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  M.A. Development Studies (English-taught)


University of Passau    Faculty of Social and Educational Sciences

Full time October MA 4 semesters (2 years)
Economics (10) Geography (17) Languages, Literature & Culture (21) Politics & Government (30) Sociology (33)

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Embark on a transformative academic journey with the M.A. Development Studies programme at the University of Passau. This English-taught programme equips students with advanced knowledge and analytical skills essential for comprehending the intricacies of economic and social development. Through a blend of theory and practical field research, students delve into the realms of development economics, sociology, politics, and sustainability. The curriculum is structured into four key module areas, offering specialisations in Economics, Southeast Asian Studies, Sociology and Politics, Sustainability, and Geographies of Development. Noteworthy features include a strong emphasis on quantitative and qualitative research methods, language courses, and career prospects in international development cooperation. To qualify, applicants need a first degree in social sciences, with specific ECTS credits in research methods. Proficiency in English (B2) and German (A1) is required, ensuring a holistic learning experience. Join us to become a catalyst for positive change in the global development landscape.

About the course

The M.A. Development Studies enables students to develop the advanced knowledge, analytical skills, and conceptual frameworks required to understand and navigate the complexities of economic and social development.

Students enrolled in the programme gain insights into the economic, social, ethical, and cultural contexts and constraints of development. The programme provides outstanding opportunities to put theory into practice through international field research, with a strong focus on integrating quantitative and qualitative methods.

The programme addresses the worldwide need for experts in the expanding field of development research as well as for project managers in international development cooperation.

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Entry Requirements

A first (bachelor’s or equivalent) university degree in a social science, i.e. economics, anthropology, demography, empirical social or human geography, sociology, political science, administrative science or any other equivalent degree with a minimum of 60 ECTS credits in one or several of these disciplines. Out of these, 10 ECTS credits (or a minimum of 300 hours of coursework) must come from empirical research methods, such as data collection, data analysis, mathematics and/or statistics. A general course in research methods is not sufficient. Language requirements: English B2 and German A1.


Fees

106 euros per semester (student services contribution)

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Where will I study?

Where is University of Passau

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Student Profiles

Andres David Castro Lotero

Why did you choose the programme?
The master's programme helps me to gain a better perspective on the world. I also like the internationality of my fellow students.

What is special about the programme?
The professors are very responsive to my enquiries and I can choose an individual focus for my programme.

Irma del Carmen Pavon Lopez

Why did you choose the programme?
In the master's programme, I can choose various areas of focus. Sustainability is a very important topic to me.

What do you like most about the programme?
I appreciate the interdisciplinary lectures and the cosmopolitanism among my fellow students.

What is special about studying in Passau?
Passau is a small university, which results in a great and tight-knit community.

Alessandro Gullo

What particularly motivated me to go to Passau was the interdisciplinary design of the program. The wide range of courses enables you to specialize in a field of your own interest, may it be Economics, South East Asia or Sustainability. This is supported by our motivated professors who are engaging in the named different fields of science. Additionally, our small but international group of students invites for interesting discussions and learning about different countries and cultures on firsthand information. The small group further allows you close contact and exchange with the professors. For me, this master program is the base to widen my experience abroad and engage in development work with a NGO or a multilateral organization.

Scholarships

With the Deutschlandstipendium scholarship, the University of Passau supports highly gifted and motivated students with a good academic track record, who have shown dedication to social causes. Any current and past volunteering activities as well as the applicants' personal and family-related circumstances carry great significance for the selection process. The scholarship is open to applicants of all nationalities.

The stipend is 300 euros per month. Scholarships are awarded initially for one year, although the funding term is related to the standard duration of study. This scholarship is not means tested: the applicants' or their parents' income is not taken into account. The scholarship is paid on top of the BAföG student grants to scholarship holders who are BAföG recipients. The Deutschlandstipendium scholarship is intended to help students cover the costs associated with their degree studies. These funds are provided as a grant and are thus non-repayable.

At the University of Passau, the scholarships are awarded once a year, at the start of the winter semester. Scholarships are awarded subject to the availability of funds.

Selection criteria

- Your prior scholastic and professional achievements
- Periods of time spent studying or working abroad
- Extracurricular activities and causes for which you have volunteered
- Special achievements, awards and prizes won, particularly if they have academic relevance
- Any hurdles that you had to overcome in your educational background, such as coming from a migrant family
- Whether you are receiving a BAföG student grant

Value of Scholarship(s)

300€ per month

Eligibility

You are eligible to apply if you are enrolled in an undergraduate or master's programme at the University of Passau as a degree-seeking student or if you are currently applying for an undergraduate or master's degree programme here and intend to begin your studies in the upcoming semester.
Any current and past volunteering activities as well as the applicants' personal and family-related circumstances carry great significance for the selection process. The scholarship is open to applicants of all nationalities, but not for exchange students and doctoral students.


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The aim of the programme is to further qualify future leaders from the areas of politics, law, business and administration based on the principles of good governance, and to prepare them for their future professional activities in a practice-oriented manner. Highly qualified graduates who have obtained a first higher education degree are offered the opportunity to obtain a master's degree in subjects that are particularly significant with regard to social, political and economic development in their countries of origin. The skills and experiences gained in Germany will enable the funded individuals to contribute to establishing economic and social forms that are democratically-oriented and designed to overcome social inequalities in their home countries. With the Helmut-Schmidt-Programme, the DAAD strives to contribute to promoting good governance and civil society structures in developing and emerging countries.

Applicants need to have a first (bachelor’s or equivalent) university degree in a social science, i.e. economics, anthropology, demography, empirical social or human geography, sociology, political science, administrative science or any other equivalent degree with a minimum of60 ECTS credits in one or several of these disciplines. Any past achievements and qualifications gained in 'Wirtschaftswissenschaften' (combined business and economics programmes) must be derived specifically from economics ('Volkswirtschaftslehre') modules. This first degree must have been obtained as part of a programme of study with a minimum standard duration of three years' full-time study. Moreover, out of the 60 ECTS credits referenced above, 10 ECTS credits (or a minimum of 300 hours of coursework) must come from empirical research methods, such as data collection, data analysis, mathematics and/or statistics. A general course in research methods is not enough and does not count in this case. The final grade of your undergraduate degree must be at least at upper second level. Apart from these criteria, there are certain other formal prerequisites for applying successfully.

Applicants who have resided in a country that is not included in the DAC list for more than 15 months at the time of the application deadline and applicants who obtained their most recent higher education degree more than six years before submitting their application, are not eligible for a Helmut-Schmidt-Programme scholarship.

Applicants who already hold a master's degree in a similar discipline can only be considered in well-justified cases, if they can explain conclusively, why they would like to obtain another master's degree.
Professional/practical experience

Value of Scholarship(s)

931€

Eligibility

Applicants need to have a first (bachelor’s or equivalent) university degree in a social science, i.e. economics, anthropology, demography, empirical social or human geography, sociology, political science, administrative science or any other equivalent degree with a minimum of60 ECTS credits in one or several of these disciplines. Scholarships can only be granted to applicants from selected countries.

Applicants must have acquired at least 4 months of professional/practical experience in a field relevant to our program or social/political engagement


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