The Graduate Institute is well known for its rigorous interdisciplinary approach to international and development studies. We offer two flagship interdisciplinary Master programmes in Development Studies (MDEV) and International Affairs (MIA).
Both are two-year programmes. They integrate the Institute’s specialized disciplinary prowess in Anthropology/Sociology, Economics, History, Law, and Political Science to equip graduates with theoretical, practical, and professional skills, experience, and networks to make a meaningful impact on a rapidly transforming world.
The MDEV and MIA programmes combine:
- cutting-edge theory with practical application,
- disciplinary knowledge with interdisciplinary perspectives,
- class-room teaching with workshops, internships, and collaborative research projects in the field, and
- taught courses with independent research.
Most classes are seminar-oriented. Workshops are interactive and hands-on. Independent research helps develop a capacity for reflection. Collaborative research projects provide experience of teamwork, and in adapting theoretical class-room knowledge to real world situations and the needs of partners and stakeholders beyond the university. The programmes also encourage internships to develop works skills and experience.