M.Sc. Development and International Cooperation

Faculty of Social Science | University of Jyväskylä | Jyväskylä, Finland
The Master’s Degree Programme in Development and International Cooperation seeks to provide graduates with intellectual tools and practical skills required to function creatively and effectively in the multi-faceted and contradictory world of international development cooperation.
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Description of Development and International Cooperation

  • Master’s Programme in Development and International Cooperation is a two-year, interdisciplinary 120 ECTS credit programme leading to an advanced university degree. The programme is conducted entirely in English. Successful completion of the programme with merit qualifies the graduate to apply for post-graduate degree studies.
  • Within the context of the D&IC curriculum, ’development’ is understood as an arena of institutions, policies and actors mobilized by the political, economic and social realities of structural global inequality. Measures to promote development can be an expression of solidarity with the marginalized and disenfranchised masses of humanity, but can also comprise mechanisms by which global asymmetries of wealth and power are produced and maintained. ‘Development’ is thus understood as an intrinsically contradictory endeavor.
  • Successful completion of the D&IC programme will enable students, who are committed to more just and progressive development outcomes, to develop analytical and practical strategies for negotiating this basic contradiction in their everyday working lives. Graduates of the programme will have acquired the intellectual tools and practical skills required to function creatively and effectively in both global and local development contexts. This comprises an ability to identify the interests associated with various actors in concrete development arenas; to understand the range of resources and capacities available to competing and collaborating actors; to critically assess the aims expressed in development policy texts and documents; and to grasp the complex relationship between policy and reality.

Detailed Course Facts

Tuition fee
  • Free (Non-EEA)
  • Free (EEA)

No tuition fees.

Start date September  2016
Credits (ECTS) 120 ECTS
Duration full-time 24 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Full-time

Course Content

Basic Study Skills
  • Thesis Seminar
  • Thesis Seminar
  • Thesis Seminar
Understanding Development
  • Globalization: Perspectives from development, culture and civil society
  • Contemporary debates in social theory
  • Classics of development
Tools for Research and Actio
  • Development Policy and Management
  • Introduction to the philosophy of the Social Sciences
  • Advanced research methods

Requirements for Development and International Cooperation

Eligible applicants should:
  • Have an undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university. Students are admitted into disciplinary programmes in education, ethnology, philosophy, political science, sociology, or social and public policy. Thus, students with a BA degree in one of these subjects have a certain advantage in the selection process. However, students have also been admitted with undergraduate studies in a variety of disciplines, including the humanities and legal studies. Students admitted to the Master’s Degree Programme in Development and International Cooperation should exhibit an outstanding academic record and potential for post-graduate (doctoral) studies.

  • Applicants should also demonstrate a commitment to working for positive social change. Development-related work experience is not required, but voluntary or work experience is considered an asset. International or other cross-cultural experience is also viewed favorably.

  • Applicants are required to have a good command of English, both spoken and written. Applicants must prove the required proficiency with one of the following language tests:

    • the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): TOEFL Internet based test, minimun score 92, TOEFL Paper Based Test, minimum score 580

      • The University of Jyväskylä DI code for TOEFL-test is 9818.
    • International English Language Testing system (IELTS): Academic training, overall band score 6,5

    • Cambridge ESOL's Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): minimum grade C

    • Cambridge ESOL's Certificate in Advanced English (CAE): minimum grade C

    • Pearson Test of English (PTE): PTE Academic, minimum grade 59

  • A language certificate (one of the mentioned above) is required of all applicants, except of those
    • who have completed a Bachelor’s degree in one of the following countries: Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom or United States
    • have obtained a minimum grade of 2 in English as an A1 language or a minimum grade of 5 in English as an A2 language as part of International Baccalaureate examination.
  • As registering for and participating in a language test, and finally obtaining the results, may take a long time, please arrange to have your language test well before the application deadline. Applicants who do not prove sufficient proficiency in English, will not be considered for admission.

Work Experience for Development and International Cooperation

No work experience is required.

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University of Jyväskylä, Finland

Finland University of Jyväskylä is one of the largest and most popular multidisciplinary research universities in Finland. We focus on human and natural sciences and offer high-quality, research-based Master’s degree programs in English in our fields of special expertise. Our seven faculties host some 15 000 students from Finland and from nearly 100 countries around the world.

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