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International Development Studies (Master of Arts)

Program is closed

The department councils of the departments of social sciences and philosophy (FB 03) and economics (FB 02) at the Philipps University of Marburg, which offer the degree program, decided in February 2020 to close the master's degree program "International Development Studies", M.A. There will be no more new enrollments in the course of study.


Program: International Development Studies
Degree: Master of Arts (M.A.)
Program length: 2 years / 4 semesters (120 ECTS points)

The "International Development Studies" master's program is a research-oriented program that deals with development processes in selected global regions from interdisciplinary and multi-paradigmatic perspectives.

The goal of the program is to teach theoretical and methodological approaches to development research and to practice both critical perceptual patterns and practical analysis competencies.

Major topics

Like hardly any other program, the "M.A. in International Development Studies" offers the possibility of combining an individual major topic in the training with a well-founded methodological competency in the developmental-theoretical and political area, as well as of acquiring profound knowledge in economic and sociological theories.


Jobs appropriate to the education are possible in the following professional fields:

  • Development collaboration (through private or public, national or international funders)
  • International organizations
  • International commercial enterprises (industry, trade, banks, financial services)
  • Science (universities, research institutions)
  • Jobs for public agencies or non-governmental organizations in the non-profit area