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The Honours, Masters and PhD programmes are designed for those planning a career in the field of economic and social development as policy-makers, activists, administrators, Development practitioners, researchers or academics at universities.

All course work classes are offered during working hours (09H00 – 16H00) and students in full time employment must make arrangements with their employer to attend classes. The teaching methods in all programmes are designed to be as interactive as possible, emphasizing small group work and using relevant and practical case studies. In addition to formal presentations by ISD staff and invited lecturers, students are presented with class exercises and required to do individual assignments. In most courses emphasis is placed on independent research.

The objectives of our teaching and research activities are to:

  • Prepare students to understand the development experience of different countries from the perspective of different disciplines;

  • Empower students by furnishing them with analytical and conceptual skills needed to understand the problems of development in a transformational context and to actively participate in the debates regarding future options;

  • Equip students with practical skills to enable them to participate effectively in development-related research, policy-making and implementation;

  • Create an environment where a diversified group of students and researchers from all continents can learn and benefit from each other’s experiences;

  • ​​Contribute towards knowledge building in the field of development studies through research, community engagement and policy analysis.


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