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Development Studies

Bachelor's programme in Development Studies (BIDS) 180 credits. Autumn term.
A collaboration between several different departments.
Language of studies: English

The Bachelor’s Programme in Development Studies is an interdisciplinary programme with a focus on economic, social and political processes and their linkages to development cooperation.

Gain knowledge and concrete skills

You are given the knowledge needed to critically examine and understand the preconditions for, and process of, development. The programme offers students both the background knowledge and the concrete skills needed to work in development-related fields. Students also gain a critical social science approach that prepares them for postgraduate studies and assists them in various professions within government agencies, private firms and NGOs.

Four disciplines

The programme draws on, and combines, the scientific traditions from four different disciplines within the social sciences:

  • sociology
  • political science
  • economic geography
  • economic history

This offers you a multi-disciplinary perspective on development studies, and provides opportunity to deepen the knowledge in any of the aforementioned subjects.

Read more details about the programme at The Department of Human Geography and the Human Ecology Division.


Programme structure

For an overall programme structure please visit the Department of Human Geography and the Human Ecology Division at

Year 2 of the programme

Optional courses studied at the Department of Sociology:

The following courses have been developed to to be of particular interest for students on the Bachelors of Development Studies programme, but are open to all students at Lunds university and international exchange students who meet the entry requirements. Click on the course below to see the entry requirements and course description.

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Contact (subject: Sociology)

Study Advisor
Christian Landgren
studievagledare [at]

Please visit for information on other subjects or general information about the BIDS programme.

Department of Sociology
Lund University
Visiting address: Paradisgatan 5, House G, Lund
Postal address: Box 114 , SE-221 00 LUND, SWEDEN
Telephone: +46 46-222 00 00 (växel) +46 46-222 88 44, +46 46-222 88 13 (sociology and social anthropology) +46 46-222 87 38 (education)

Faculty of Social Sciences