• Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • Tuition
    Tuition (Full programme)
  • English
  • 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.

‘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, and to understand the multiple perceptions of development in their everyday working lives.The internship and MA thesis project as integral parts of the curriculum provide unique opportunities to develop both analytical and practical competencies.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Study intensity Full-time
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go To The Course Website
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  • A Bachelor’s Degree in a relevant field completed by according to the timetable of University of Jyväskylä. Suitable degrees include;
  • Development Studies: Bachelor’s degree in development studies or related social science discipline.
  • Education: Bachelor’s degree in education or other related field.
  • Environmental Science: Bachelor’s degree in environmental sciences, environmental technology or civil engineering.
  • Outstanding academic record and potential for post-graduate (doctoral) studies
  • Proven interest in the field of development and international cooperation and possible relevant research, work and/or voluntary experience
  • Reasons for applying, i.e. motivation
Entrance examination and aptitude test
  • Phase I: Assessment of eligible applicants based on the application documents
  • Phase II: Interviews and final student selection
  • Interviews will be arranged in February and the final admission decision will be announced according to the timetable of the University of Jyväskylä. Invitations for the interview will be sent via email minimum one week before the interview.

Tuition Fee Per Full Programme

  • EUR 8000 International

Tuition fees will be introduced only for non-EU/EEA students in Finland from August 2017 onwards. The fees will concern non-EU/EEA degree students who start their studies in English-taught Master's degree programmes in August 2017 or after that at the University of Jyväskylä.


Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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