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Bachelor's programme - Development Studies

A collaboration between four disciplines.

A bachelor's programme is a three-year education on the first-cycle level, which means that you study 180 credits. Bachelor's programme in Development Studies (BIDS). Programme start: each autumn term.

Language of studies: English

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

Giving you skills to work in development related fields

You are given the knowledge needed to critically examine and understand the preconditions for, and process of, development. The programme offers you both the background knowledge and the concrete skills needed to work in development-related fields.

You will also gain a critical social science approach that prepares you for postgraduate studies and will assist you 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 your knowledge in any of the mentioned subjects.

Learn more and Apply

Go to to apply for this programme. You will also find information about entry requirements, tuition fees and more.

Courses given here at the Department of Sociology

Year 1

  • Development Policy in Practice 15 credits (UTVC22). The course is offered as a the second compulsory course within the BSc programme in Development Studies.
    Course syllabus UTVC22

Year 2

The following four 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, course description, syllabus and schedule.

Year 3

Programme structure

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