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What will I learn?

Do you have a passion for research and work in the field of globalisation and development, rooted in undergraduate studies or experience in the field? Are you interested in individuals and communities, as well as in the broader relations between the Global North and South? Do you have the ambition to develop your academic research skills and to use academic insights to make a positive impact in the world? If so, this may be the right programme for you. The master’s in Globalisation & Development Studies is a social science programme that focuses on how the dynamics of globalisation affect developing areas. You will develop the theoretical, analytical and practical skills that are essential for either an academic or professional career in globalisation and development.

The master’s programme in Globalisation & Development Studies is a social science programme that focuses on how globalisation trends affect and interconnect different areas of the globe while marginalising others and how they produce diverse ‘local’ responses. While acknowledging the roles of the state and the market, you will examine the processes of globalisation and development ‘from the ground up’. You will look at how they are experienced in the everyday lives of families, indigenous communities, migrant Diasporas, grassroots organisations and NGOs.

This programme builds on 20 years of globalisation and development teaching at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. It has a pronounced global and transnational orientation: from the dynamics of inclusion and exclusion, to emancipation and empowerment, hybrid identities, transnational social and political formations, and new possibilities for transforming society. You will develop a sound knowledge basis in the concepts, theories and issues relating to globalisation and development. Using Problem-Based Learning (PBL), which is very well suited for Globalisation and Development Studies, you’re learning is problem-driven and theory-driven and requires students to be active rather than passive.

As a Globalisation & Development Studies graduate, your thorough academic training prepares you for both a professional and an academic career. You will have a wide array of career paths to choose from, including:

  • An NGO, as a researcher, project manager, board member, strategist, awareness campaigner, fundraiser or lobbyist
  • The public sector or governmental agencies, as a researcher, policy maker, analyst or project developer
  • The private sector as a development consultant
  • The media, as a reporter, copywriter or press officer
  • Academia or a think tank, as a researcher or PhD candidate

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Study options

Full Time (1 Year)

Tuition fees
€13,800.00 (11,14,701) per year
Statutory fee for this programme is € 2,083
Start date

Expected September 2022


Maastricht University

Minderbroedersberg 4-6,



6211, Netherlands

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have eligible for admission if you have a bachelor's degree from a relevant academic field, for example, philosophy or sociology. English language requirements: IELTS (6.5); TOEFL Paper-based test (575); TOEFL Internet test (90); TOEIC listening and reading (720) and speaking and writing (310); Cambridge [Advanced (CAE) Grade C (scale 180-184), First Certificate in English (FCE) Grade A (scale 180-184), First Certificate in English (FCE) Grade B (scale 176-179)].

For international students

You are eligible for admission if you have a bachelor's degree in the field of Social Sciences: Anthropology, Sociology, Geography, Economics, and Political science, International Relations, Development Studies, European Studies, Liberal Arts and Sciences. Or humanities: History, Philosophy, Arts and Culture, or an equivalent level of relevant education or working experience.

IELTS test: minimum score overall 6.5 and writing minimum score 6.5

TOEFL test: overall, internet-based minimum score 90 and writing minimum score 25

TOEFL test: overall, paper-based minimum score 575

TOEFL test: overall, computer-based minimum score 232

A Cambridge certificate: C or higher for the CAE (Certificate in Advanced English)


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