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International Development Studies is anchored by a concern about global inequalities and seeks ways of understanding them, critiquing them, and possibly overcoming them.

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typeregulier, 60 EC
start1 februari, 1 september
taalvolledig English
opleidingsduur12 maanden voltijd
numerus fixusnee

The Master Programme addresses issues such as poverty, conflict, security, land rights, gender inequality, education, sustainable development, and climate change, among others, and seeks to draw links between local conditions – in both rural and urban settings – with national and global processes. While stimulating students to think academically and critically about the challenges development brings, it also provides tools for exploring development through governance approaches at multiple levels of scale, inclusive development approaches, through discourse, and through popular and contested representations of what development is and means to different groups of people around the world.

It is an interdisciplinary programme and draws on scholary work from Anthropology, Economics, Social and Human Geography, Political Science, and International Relations. Both the staff and students come from these various backgrounds and contribute to an academically and culturally diverse setting. Students can draw on the interdisciplinary background to specialize in certain areas such as education, economics, urban processes, natural resources, sustainable development, and gender, among others.


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Students can start this programme either in September or in February. The set-up of the programme is the same at both starting dates; only the electives on offer may be different.
First semester
The programme (60 ECTS) starts with a comprehensive core course that discusses the theoretical foundations of International Development Studies, topical debates in the field of IDS and its applications in policy and practice. Furthermore, students follow a course in mixed methods & research methodology, preparing them for fieldwork in a developing country, and one elective course. Next to this, a one week intensive policy and practice seminar will acquaint students with the professional practice of International Cooperation.

Second semester
The second semester comprises of fieldwork and thesis writing, the latter supported by a number of thesis seminars. The written Master's thesis will be based on an independent research project undertaken in a developing country during a short period of fieldwork.
Fulfilment of all the requirements should take one year of full-time study. Students who have to complete a preparatory programme will need one and a half year.

Students can start this programme either in September or in February. The set-up of the programme is the same at both starting dates; only the electives on offer may be different.
Core Issues in International Development Studies: theoretical approaches and current debates
Elective II
Policy & Practice
Research Methods & Techniques


taal van onderwijs100% en
research project, tutorial, self study
study abroad
The second semester comprises fieldwork and thesis writing, the latter supported by a number of thesis seminars. The written Master's thesis will be based on an independent research project undertaken in a developing country during a short period of fieldwork.

Toelating en kosten


1 februari 2023

aanmelding deadline : 1 augustus 2022
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1 september 2022

aanmelding deadline : 1 maart 2022
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1 september 2023

aanmelding deadline : 1 maart 2023
collegegeld nog niet bekend


aanvullende vakeisen
Applicants are expected to have a solid basis in the field of social sciences and development studies of at least (an equivalent of) 30 ECTS earned during previous study.

Study results obtained in previous education should demonstrate that a student is able to attain and maintain a good to excellent level, especially in the fields of international development studies and social sciences research methodology. Undergraduate studies should be completed with an overall grade average of at least a B/3.0 (American system), second class, lower division Honours degree (British system), C (ECTS system), 7.0 (Dutch system) or equivalent.

All applicants are required to submit official transcripts of each higher education institute attended, listing all courses and examinations already completed and currently enrolled in, and grades and credits obtained.

Applicants should have a solid basis in both qualitative and quantitative social sciences research methodology reflected by the completion of at least (an equivalent of) 20 ECTS during previous study. Experience with the following research methods skills is required:

  • Make a solid research design
  • Understand advantages and disadvantages of different research methods and a mixed methods approach
  • Develop and apply a (simple) survey
  • Interpret the results of a survey with a statistical package
  • Be able to do statistical analysis, preferably with SPSS or similar software programme
  • Conduct an interview
  • Analyse the results of an interview

Promising candidates with slightly less than 20 ECTS of social sciences research methodology may be admitted provided that they complete an intensive research methodology module (in the four weeks prior to the Master's programme) offered by the Graduate School of Social Sciences. Please note that this is up to the admissions committee to decide.

All non­native speakers of English (including Dutch students) applying to one of the English taught programmes offered by the Graduate School of Social Sciences, are required to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. All students must be able to read textbooks, understand lectures, take part in classroom discussions and undertake written work in English. Applicants who are nationals of or who have obtained their Bachelor's degree in countries other than the United States, Australia, United Kingdom, Canada, Ireland or New Zealand are required to submit an English test score that meets specific requirements. Inability to do so will disqualify you from enrolment.

The Master's programme in International Development Studies seeks students with an academic Bachelor's degree (or equivalent) in the field of international development studies (ontwikkelingsstudies) or another closely related social sciences discipline.

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All applicants are required to submit two letters of academic reference.

All applicants are required to submit a statement of motivation.

estimated monthly costs

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424kamerhuur in Amsterdamboven landelijk gemiddelde
172collegegeldop basis van € 2060 per jaar
80studieboeken en -spullen
77uiterlijkkleding, kapper, schoenen
132vrije tijdstappen, uit eten, vakantie
42vervoernaast de OV-kaart

€ 1292totale 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


91 studenten volgen deze opleiding
69% daarvan is vrouw
62 eerstejaars gestart in 2017
68% daarvan is vrouw
32588 studenten aan de Universiteit van Amsterdam
55% daarvan is vrouw
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Op kamers in Amsterdam

115129studenten studerend
47168studenten woonachtig   
€ 424gemiddelde kamerprijs
kamer betaalbaarheid
21 m2gemiddelde kameroppervlak
kamer beschikbaarheid
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In 2017 hebben meer dan 280.000 studenten hun oordeel gegeven over hun studie en instelling.

International Development Studies aan de Universiteit van Amsterdam is beoordeeld door 12 respondenten. Gemiddeld waarderen ze de opleiding met 4.3 uit 5.

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Beroepsperspectief / arbeidsmarkt

An education in the social sciences will impart a broad range of skills that easily translate into a multitude of careers.
Specific career examples from alumni of the International Development Studies programme are:

  • Staff Officer at NWO (Dutch organisation for scientific research)
  • Project member at Food First Coalition, United Kingdom
  • Executive partner at Emic Research; Consultancy in East-West relations
  • Lecturer and researcher on“Education in Conflict Areas”, University of Amsterdam
  • Marketing Manager at D.light Design East Africa Ltd., Tanzania
  • Junior Project Manager at VNG International (International Cooperation Agency of the Association of Netherlands Municipalities)

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