Programme Structure

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

Farmer with his animals

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.

Year 1

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 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.

African woman carrying fruitThe 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.