The Institute of Social Studies offers a programme of studies leading to a Masters degree in Development Studies. With a strong focus on training in the theory and methods relevant to development studies, the MA Programme aims to equip graduates to apply new insights in policy analysis in a practical context. The ISS MA Degree in Development Studies is widely recognized and provides eligibility for entry to PhD programmes in the Netherlands and other countries worldwide. The 15.5 months MA Programme starts each year in September.

The general structure of the MA programme 2010-2011
A full list of all courses in the MA Programme 2010-2011
In addition to the MA programmes listed below, ISS is also working jointly with three other universities in the Erasmus Mundus Masters Programme in Public Policy (Mundus MAPP). This is a 2-year-long double degree international Masters programme on Public Policy. The Mundus MAPP is funded by the European Commission which also provides scholarships for this programme. Please note that fellowships are available for European students as well! The Mundus MAPP website can provide you with more detailed information.

Special arrangements/auditors ISS admits a limited number of auditors who wish to attend only some of the courses in the MA Programme. In addition, for Netherlands residents, a more flexible arrangement of the MA programme can be requested, spreading the programme over a longer period. These cases are dealt with on an individual basis. Please contact the ISS student office for more information. Please click below for a special flyer on the MA in Development Studies as a part time programme.

Parttime MA Programme (972.17 kB)
Children and Youth Studies
Conflict, Reconstruction and Human Security
Development Research
Economics of Development
Environment and Sustainable Development
Governance and Democracy
Human Rights, Development and Social Justice
International Political Economy and Development
Local Development Strategies/ Local and Regional Development
Politics of Alternative Development
Population, Poverty and Social Development
Poverty Studies and Policy Analysis
Public Policy and Management
Rural Livelihoods and Global Change
Women, Gender, Development
Work, Employment and Globalization

Source: MA Programme - Institute of Social Studies, The Netherlands

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