Deze opleiding

The Master of Arts in Globalisation and Development Studies (GDS) prepares students for academic and professional careers in the field of globalisation and development.


typeregulier, 60 EC
start1 september
taalvolledig Engels
opleidingsduur12 maanden voltijd
numerus fixusnee
honoursheeft honours track
Globalisation and Development Studies is a one-year, selective, international and interdisciplinary programme taught in English.

Do you have a passion for research and work in the field of globalisation and development, rooted in undergraduate studies or experience in the field? Are you interested in individuals and communities, as well as in the broader relations between the Global North and South? Do you have the ambition to develop your academic research skills and to use academic insights to make a positive impact in the world? If so, this may be the right programme for you. The master's in Globalisation & Development Studies is a social science programme that focuses on how the dynamics of globalisation affect developing areas. You will develop the theoretical, analytical and practical skills that are essential for either an academic or professional career in globalisation and development.

Waarom aan de Maastricht University?

A unique feature of Maastricht University is Problem-Based Learning (PBL). Students work in small groups on an academic or practical problem. PBL is a student-centred approach to learning; your teachers are there to help you along, but you are in charge of the learning process. This active approach to teaching encourages you to get involved and allows you to voice your own opinion.


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opbouwIn the core courses of the first semester the programme will intensively study subjects of Globalisation and Development. In addition to that, students will take electives either from the core programme or from other relevant programmes at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences or other Maastricht University faculties or schools. In the second semester, students will either do an internship, a desk study or fieldwork and prepare, write and present an academic report, a research paper or thesis.
Semester 1
  • Theories and histories of globalisation and development
  • Research methods in globalisation and development
  • Globalisation and poverty: a connected world
  • Transnational migrant networks and flows OR Science and Technology Studies (STS) for Development in a Global Context
  • Research in practice

Semester 2
  • Option A: Internship + 2 Elective Courses + Thesis
  • Option B: Desk Study Thesis + 3 Elective Courses + Thesis
  • Option C: Fieldwork + Thesis
Research methods in Globalisation and Development
6 EC
Theories and Histories of Globalisation and Development
6 EC
Transnational Migrant Networks and Flows keuzevak
6 EC
Science and Technology Studies for Development in a Global Context keuzevak
6 EC
Globalisation and Poverty: a Connected World
6 EC
Research in Practice
6 EC
Option A: Internship + 2 Electives + Thesis keuzevak
30 EC
Option C: Fieldwork + Thesis keuzevak
30 EC
Option B: Desk study + 2 Electives + Thesis keuzevak
30 EC


taal van onderwijs100% en
onderwijsopzet60% zelfstudie
30% theorie
10% praktijk
literatuurstudie, mondelinge presentatie, stage, onderzoek, excursie, onderzoeksvoorstel, hoorcollege, werkgroep, groepsdiscussie, individuele opdracht, zelfstudie, integratie module, project, seminar
Throughout the MA GDS, problem-based learning (PBL) is used as the leading didactic principle. PBL typically involves students working on problems in small groups of 15 people with the assistance of a faculty tutor. Problems serve as the context for new learning. Their analysis and solution lead to the acquisition of new knowledge and integrated problem-solving skills. Hence, PBL requires students to be active rather than passive.

Toelating en kosten


1 september 2019

aanmelding deadline : 15 juli 2019
wettelijk tarief : € 2083 (€1042 in het eerste jaar)
instellingstarief : € 13800
niet-EU/EER studenten : € 13800

1 september 2020

aanmelding deadline : 15 juli 2020
collegegeld nog niet bekend

toelaatbare profielen
WO bachelortoelaatbaar
WO mastertoelaatbaar

A certified copy of your bachelor certificate and list of grades (with certified translation for languages other than English, Dutch, German or French)

Non-native speakers or applicants who have their undergraduate degree in a language other than English must have one of the following language qualifications:

  • IELTS with a minimum score of 6.5
  • TOEFL with a minimum score of 575 (paper-based), 232 (computer-based) and 90 (internet-based)
  • Cambridge Proficiency Certificate (grade A, B, C)
  • Cambridge Advanced Certificate (grade A, B, C+)
  • a grade in writing skills of at least 6,5 (ielts), 25 (toefl). Students with a Cambridge certificate need to hand in a proof of their partial results.

A Bachelor's degree in the field of Social Sciences (e.g. Anthropology, Sociology, Geography, Economics, Political science, International Relations, Development Studies, European Studies, Liberal Arts and Sciences), or humanities (e.g. History, Philosophy, Arts and Culture), or an equivalent level of relevant education or working experience.

All candidates must write a letter of motivation. Please provide good arguments about why you want to do this master's programme at Maastricht University and why you believe that you can successfully complete the programme.
In English, 800-1200 words.

studie kosten
bron: Maastricht University
bedrag kostenpost
€ 350
inbegrepen in collegegeld
registration fee

Inschatting maandelijkse studiekosten

bron: Nibud
308kamerhuur in Maastrichtrond het landelijk gemiddelde
172collegegeldop basis van € 2060 per jaar
80studieboeken en -spullen
77uiterlijkkleding, kapper, schoenen
132vrije tijdstappen, uit eten, vakantie
42vervoernaast de OV-kaart

€ 1176totale maandelijkse uitgaven landelijk gemiddelde is € 1181
Hiernaast staat een overzicht van de gemiddelde kosten die een uitwonende student heeft. Niet iedere student heeft met iedere kostenpost te maken. Het totaalgemiddelde is dus niet gelijk aan de optelsom van alle kostenposten.

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Studenten en studentenleven


57 studenten volgen deze opleiding
67% daarvan is vrouw
45 eerstejaars gestart in 2018
71% daarvan is vrouw
16600 studenten aan de Maastricht University
60% daarvan is vrouw
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Op kamers in Maastricht

20231studenten studerend
9323studenten woonachtig   
€ 308gemiddelde kamerprijs
kamer betaalbaarheid
24 m2gemiddelde kameroppervlak
kamer beschikbaarheid
bron: Nationale Studenten Enquête

aan het woord: studenten en docenten

Kirstin Kreyscher

Feiten en / studie in cijfers


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In 2017 hebben meer dan 280.000 studenten hun oordeel gegeven over hun studie en instelling.

Globalisation and Development Studies aan de Maastricht University is beoordeeld door 23 respondenten. Gemiddeld waarderen ze de opleiding met 3.5 uit 5.

Na de studie

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This programme prepares you for two pathways: academia or practice.

The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences of Maastricht University has excellent contacts both in the academic and professional world to prepare the MA GDS students for their future careers.

Beroepsperspectief / arbeidsmarkt

The MA GDS programme prepares its graduates for two types of career paths.

Part of them will opt for an academic career and will compete for a PhD position at FASoS's Graduate School or at another (Dutch or foreign) university.
Others will be employed by public, private or non-governmental institutes and think tanks at the national, European or transnational level.

Contact e-mail for more information on the programme and its application

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