The Bachelor’s programme in Development Studies is interdisciplinary and 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 the process of, development.

The programme draws on, and combines, the scientific traditions from four different disciplines – sociology, political science, human geography and economic history. This offers students a multidisciplinary perspective on development studies and provides the opportunity to deepen their knowledge in any of the aforementioned subjects.

Programme modules/courses

The programme is structured so that students get an introduction to the subject during year one (consisting of four 15 credit courses), acquire a specialisation through depth (30 credits in one of the four major disciplines) and width (30 credits optional courses) in year two, which can also be spent abroad, and further specialisation and preparation for the working life (including an opportunity to do an internship or a minor eld study) in year three.

The courses within the programme are: Development in a Historical Perspective – Economic, Social and Political Transformation (15 credits), Development Policy in Practice (15 credits), Development Theories (15 credits), Theory of Science and Research Methods – An Introduction (15 credits), selected courses in Lund or elsewhere (in total 60 credits), Development Cooperation in Practice (15 credits), Research Methods in Development Contexts (15 credits), Field Work, Internship and Research Overview (15 credits), Bachelor’s thesis (15 credits).

Career prospects

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

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Why Lund University?

Lund University was founded in 1666 and is one of northern Europe’s oldest, broadest and finest universities. The University ranks among the world's top 100 universities in the QS World University Rankings 2019 and is the #1 choice for international students coming to Sweden – one of the world's most innovative, sustainable and democratic countries.

If you would like to start building your international network in a global classroom setting, Lund University is a great option. Experience a different way of learning in a country ranked as one of the best in the world at providing higher education. Group work and informal teacher-student relationships facilitate in-depth learning.

The University is located in Lund, a charming and compact university city in southern Sweden, only 35 minutes away from Copenhagen Airport in Denmark. The city is famous for its vibrant student life and is also home to many world-leading research facilities and international companies.

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