Global Development and Planning

Do you want to know why some countries have progressed to a high level of income without having strong resource endowments, whereas other countries have had propel periods of strong growth by excessively exploiting their resource base? And, why are some countries prone to kleptocratic and dictatorial rule - amazing riches to the few and poverty to the many?

Are you interested in development issues and want to learn more about environmental, social, economic and political facilitators and obstacles to development? In the Global Development and Planning programme you will study population growth, over-exploitation and mismanagement of natural resources and environmental pollution.

This master's programme is a blended programme, consistent of online learning and two compulsory physical gatherings (face-to-face sessions). Student who need to apply for a visa to come to Norway, can either choose to apply for a short term visa for the two-week face-to-face session in August, or can apply for a student visa and stay on campus for two years.

In the beginning of the first semester you will participate in a face-to-face session at UiA. Here you will spend two weeks with your fellow students, professors and tutors. You get an introduction to learning resources, computer technology and applied pedagogies. The second face-to-face session will take place in the second semester (four weeks in May/June) at our partner institution in Sri Lanka.

Co-operation is a fundamental idea for the programme. The pedagogy is learner focused, and will include group work, discussions and joint assignments. The online tuition, instruction and supervision takes place in virtual classrooms. The programme is full time, and we expect all students to participate actively, take responsibility for their own learning and take part in the development of an optimal learning environment.

Application deadline
Formal prerequisites

Bachelor's degree with a major subject of at least 80 credits within Social Sciences with at least 20 credits at supplementary level. Applicants will need to have 10 ECTS within social science methodology. A weighed, average grade of C or better is required. For more details see admission requirements on the programme's webpage.

Application period

  • Non-EU/non-EEA international applicants: 1 November to 1 December
  • EU/EEA-applicants, applicants with education from outside of the Nordic countries, and applicants with a renewable or permanent residence permit to Norway: 1 February to 1 March
  • Nordic citizens: 1 February to 15 April
Tuition No tuition fee
Degree level Master, 2 years
City Kristiansand
Credits 120.0
Language of teaching English