Master of Science (MSc) in Global Development – University of Copenhagen

Master of Science (MSc) in Global Development

The MSc in Global Development at the University of Copenhagen is a two-year degree programme taught in English. The first year comprises seven compulsory courses, including a field course in a low or middle-income country. During the second year students can specialize, choosing among elective courses, an internship in a company/organization or a combination of the two. The programme is concluded with a master’s thesis.

The programme is offered in English.


From a company point of view, the interdisciplinary integration of the programme is extremely important and extremely relevant! The programme will meet a demand in the business community – especially within CSR, sourcing and strategy.

Kristian Heydenreich,

International CSR Manager,

Chr. Hansen A/S

Globalisation has radically changed the way people live all over the world. Massive economic growth in the emerging markets and other economies has lifted billions of people out of poverty while many continue to live in poor conditions. The MSc in Global Development provides graduates with the qualifications required to understand, analyse and act in this new and globalised world.

The graduates acquire new expertise within the field of social sciences. An expertise where the analysis and understanding of the incentive structures and driving forces of market economies is combined with an understanding of culturally determined perceptions, organisations and institutions. This combination of academic disciplines focuses on how markets and market behaviour influence development in societies and cultures worldwide.

As a student, you will be part of an international and vibrant study environment at the campus for social sciences at the University of Copenhagen, located near the city centre. The MSc in Global Development is a two-year programme. The first year comprises six compulsory courses followed by a field course in a low or middle-income country. During the second year, students are free to compose their study programme as they wish, ending with a master’s thesis.

A research-based programme

The University of Copenhagen has a strong profile in global development.

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Application fee

Applicants with citizenship from outside EU/EEA or Switzerland are required to pay an application fee of 750 DKK (approx. 100 EUR) when applying for one or more Master’s degree programmes. Click here for exemptions and further information. The fee will be deducted from the tuition fee if the application is successful.