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Programme Overview

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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

  • apply reflexive individual as well as teamwork cooperation and communicationskills in culturally diverse settings, based on different types of group, individual,oral and written assignments,
  • analyse and critically assess key development policy and management concepts,methods and tools that are used for planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation in international development practice, in a variety of contexts, rangingfrom the micro-level to the international level,
  • understand current debates and theories in international development, includingmore in-depth knowledge in specific topics, especially in the areas of livelihoods,environment, urbanisation, and global health,
  • connect debates, theories and evidence in development research, with thedevelopment of reflexive professional skills in development and managementmethods and tools that are used for policy, planning, implementation,monitoring and evaluation in international development cooperation,
  • collect and adopt an analytical and critical approach to qualitative and/orquantitative data, drawing on primary and/or secondary sources (eg policydocuments and quantitative data from governments, non-governmental andinternational organisations, academic journals and public data-bases) related tospecific international development and management problems.

Courses and credits:

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.


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