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.
|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)|
|Semester 3||Semester 4|
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
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.
Academic year 2019/2020
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: 26 August – 30 August, 2019
- First semester, incl. exams: 2 september 2019 – 31 January 2020
- Second semester, incl. exams: 3 February 2020 – 31 June 2020; field course expected to take place in March.
- Third semester: Dates depend on your chosen activities.
- Fourth semester: Thesis to be submitted by 1 June August 2021. The oral defence will take place in June.
Programme of study
Read more about the degree programme in the curriculum of the MSc degree programme in Global Development.
See also the new curriculum (effective March 2020):
Schedule, Autumn 2019
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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.