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Development Studies

Master in Den Haag. Insights in policy analysis in a practical context, with a wide range of specialisations


Instituut: Institute of Social Studies

Voor wie:
Applicants are required to have a Bachelors degree in one of the social sciences or equivalent, comprising at least three years studies at a recognised university or institute of higher education. Professional experience relevant to the Specialisation which the applicant wishes to study is normally expected and is a preference for admission.


The Institute of Social Studies offers a programme of studies leading to a Masters degree in Development Studies. With a strong focus on training in the theory and methods relevant to development studies, the MA Programme aims to equip graduates to apply new insights in policy analysis in a practical context. The ISS MA Degree in Development Studies is widely recognised and provides eligibility for entry to PhD programmes in the Netherlands and other countries worldwide. The 15.5 months MA Programme starts each year in September.


The programme offers a wide range of specialisations:

Children and Youth Studies
Conflict, Reconstruction and Human Security
Development Research
Economics of Development
Environment and Sustainable Development
Governance and Democracy
Human Rights, Development and Social Justice
International Political Economy and Development
Local and Regional Development
Politics of Alternative Development
Population, Poverty and Social Development
Poverty Studies and Policy Analysis
Public Policy and Management
Rural Livelihoods and Global Change
Women, Gender, Development
Work, Employment and Globalisation





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