About the program

Why study International Development Studies?

What is it development and how is it perceived by different people? What are the keys to improve livelihoods of the poor? Appropriate economic policy, good governance, natural resources, education and health care are all important, but how exactly should they be approached considering country specifics in the global context? If you are eager to look for the answers to these questions, then you are the right person to study International Development Studies at Palacky University Olomouc!

What do we offer?

  • unique and attractive program taught by young but experienced lecturers: we are the first university in Central Europe which started to offer master program focused on International Development Studies
  • great opportunities to spend part of your studies in other country: we are in partnership with more than 25 universities all around the world
  • refreshing international environment: plenty of students from abroad study at our department
  • opportunity to be involved in community of very active students: our students established their own club called “Sustainable Palacký”
  • facilities of prestigious faculty and of university with more than four hundred years of tradition
  • environment of one of the most beautiful and historical cities in Europe



About the program

The Master’s Program in International Development Studies taught in English is the first of its kind in the Czech Republic and in the region of Central and Eastern Europe and is open to students worldwide.

It is a two-year, full-time program designed not only for bachelor students with development studies background, but also for students from related fields who are interested in international development.

The program provides students with key knowledge and skills for a deeper understanding of problems affecting developing countries and the policies of international development including the skills for qualitative and quantitative research. The study program is based on three main pillars:

  • Theoretical background – seven compulsory courses and three seminars
  • Methodological background – a choice between quantitative and qualitative methods
  • Regional orientation – two courses applying theoretical knowledge to regional opportunities of development. Students can choose from four regions: Africa, Latin America, Southeast Asia, and Middle East and Central Asia.

Upon successful completion of the program, students are awarded the title of “Magister”, abbreviated as “Mgr.” which is equivalent to Master of Science (M.Sc.). Graduates are equipped to work in the field of international development in the public sector, private industry as well as in governmental and non-governmental organizations at both the national and international levels. Graduates can also find the opportunity to work as experts in projects run in low-income countries especially in the organizing and administering of projects both in the donor and target country, in diplomatic service, or in the academic sector.