Welcome to the MA Development and Governance

Our programme is primarily addressing students from developing countries with an academic background in social science and working experience related to the subjects of Development and Governance.

The following pages will guide you through the MA programme and provide information for applicants and students. If there are any question unanswered from this webpage, please do not hesitate to contact our support staff.

The application period for candidates of the DAAD Helmut-Schmidt-Programme (Master's Scholarschip for Public Policy and Good Governance) for the intake of the academic year 2024/2025 is between 1 June and 31 July 2023. Please see here for application requirements and documents for submission.

The application period for self-financed candidates for the academic year 2023/2024 has already passed. The next chance to apply will presumably be in March 2024 for the intake of the academic year 2024/2025.


Trip to Brussels and a visit at the European Parliament and the European Council. June 2023

On June 26, students from both the Development & Governance and International Relations & Development Policy Master's programs visited Brussels as part of the lecture ‘Politics in the EU’. 17 students visited the European Parliament and the European Council.

In the afternoon, they met Professor Michael Kaeding, who took them for a walk through the quarter around Place du Luxembourg with its many interest groups to meet both the formal EU institutions and the many networking spots influencing EU politics.

Our intake 2022 at their visit to the European Parliament and Council in Brussels.

Brussels Trip 2023

Seminar "Germany’s Development Policy" in Bonn

Our new intake has participated in the seminar “Germany’s Development Policy - Towards New Approaches” in Bonn. The seminar is a cooperation of the Institute of Political Science of the University of Duisburg and Engagement Global on behalf of the BMZ (Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development).

The students had the opportunity to get to know the German Development Policy in institutions such as the German Development Institute (DIE) or the Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ).

Our intake 2018 at the seminar "Germany´s Development Policy" in Bonn

trip to Brussels and a visit at the European Parliament with Professor Kaeding in 2018

trip to Brussels and a visit at the European Parliament with Professor Kaeding in 2018

trip to Brussels and a visit at the European Parliament with Professor Kaeding in 2018

Our intake 2017 at the Seminar "Germany´s Development Policy" in Bonn



Our intake 2016 at the Seminar "Germany´s Development Policy" in Bonn


The Master program is now an official member of AGEP


The German Association of Postgraduate Programs with special Relevance to Developing   Countries (AGEP) is an umbrella organization comprising various postgraduate study programs oriented to developing and threshold countries as well as countries with economies in transition.

AGEP (https://agep-info.de/) standards guarantee that its members maintain a high scientific level and apply modern methods of teaching and research. The lecturers are highly qualified scientists with additional comprehensive experience in research, project work and cooperation with institutions in developing countries. 

New Intake 2016: 17 Students from 15 different countries

17 students from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Egypt, Indonesia, Liberia, Namibia, Nicaragua, Romania, South Africa, Syria and Thailand will be pursuing their studies in the academic year 2016/17. 

2014 visit to Brussels

With the support of the Institute of Political Science, a group of international students pursuing M.A Development and Governance at the University of Duisburg-Essen made a study tour to the EU-quarter in the city of Europe, Brussels, on 1st July. In connection with the course on the European Politics, the tour is led by Prof. Dr. Michael Kaeding. The group also had the opportunity to visit The European Parliament. All participants of the tour share the feeling that visiting and experiencing the EU-quarter in Brussels was fascinating as well as inspiring for the students. Our special thanks go to Prof. Dr. Michael Kaeding for giving us such an amazing experience visiting the real EU environment.

2014 visit to Brussels

Guest lecturer from Ghana teaching at Institute of Political Science

In May 2014 Dr. Linda Akua Darkwa visited the Institute for Political Science. She is a fellow at the Legon Centre for International Affairs and Diplomacy (LECIAD) at the University of Ghana, Legon. The visit was part the existing cultural, educational and scientific co-operation between the two institutes.

Ms. Darkwa focuses on two research areas: security during and directly after situations of civil conflict and the gender dimension of international conflicts. During her two-week stay in Duisburg Ms. Darkwa held workshops and lectures for the two Master programmes “International Relations and Development Policy” and “Development and Governance” on gender aspects of violent conflicts, as well as on political transition and democratic consolidation in Africa. Gender does not only offer a critique of current approaches to security and post-conflict development. Ms. Darkwa demonstrated how gender sensitive planning and implementation can improve post-conflict development. They can help sustain piece by systematically changing structural power relations in a society. The lectures gave the students the possibility to learn a different, non-European perspective of security and development, and was enriching for everyone that participated in her lectures.