The MSc in Global Development at the University of Copenhagen is a two-year programme taught in English.
The first year consists of seven 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 wherein the fourth semester is devoted to your master’s thesis.
Students enrolled in the programme September 2023 will follow the structure below:
|Part of the semester||Part 1||Part 2|
|Global Development: Theories, Facts and Current Issues
People and Placemaking
|Semester 2||Interdisciplinary Field Research
|Semester 3||Study abroad, internship and/or courses within social sciences (30 ECTS)|
|Semester 4||Thesis (30 ECTS)|
Students enrolled September 2022 or earlier will follow the structure as described in paragraph 4 in the curriculum.
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:
- elective courses at the University of Copenhagen or other Danish universities
- studying abroad
- doing an internship in a relevant company or organisation
- doing fieldwork (data collection)
or a combination of these activities.
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.
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: Last week of August
First semester, incl. exams: September - January
Second semester, incl. exams: February - June. Field course is expected to take place in March.
Third semester: Dates depend on your chosen activities.
Fourth semester: Thesis to be submitted by May 31. The oral defence will take place in June.
Programme of study
Read more about the degree programme in the curriculum
3 things you should know about us before applying
Before you send in your application, we really would like you to consider the following three important points about our Global Development programme - just to make sure, that we really are what you are looking for:
Does my degree qualify?
Here you can find out if your degree qualifies for admission or not. Please read this information carefully before submitting your application.
See the course catalog for the current semester. You get access to the English version by clicking the British flag in the top.