Master's Degree Programme, 2 years, Trondheim

Development Studies - specialising in Geography

Study start 2017

Information for students from outside of Norway and the Nordic Countries

Orientation week

All of week 33: Monday August 14 - Sunday August 20. Registration required!
We strongly recommend all new master students from outside of Norway and the Nordic countries to attend Orientation Week. Make sure you register for the arrangement in July!

Matriculation Ceremony 2017 Wednesday 16 August.

After the Matricualtion Ceremony, there will be buses that will take you for free from the main building at Gløshaugen to Dragvoll Campus. Here we will meet for lunch. You will be picked up by the bus stop. Look for someone holding a poster with the title of your study programme:

Welcome lunch - MPhil in Development Studies, specializing in Geography
Date: Wednesday 16th August 2017
Time: Approximately 1230
Venue: Bambus canteen, Dragvoll campus

Practical information

Arrival checklist

Manage your studies

How to get to NTNU

Local bus

Use ATB's travel planner to get specific route information.

Airbus transport

How to get from the airport to Trondheim and the student villages.

Campus is a labyrinth. With MazeMap (free) on your smartphone it is easier to reach your destination.

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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.


Degree: Master of Philosophy
Duration: 2 years, 120 ECTS
Programme code: MPSVDEV
Restricted admission: Yes
Language of instruction: English

Faculty of Social and Educational Sciences
Department of Geography

City: Trondheim

This information applies to the current academic year

Application deadlines

Non-EU/non-EEA students: 
1 December 2017

EU / EEA / Norwegian students: 
1 March 2017