Programme Structure - MSc in Global Develpoment – University of Copenhagen

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Programme Structure

The MSc in Global Development at the University of Copenhagen is a two-year programme taught in English.

The first year consists of six compulsory courses including the mandatory field course in a low or middle-income country. All students undertake fieldwork in the same location.

The second year is a year of specialisation where the fourth semester is devoted to your master’s thesis.

Year 1

Semester 1 Semester 2
Global Development: Theories, Facts and Current Issues Global Politics
Global Business and Economics Economic Growth and Inequality
Transnational Actors, Networks and Place Making
Advanced Research Methods Interdisciplinary Field Research (Field Course)

 Year 2



 Semester 3  Semester 4

Elective courses




 Master's thesis


You have the opportunity to design and compose your third semester according to your interests. It is recommended that you link your third semester activities with your master’s thesis.

You can choose between:

or a combination of these activities.

Master’s thesis

You spend your fourth semester working on your thesis (30 ECTS), which must be handed in at the end of the semester. The thesis is the culmination of your study in global development.

Academic year 2017/2018

In the global development programme, you work closely together with your fellow students during the first year. It is important that students get to know each other well and therefore we start the first year with three introduction days. Please make sure that you arrive in Copenhagen in due time to participate.

The approximate dates for the first year are:

  • Introduction days: 30 August – 1 September, 2017
  • First semester, incl. exams: 4 september 2017 – 31 January 2018
  • Second semester, incl. exams: 5 February 2018 – 31 June 2018; field course expected to take place in March.
  • Third semester: Dates depend on your chosen activities.
  • Fourth semester: Thesis to be submitted by 1 August 2019. The oral defence will take place in late August/early September 2019.