Master's degree program: International Development Studies

Sustainability, Participation, Innovation

Sustainable development requires innovative strategies, new conceptual and practical tools and holistic policies. We provide students with a theoretical, empirical and practical understanding of global social, economic and environmental change, equipping them with skills and knowledge to promote sustainable local development in the context of globalization.We aspire to a pioneering approach comparing innovative strategies in the Global South as well as in the Global North, while focusing on the global circulation of development strategies.

Program content

This Master in International Development Studies is designed for students with a strong background in social sciences and an interest in addressing development issues critically. A general introduction to international debates on development theories, discourses and policies will form the basis for addressing major challenges to sustainable local development from theory to practice. Multi-level case studies in Africa, South-East Asia, Latin America, Pacific, Indian Ocean and Europe will be used to discuss conceptual, practical and ethical issues of contemporary development programs and projects in relevant fields, such as poverty reduction, natural resource management, transformative social innovation, energy transition and disaster risk reduction.

The program comprises one year of post-graduate studies (60 ECTS), starting in September. It consists of 9 interactive courses followed by an internship within a host organization and the writing of a Master dissertation.

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Career opportunities

Our rapidly changing world has a growing need for professionals with international experience, able to formulate innovative policy proposals. Our students will find employment in the fields of development cooperation and regional/local planning, within government departments and agencies, supranational and multilateral development organizations, non-profit organizations, as well as in the corporate sector. We also actively support students wishing to continue with a PhD thesis.

Admission requirements

Applicants should have a minimum qualification equivalent to four years of French university studies (240 ECTS). All applicants are expected to have a solid background in social sciences (e.g. geography, regional planning, anthropology, sociology, economics, political science, international relations, development studies). Applicants with a professional background in development cooperation are also welcome. Applications will be carefully evaluated by the admissions committee. The committee assesses the quality of each application compared to the other received. 

As students must be able to read textbooks, understand lectures, take part in classroom discussions and undertake written work in English, English B2 (upper intermediate) language proficiency has to be shown by one of the following:

  • TOEFL score of at least 87 (internet based)
  • IELTS score of at least 5.5 (internet based)
  • Cambridge/Oxford
  • Advanced Certificate of Proficiency
  • A degree from a university where English is the language of instruction.

French students are legally exempted from these proficiency certificates. Their English language knowledge will be evaluated by the admissions committee. Applications will be carefully evaluated by the admissions committee. The committee assesses the quality of each application compared to the other applications received. 

How and when to apply

To apply online, please click here.

Unfortunately, the new online-application platform has not been completely translated into English yet.

Non EU students coming from a country belonging to the PEF (Plateforme pour les études en France / Center for Studies in France) have to apply directly via  and do not need to register directly at our university.

PEF countries are: Algeria, Argentina, Benin, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chile, China, Colombia, Comoros, Congo, Côte d'Ivoire, Egypt, Gabon, Guinea, India, Indonesia, Iran, Japan, Lebanon, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Morocco, Peru, Russia, Senegal, Singapore (from the 1st of April), South Korea, Syria, Taiwan, Togo, Tunisia, Turkey, United States, Vietnam. 

IMPORTANT: Indicate this program as being a master 2 (M2) - otherwise Campus France cannot take your application into consideration!

Please note that the application to the CEF procedure is not free, but the cost covers the visa (at a lower rate than usual).

Submission deadline: May, 31 EU citizens : June, 30 
Due to the delays to obtain visas, candidates from outside Europe are strongly encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

Registration fees : Around 500 Euros (no study fees) 

Excellent candidates might apply for the UGA Master scholarship program