master's Programme, the students will acquire a Degree of Master of Science in Development Studies (120 credits), with a major in either of the following:

  • Gender Studies
  • Development Studies
  • Human Geography
  • Political Science
  • Social Work
  • Social Anthropology
  • Sociology
  • Sociology of Law

The major corresponds to the major in your Bachelor's degree.

Click here to see the Development Studies Programme Structure.

About the programme

Programme period:
August 2023 to June 2025


Programme Director: 
Anne Jerneck

Anne Jerneck

Programme Director

Anne Jerneck
Programme Director, Development Studies

anne [dot] jerneck [at] lucsus [dot] lu [dot] se (anne[dot]jerneck[at]lucsus[dot]lu[dot]se)

See Anne's profile in Lund University's Research Portal