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Lund University


Social Sciences

Politics & International Relations

BSc Development Studies

3 years

€0 pa

Programme profile

This interdisciplinary programme focuses on economic, social and political processes and their links to development cooperation. The aim is to provide the knowledge needed in order to critically examine and understand the preconditions for, and process of, development. The programme draws on, and combines, the scientific traditions from four different disciplines within the social sciences - sociology, political science, human geography and economic history. This offers students a multi-disciplinary perspective on development studies and provides the opportunity to deepen their knowledge in any of the aforementioned subjects.

The programme provides students with both the background knowledge and the practical skills needed to work in development-related fields. Students also gain a critical social science approach that provides preparation for doctoral studies and proves valuable in various professions within government agencies, private firms and NGOs.

Programme content

Year 1:
Development in a Historical Perspective: Economic, Social and Political Transformation; Development Policy in Practice; Development Theory; Research Methods: An Introduction

Year 2:
Students specialise ("major") in one of:
Economic History
- Human Geography
- Political Science or
- Sociology

Year 3: Continuation of Major; Development Cooperation in Practice; Research Methods in Developing Contexts; Electives; Field Work or Internship; Bachelor's Thesis

The third year focuses more on practical aspects and will be carried out in collaboration with potential employers such as NGOs, government agencies, and private companies active in the developing world. The first semester covers the practical features of development cooperation and research. The final semester presents an opportunity to do field work or an internship with one of the aforementioned partners.



The university offers related Masters programmes, taught through English, in the following areas:

- Development Studies
- International Development & Management

Entry Requirements

3 A-levels (inc Maths) + 3 GCSEs, inc Maths

Six subjects at Leaving Certificate, inc two at H5. Higher Social Sciences/Studies subjects required




18 October

17 January