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: 01 January  – 31 March
applicants without a visa: 01 April – 31 August

full-time: for the summer semester:
applicants with visa: 01 April – 31 August
applicants without a visa: 01 November  – 28 February

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

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Degree

Master of Arts International Social Sciences (Development Studies)

Language

English

Scholarships

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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 (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.

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 2020
  • 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 €

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Admission

Academic Entry Requirements for MA ISS:

  • For admission, the completion of a degree program at a university or an academically recognized college or university of applied sciences or an equivalent degree in social sciences or humanities is required and proven by a Bachelor degree, a Master degree, a Diploma, a State Examination or a Doctorate. A final grade (certificate grade) of at least 2.5 is required.

Language requirements

  • All applicants must demonstrate proficiency in the English language by the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a result of at least 550 (PBT = paper-based test) or 79 (IBT = internet-based test) points or a comparable performance in another test, such as the IELTS (6.0) or the Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (FCE).
  • Applicants who received their B.A. degree in an English-language program are exempt These applicants submit a certificate from the university indicating that the medium of instruction at the university is English.

 

Application Process (students who do not need visa, omit visa information):

  1. Submit the fully completed application package before the indicated deadline. Follow the button “INFORMATION ABOUT ADMISSION” below to start your online application process.
  2. The submitted application will be discussed at the academic admission and  financial committees respectively (within 1 week to 1 month). The decision of acceptance will be made under consideration of the enrolment capacity and a completed financial
  3. The admission committees’ decision will be communicated to the applicant by the admissions office within 1 week.
  4. Selected applicants will be asked to transfer the down payment and deposit (see below for the fees) to the University within 2-3 weeks after the admission decision is communicated.
  5. Upon the receipt of the down payment and deposit, the admissions office prepares and sends to the prospective student, documents for the embassy (may take up to 1 month).
  6. The applicant applies for a student visa (please check in advance how much time you need in order to receive an appointment at the respective embassy. The visa application normally takes 6-8 weeks.)
  7. Upon the receipt of the visa, the admissions office should be notified and informed about the flight schedule taking into consideration the appointment for the pickup service.
  8. The admissions office offers 1 or 2 appointments for a pickup service of the prospective students from the airports  in Berlin to FAU, normally on Friday or Sunday/Monday depending on the number of the prospective students.  The dates for a pickup service will be communicated after the visa is received.

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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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