Development Studies (Master)

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Graduates of the master’s programme in Development Studies have special knowledge of global transformations, structures of inequalities and their historical and current development. They are able to analyse and present complex correlations and deal with development in a systematic, independent and critical manner.  They have gained theoretical, methodological and communicative competences required for a career in academia and practice.

Master of Arts

Degree Programme Code: 066 589

4 semesters / 120 ECTS credits

Language: German

NO entrance examination



Instruction Language German

Please note that the instruction language of this programme is German. To start the degree programme, you need to hold a certificate of German proficiency on C1 level.

Study Programme

The master’s programme has the following structure: compulsory modules on the fundamentals of development studies and the methods in development studies, as well as a group of elective modules, aimed at a specialisation in transdisciplinary development studies. Students have to select 3 out of 9 specialisation modules, covering the following subject areas: aspects of development studies from a political science perspective; aspects of development studies from a sociological perspective; aspects of development studies from a cultural studies perspective; historical aspects; geographical and regional aspects; fields of practice and applied development cooperation; and transdisciplinary specialisation (students have the opportunity to replace one of the modules mentioned above with a specialisation module that they define, comprising courses from other degree programmes at the University of Vienna, other Austrian universities or courses completed during a semester abroad. The directorate of studies has to approve in advance.). Furthermore, students have to complete a compulsory module on transdisciplinary research and a compulsory master’s module.

Five Concepts

which you will deal with during your studies (examples):

  • Development studies
  • Transdisciplinary
  • Global transformation
  • North-South relations
  • Development policy architecture

 Overview of the programme structure & topics

Here you find the current offer of courses for this programme to gain better insight into the topics and structure. For more information please click on the respective level.

After Graduation

Graduates can pursue a career in the following occupational fields:

  • teaching and research in academia as well as at non-university research institutions and in adult education
  • work for organisations in the governmental, private and civic sector that focus on development cooperation and development policy
  • positions with a focus on development at international organisations
  • public relations and media work with a focus on development or North-South relations
  • professions that require intercultural competence and comprehensive specialist knowledge of different world religions, e.g. in foreign trade and at international corporations.

Graduates' Perspective on the Degree Programme

Graduate Survey

The University of Vienna regularly surveys graduates after the completion of their degree programmes about their experience with their degree programme and the university itself. The survey gives you insight into graduates perspectives of their studies from a subject and organizational related point of view.

Information about the Graduate Survey

Career Tracking of Graduates

The alumni tracking provides information on the career progression of the graduates of the University of Vienna and provides orientation for entry into the profession after graduation (e.g. search duration of first job, salary development and sectors in which graduates are active).

Information about the Career Tracking of Graduates