• Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • Tuition
    Tuition (Year)
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  • Overview
  • Programme outline
  • Key facts
  • Admission requirements
  • Fees and funding


Graduates of the Development and International Cooperation programme at University of Jyväskylä 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.

Structure of studies

Two of the four semesters of study imply residence on campus in Jyväskylä. During their first year of study, students participate in an intensive programme of lecture courses and seminars, often involving small-scale project work. Part of the compulsory credits to be completed for the MA degree, accrue from designated D&IC courses; part of the required curriculum is provided by the Major Subject areas.

The second year of study focuses on writing the MA thesis and also provides an opportunity for an academic exchange at one of Jyväskylä's international partner universities. In addition to basic academic work, the programme involves a compulsory practical internship in a development organization or research institution. Students are encouraged to undertake their internship during the break between the first and second academic years.


The degree provides graduates with the skills and expertise needed for a career in development and international cooperation. Graduates work in all sectors, including public, private and third sector as well as different research and education institutions. Typical titles include, but are not limited to;

  • Development officer
  • Programme coordinator
  • Development consultant
  • Thematic advisor
  • Trainer
  • Researcher

Programme Structure

Interdisciplinary curriculum of D&IC includes different theoretical, methodological and thematic contents that aim to provide both in-depth understanding of the phenomenon of ‘development’, and familiarity with a wide range of analytical and research skills. 

Courses available in three different faculties ensure possibility to learn variety of approaches. In the context of D&IC 'development' is understood as an arena of institutions, policies and actors mobilized by the political, economic and social realities of structural global inequality and by the global socio-material challenges related to environment. 

Measures to promote development, such as development projects,  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.

For more information please visit the programme website.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Study intensity Full-time
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
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English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score: 6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score: 580

    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score: 92

    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

The selection process consists of two parts:

1)      Review of application documents

2)      Personal interview (by phone or Skype) of short-listed applicants


A Bachelor’s Degree in a relevant field. The degree must be completed by June 30, 2017 and the copy of the degree certificate and the transcript of records must reach JYU by July 17, 2017. Suitable degrees include;

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • EUR 8000 International


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