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DEVELOPMENT AND INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS, MASTER

Application and requirements

The admission requirement for the master's degree program in Development and International Relations is a completed relevant bachelor's degree. A bachelor's degree in a social science discipline is considered relevant. The following bachelor's degrees from the humanities are also considered relevant: History, Language and International Studies (SIS/LISE, AAU) and bachelor's degrees including a minimum of 30 ECTS credits within one or more of the following subject areas : International relations, development studies, European studies, international political economy, area studies (e.g. China Studies or Latin American Studies), migration studies, refugee studies, cultural studies, globalization studies, integration studies, international law.

The program is offered in English, and a minimum of B-level English language proficiency is required.

For information about the application process, deadlines, tuition fee, scholarship etc. please see How to apply to Aalborg University.

The study board does not pre-assess the basis for admission. This means that academic assessments are carried out only when an application for admission is submitted within the prescribed deadline.

NB: Please notice that the admission requirements will change as of 2020 to the following:

The admission requirement for the master's degree program in DIR/ES is a completed relevant bachelor's degree. A bachelor's degree in a social science discipline is considered relevant. In addition, a Bachelor's degree is considered relevant if it includes a minimum of 30 ECTS credits within one or more of the following subject areas: International relations, development studies, European studies, international political economy, area studies (e.g. China Studies or Latin American Studies), migration studies, refugee studies, cultural studies, globalization studies, integration studies, international law or other central subjects of the DIR/ES programs.

 

Restricted admission to the master's degree programme in Development and International Relations

AAU has introduced restricted admission to the Master's degree programme in Development and International Relations. Thus, not all applicants who apply for admission within the prescribed deadline and meet the admission requirements, are guaranteed admission to the programme.

In 2019, AAU expects to offer the following number of student places:

  • 69 student places at Development and International Relations (Aalborg)
  • 11 student places at Development and International Relations with specialisation in China and International Relations (Aalborg and Beijing)
  • 69 student places at Development and International Relations with specialisation in Global Refugee Studies (Copenhagen).

If you want to apply for the Master's degree programme in Development and International Relations with specialisation in either Arctic Studies, Latin American Studies, Global Gender Studies or Chinese Area Studies, you must apply for the Master's degree programme in Development and International Relations (Aalborg).

Assessment and prioritisation of the qualified applicants will take place on the basis of the following selection criteria:

  1. The grade point average for ECTS credits obtained during the qualifying Bachelor's degree at the time of application
     
  2. The applicant’s motivation for applying for admission to the master’s degree programme, including a description of the following elements (the motivational text must be in English and must not exceed one page):
  • Knowledge of subjects relevant to the master's degree programme achieved for instance through work/voluntary work for companies, organisations or institutions (these subjets can for instance be international relations, development studies, European studies, international political economy, area studies (e.g. China Studies or Latin American Studies), migration studies, refugee studies, cultural studies, globalization studies, integration studies, international law). The knowledge of the subjects must be documented and uploaded through for example a confirmation or a letter of recommendation from the employer.
  • ECTS credits obtained during the qualifying bachelor's degree within relevant subject areas (international relations, development studies, European studies, international political economy, area studies (e.g. China Studies or Latin American Studies), migration studies, refugee studies, cultural studies, globalization studies, integration studies, international law.

Entry restrictions

This programme is entry restricted. Please see the specific admission criteria before applying.

Official English language requirements

Applicants applying for Master's programmes at Aalborg University must submit results of an IELTS, TOEFL or Cambridge test with the below mentioned minimum scores:

Danish B level in English compares to:

IELTS (academic test). Minimum score: 6.5
TOEFL (internet-based): Minimum score: 88
Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency (CPE)
Certificate in Advanced English (CAE)
 

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Application Deadline

Deadline for applying is 1st March

You must apply digitally via the online application portal. Please read the application procedures before applying.

 

Application procedures

How to apply

When you apply for a Master's programme at Aalborg University, you have to use STADS-DANS which is a national Danish digital application system in which the entire application process is handled.

Please note that some of the programmes offered may be subject to restricted admission. That means that the individual programmes may have a limited number of student places. Information on the programmes affected and the exact number of places offered will be available shortly when finally clarified.
 

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