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Research Master

International Development Studies

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The two-year Research Master's in International Development Studies focuses on development processes and transformations and shifting balances of power in the Global North and the Global South.

UvA online Open House

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Study programme

The programme curriculum discusses societal transformation and development trajectories at different interacting levels, ranging from the micro-level of individuals and households to the macro-level of states and finally to the global level.

What is a Research Master's programme?
In this video, the features of a Research Master's programme are explained by a current student, an alumna and an academic staff member.

Academic staff

Most staff members carry out their research within the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research, building upon a long tradition of research through its extensive global network of both Southern and Northern partners in development.


The two-year Research Master's programmes in International Development Studies is specifically designed for excellent students wising to pursue a career in research. The main objective is to prepare students for an academic career, a career in applied research, or research-­intensive jobs in policy or professional fields. Graduates should be able to successfully start PhD research or acquire a position of equivalent level in applied research or policy practice.

Is International Development Studies (Research Master's) for you?

The Research Master International Development Studies welcomes research-oriented Dutch and international students who are seeking to study international development issues in an interdisciplinary programme, and who would like to join an intellectual community known for its open view towards global concerns. The programme maintains a high academic standard and is also demanding. We expect you to devote your full attention to your studies for the duration of the programme.

Feiten & cijfers
Diploma International Development Studies (research)
Type Regulier onderwijs
Vorm Voltijd
Studielast 120 EC, 24 maanden
Voertaal Engels
Start September
CROHO-code 60218