Globalisation and Development Studies

Do you have a passion for research and work in the field of globalisation and development, rooted in undergraduate studies or experience in the field? Are you interested in individuals and communities, as well as in the broader relations between the Global North and South? Do you have the ambition to develop your academic research skills and to use academic insights to make a positive impact in the world? If so, this may be the right programme for you. The master’s in Globalisation & Development Studies is a social science programme that focuses on how the dynamics of globalisation affect developing areas. You will develop the theoretical, analytical and practical skills that are essential for either an academic or professional career in globalisation and development.

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Mar Coll Planell, Student Ambassador Globalisation and Development Studies

“During my bachelor’s in Barcelona, I was a member of AIESEC, an international youth-led NGO focusing on developing leadership in young people. Through them I volunteered in Egypt and India and also in the Philippines, where I was involved in a youth initiative of the Asian Bank for one year. I actually wrote my bachelor’s thesis there and graduated during my time in the Philippines. My aim was and still is to be involved in project design and implementation, but for that I need a master’s degree.
I looked online for suitable programmes and this master’s was perfectly relevant. You gain all the knowledge you need to understand the development sector, the history, the international organisations and agencies involved and their roles. Also, you learn how to do qualitative and quantitative research.
My goal is to work for an NGO or start my own NGO, working in the field with women who are facing gender-based violence, design programmes specifically aimed at this group and also implement them.”

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Mar Coll Planell, Ambassador MA Globalisation and Development Studies 2020-2021

“After doing field work with refugees, I’m passionate about projects for women who face gender-based violence.”


Mar, 23 years old, is from Spain and has a bachelor in Political Science and Public Administration from the University of Barcelona.

Master's Open Day March 2019


Kickstart your career at our Master's Open Day

Experience Maastricht University: find out more about one of the most international universities in Europe, immerse yourself in your programme of choice, and explore our beautiful city. The next Master’s Open Day is on Saturday 6 March 2021.

Pre-master's programme

If you do not satisfy the admission requirements of this Master's programme you may be able to enrol in a Pre-master's course year. Check out the Pre-master information and learn more about the programme, the courses and the requirements.

  • “This master’s programme teaches me the skills and knowledge to help improve conditions in developing countries.”
    Valery Samantha Bermúdez García, Student Ambassador Globalisation and Development Studies 2019-2020
  • “In the future I see myself working in the field for an NGO like Unicef, to reach children and their families and develop projects towards their well-being.”
    Kimberly Ricaurte Davila, Student Ambassador Globalisation and Development Studies 2018-2019
  • My goal is to travel and work in a developing country, as a project manager or maybe in a teaching position, sharing knowledge with others.
    Kirstin Kreyscher, Student ambassador Globalisation and Development Studies 2017-2018
  • “The ‘feel good’ component of the master’s programme is what drew me most.”
    Maddy Glenn, Student Ambassador Globalisation and Development Studies 2016-2017
  • I would love to carry out a project somewhere in the world, with my feet in the mud, really helping people.
    Toby Chan (Hong Kong), Globalisation and Development Studies

Study at FASoS during COVID-19

FASoS HvT achterzijde

We understand that in these uncertain times it is difficult to assess what the academic year 2020-2021 looks like. These uncertainties logically raise many questions: How about safety in Maastricht? What will education look like at FASoS? What can you expect from student life? We can't give a conclusive answer to all these questions, but we can try to help you as best we can. Please visit our information pages to see what your study programme looks like at the beginning of this academic year.



  • Two Master's Thesis Awards for FASoS students

    Tuesday, February 11, 2020

    During the annual Dies Natalis 2020 two FASoS students were presented with the 2019 Student Award during the academic session.

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  • Student volunteer Jana Echterhoff portraid in Die Welle

    Thursday, June 1, 2017

    The german international broadcaster Die Welle reported on the vonlunteer work of Globalization and Development Studies student Jana Echterhoff in Mexico.

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