Master's Degree Programme, 2 years

Development Studies - specialising in Geography

About development studies

The MPhil in Development Studies, specialising in Geography exposes students to development studies as an interdisciplinary subject. Attention is paid to empirical examples, exercises and assignments built on studies and development strategies of the South.

The aim is to provide students from the South with expertise that can be used in the development process in their home countries, and to give students from the North knowledge that will make them capable of assisting the development process, either through working in Norway or abroad. Together this makes a good ground for learning.


Applicants should preferably hold a Bachelor of Social Science. The degree should include at least 60 ECTS (one year full time study) of studies within geography, planning, or development studies. Possible admission to the study programme requires a minimum of an average grade of C. C is, however, not a guarantee for admission.

Career prospects

The programme is intended for students interested in pursuing careers in the development sector and gives you a unique opportunity to learn about other cultures and the complex issues of social change. Both international and national organisations working on development issues actively seek candidates with an academic background.

Programme components

The Master's degree in Development Studies - specialising in Geography is a 2-year programme that is structured around core courses, electives and a Master's thesis.

Individual fieldwork as part of the master's thesis is an important part of the study programme.

Student guidance

Please contact us if you have any questions:
phone: +47 73 59 19 10

You can also visit us at campus Dragvoll in Building 7, level 4.

MPhil in Development Studies

Degree: Master of Philosophy (MPhil) in Development Studies - specialising in Geography
Restricted admission: Yes
Department: Department of Geography
Faculty: Faculty of Social Sciences and Technology Management

Application deadlines

The application deadlines for master's degrees starting August 2016 have passed.

The next round of admission will open in autumn 2016, with the following application deadlines: 

Non-EU/non-EEA students: 
1 December 2016

EU / EEA / Norwegian students: 
1 March 2017


How to apply

Please download the brochure