Master of Arts International Social Sciences (Development Studies)

The M.A. in International Social Sciences (Development Studies) has a specific focus on development studies and issues around global justice. Students learn about relevant theories as well as the practical realities of the development/aid industry.
Everyone is required to do an internship and can specialize their interest through relevant electives on topics such as migration, social security, sustainability and gender.

The M.A. prepares thoroughly for an academic career in development through its emphasis on project planning courses and a focus on disaster management and a critical lens on global power relations and postcolonial perspective. Being highly cosmopolitan with students from all over the world, its specific worth lies in the opportunity to assess international issues through a literally global perspective stemming from the diversity of the student body.

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ISS as part-time Program

Why choose this program?

The M.A. in International Social Sciences (Development Studies) has a specific focus on development studies and issues around global justice.

It is aimed at professionalizing those already working in develop­ment or others for whom a part-time program seems more fitting. It offers a solid academic base in the field of development studies.

Students learn about relevant theories that are nec­essary to critically reflect on current practices in the field of development aid. Practical competencies are furthered through courses such as project planning, monitoring and evaluation. Academic competencies in research methods and writing skills enable a continuation in a scientific career.

Stemming from the diversity of the student body, the specific worth of the program lies in the oppor­tunity to literally assess international issues through a global perspective as experienced by your student cohort.

More information can be found below

Application period

full-time: for the winter semester:
applicants with visa: 30 April
applicants without a visa: 31 Aug

full-time: for the summer semester:
applicants with visa: 30 Sept
applicants without a visa: 28 Febr

part-time:
only winter semester: 15 July

Beginning of the program

full-time: winter or summer semester

part-time: only winter semester

Time duration

full-time: 4 semesters (120 ECTS credit points) incl. a practical training session of 8 weeks

part-time: 6 semesters (120 ECTS credit points)

Study modes

full-time or part-time

Degree

Master of Arts International Social Sciences (Development Studies)

Language

English

Scholarships

ADRA Scholarship Details

Friedensau Scholarship Details

Tuition Fees

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  • Theories of Development
  • Critical Reflection on Development Cooperation
  • Sustainability, De-Growth and Resource Politics
  • Development Economics
  • Social Protection and Poverty Analysis
  • Public Health in Developing Countries
  • Peace and Conflict Research
  • Religion and Development
  • Migration and Development
  • Project Planning
  • Disaster Response and Humanitarian Aid
  • Public Health
  • Internship in the Field of Development Cooperation or Humanitarian Aid
  • Methods of Empirical Research
  • Advanced Qualitative and Quantitative Research Methods
  • Research Oriented Master Thesis

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The standard period of study is 4 semesters. It can be extended by up to 2 semesters upon application.
The programme has a modular structure. A module consists of several courses which are grouped in a thematic block. The modules generally take up one semester or one year of study. The certificates of achievement from the individual units are the basis for the module grade, which is awarded as an overall grade. Credits are assigned to the successfully completed modules according to the ECTS (European Credit Transfer System). The modules and their performance grades are thus recognized throughout Europe, making it easier to change one’s place of study. Transfer to an overseas institution is also possible.

Icon PlusPart-time M.A. ISS (Development Studies)

Why choose this program?

The M.A. in International Social Sciences has a specific focus on development studies and issues around global justice.

It is aimed at professionalizing those already working in develop­ment or others for whom a part-time program seems more fitting. It offers a solid academic base in the field of development studies.

Students learn about relevant theories that are nec­essary to critically reflect on current practices in the field of development aid. Practical competencies are furthered through courses such as project planning, monitoring and evaluation. Academic competencies in research methods and writing skills enable a continuation in a scientific career.

Stemming from the diversity of the student body, the specific worth of the program lies in the oppor­tunity to literally assess international issues through a global perspective as experienced by your student cohort.

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor degree in social science, humanities or other related fields
  • English proficiency test (e.g. TOEFL) or a Bachelor degree taught in English
  • Some experience in development cooperation

Time Frame

  • 6 semesters (120 ECTS)
  • Intake in winter semester
  • Spend 2 weeks each semester on campus
    winter semester 2019/20: 14 – 18 October 2019 and 20 – 24 January 2020
    summer semester 2020: 30 March – 3 April 2020 and 25 – 29 May 202
  • Additional e-learning modules

Professional Training

The internship is conceptualized as an opportunity for professionals to develop their expertise in areas of their interest. For example, by supporting other regional branches of the organization that they already work for or experiencing work at a similar yet different institution. It is accompanied by supervision and reflection through a colloquium.

 Content

  • Theories of Development
  • Development Industry and Legacy
  • Development Economics
  • Poverty Analysis and Social Protection
  • Public Health in Developing Countries
  • Religion and Development
  • Peace and Conflict Research
  • Methods of Empirical Social Research (qualitative and quantitative)
  • Academic Writing and Rhetoric and Presentation Skills
  • Planning, Management and Evaluation of Development Projects
  • Disaster Management and Response
  • Sustainability, De-growth and Resource Politics
  • Globalization and Global Governance
  • Migration and Development
  • Gender and Development
  • Land Use, Land Rights and Development
  • Internship
  • Research-Oriented Master Thesis

Tuition Fees

  • Per semester 1660 €

Admission ­Requirements­

Application packs for admission to a programme of study can be requested from the Admissions Office/International Office. The application for admission should be sent to the Admissions Office or International Office. In addition to the application for admission, the following documents must be submitted in full by the deadline:

  • certified photocopies of the original certificates showing school-leaving qualifications and any periods of study
  • information on how the programme of study will be financed
  • curriculum vitae
  • a photo

Periods of study should be documented as precisely as possible with relevant evidence, e.g. transcript etc. Please do not send original certificates! The documents remain in the possession of the university. Official translations of all foreign-language documents must be in German or Englisch.

An application for admission can only be processed by the university when the necessary documents have been received in full. Hence the admissions procedure can only consider those applications for which the necessary documents have been submitted by the application deadline. Incomplete applications will not be processed.

The applications for admission to study are processed by the Admissions Office/International Office. The decision regarding admission is taken under consideration of the university places available, the level of qualification, and the evidence of funding for the programme. If all necessary prerequisites are fulfilled, the applicant will receive written notification of admission. The confirmation of admission for foreign applicants will only be sent once the deposit has been paid.

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­Internship­

The Internship is an important phase for the M.A. International Social Sciences (Development Studies) students, in which they combine their theoretical academic knowledge with practical experiences. During internships, students begin to develop and modify their skills required for the degree. Moreover, they get an overall perspective of their future course of action and goals.

Internship Information and Forms

The institute where I did my internship is the ‘Regional Institute of Gender, Diversity, Peace and Rights’ (RIG/DPR), which is part of Ahfad University for Women in Sudan. The students I interacted with were brilliant and interesting women, having the same kind, welcoming spirit of the people I met during my time in Khartoum.
– Arlyn Avilés

During my internship at the Community Health and Development organization (CHAD) in Myitkyina, Kachin State, Myanmar, I performed tasks such as preparing lesson plans and conducting awareness trainings, recording data for the annual and quarterly plans, attended meetings and workshops with UNICEF, visited camps for internally displaced persons.
– Dawn Lu San

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