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Programme Overview

LUMID provides students with in-depth and applied knowledge of international development issues and challenges, with a focus on their implications for research and management practices. The programme is designed to enhance students’ previous knowledge, skills and experiences with the ultimate aim to produce graduates who in their professional capacity will be able to contribute to development on both global and local levels.




LUMID is a two-year interdisciplinary programme focusing on international development and management. In recognition of the complexity of development issues at hand, the programme welcomes lecturers and students from various disciplines (including engineering, natural sciences, medicine and humanities in addition to social science).

The programme offers students a unique combination of theoretical knowledge, applied research methods, management tools and skills pertaining to a range of current development areas and challenges. These different aspects of international development research and practice are integrated through programme courses, internships, field work research, and complementary initiatives, that give LUMID an edge over other Master’s programmes in this field.

Knowledge and skills

  • Knowledge and practical experience of management methods and tools that are used in the planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of projects in international development cooperation.
  • Practice-based assessment of methods and tools used in international development cooperation.
  • An understanding of debates and theories related to key international development problems.
  • In-depth knowledge of specific debates in international development (eg. in the areas of rural and urban livelihoods, natural resource management and global health).
  • Collecting and analysing qualitative and quantitative, primary and secondary data related to international development and development cooperation.
  • Individual as well as teamwork cooperation and communication skills in culturally diverse settings, based on different types of assingments (eg groupwork, individual essays, peer reviewing fellow students work, both verbally and in writing).

Courses and credits:

International Development Perspectives (15), Theory of Science and Methods (15), Development Organisations and Programme Management (7.5), Sustainable Development and Natural Resource Management (7.5), Rural and Urban Development and Livelihoods (7,5), Global Health (7.5), Field Studies of Programme Management (22.5), Field Methods (7.5), Master’s degree thesis (30). For more information see Programme Structure.

Upon completion of the programme, a degree of Master of Science (120 credits) in International Development and Management is awarded, in compliance with the National Higher Education Ordinance (SFS 2006:1053).

Career Prospects

Some 70-80 per cent of our students secure employment within the development sector a year following graduation. Students attribute this to the project and programme management skills as well as to the rigorous field training that they get during the second year of the programme. Our Alumni are employed in a wide range of development related organizations, all over the world, spanning from small NGOs to the national and international organizations such as the United Nations and the World Bank. For more information please see our Students and Alumni page.


LUMID Information

Contact us

Visiting / Postal Address:
Sölvegatan 10
SE-223 62 LUND

Phone: +46 (0)46 222 86 90
E-mail: lumid [at] keg [dot] lu [dot] se


Students and Alumni