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How to apply for our master's programme

Instructions for master's programmes at Graduate School and the Faculty of Social Sciences
Application for Master's Programme in Development Studies, Global Studies and Social Studies of Gender

The application period for programmes beginning in the autumn term 2019 is between October 16 and January 15

1. Admissions Requirements

Before you apply, please check to make sure you understand and meet the admissions requirements.

To be eligible for one of our programmes you must have a Bachelor's degree in one of the following Social Sciences majors:

  • Political Science
  • Sociology
  • Social Work
  • Social Anthropology
  • Education (Pedagogy)
  • Gender Studies
  • Sociology of Law
  • Development Studies
  • Human Geography

A major is equivalent to a minimum of 90 credits or 50% of all degree coursework within one of the above social sciences disciplines.

Note: The major in Education is a theoretical, pedagogically-focused field of study. Practical degrees in Teacher Training are not considered eligible for the major in Education.

For specific admissions requirements, read more here:

- Development Studies

- Global Studies

- Social Studies of Gender

For information on English language requirements, read more here.

2. Application

Your application is to be submitted through University Admissions. Follow the instructions there and include your supporting documents (see below) (new window)

Supporting documents

In addition to the general supporting documents specified at, all applicants for the Master of Science in Development Studies, Gender Studies and Global Studies must submit a Statement of Purpose. Instructions can be found below.

Statement of Purpose: Instructions

Your Statement or Purpose should be written in English. Be sure that your complete name is visible along with the name of the Master's programme and the application number.This document should be uploaded on, or could be sent by mail to University Admissions in Östersund, Sweden.

When applying to several programmes, please write a separate Statement of Purpose for each programme.

The Statement of Purpose should not exceed 3,500 characters including spaces.

What to include in your Statement of Purpose:

Global Studies: 

  • What are your reasons for applying for this programme? In what ways do you expect to contribute to the programme?
  • Critically explore two aspects  of globalisation. To what extent do populism, anti-immigration sentiments  and nationalism render globalisation redundant? 

Social Studies of Gender: 

  • What are your reasons for applying for this programme? In what ways do you expect to contribute to the programme?
  • Please consider the concept of gender in relation to social change. Why is it a useful concept in analyzing changes in the social and political sphere?

Development Studies:

  • What are your reasons for applying for this programme? In what ways do you expect to contribute to the programme?
  • Which two development issues of global concern intrigue you, do you see them as interrelated (and if so, how), and how would you like to approach them (theoretically, methodologically, and/or empirically)?

3. Where to submit your application

Most students are able to upload all their documents through universityadmissions. See here to check if you are eligible for this.

From outside of Sweden, send your documentation to the following address:

University Admissions in Sweden
R 312
SE-106 53 Stockholm

From within Sweden you can send your documents to:

R 312

If you are still unsure how to apply, please visit Lund University's pages to help you apply to your studies.

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Further information about LU scholarships

The Swedish Institute (SI) offers a limited number of scholarships every year, but competition is very tough. Only students from outside EU/EES countries can apply for the scholarships through the SI.

Further information about SI scholarships

Contact us

Email: master [at] sam [dot] lu [dot] se

Phone: +46-(0)46-222 48 83, +46-(0)46-222 49 83

Postal Address: 

Programme Administrator
Graduate School
Faculty of Social Sciences
Lund University, Box 117
221 00 Lund, Sweden

Visiting Address:
"Gamla Kirurgen"
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