English-taught programmes

All ICDD-affiliated universities have their own MA / MSc programmes feeding into the ICDD approach to foster relevant capacities in the field of development cooperation. At the University of Kassel, the ICDD offers scholarships for MA and MSc degrees to students from developing countries within the following programmes: Global Political Economy and Development (GPED) (MA), Labour Policies and Globalisation (LPG) (MA), and Sustainable International Agriculture (MSc). These three programmes are taught in English.

Recently, the ICDD launched the ICDD PhD Toolbox, offering PhD students a range of videos exploring the various subjects that they will encounter during their studies. Our aim is to support you in your PhD project by providing you with a comprehensive resource: one that gives you a head start in generating the skills and knowledge to help you achieve your academic goals.

Our focus

In GPED, students learn about postcolonial perspectives and critical reflections on the traditional development paradigm.

The LPG programme is geared towards trade unionists around the globe and focuses on the challenges for trade union work and representation. It is offered as a joint degree with the Berlin School of Economics and as a double degree with the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa.

What we have achieved

Since 2015, more than 80 new teaching and study courses have been devised within the ICDD network. In addition to regular study programmes at the MA / MSc level, the ICDD has hosted many short-term training opportunities for professionals.

Below are the programmes offered by ICDD-affiliated universities.


MA Global Political Economy and Development

MA Labour Policies and Globalisation

MA Sustainable International Agriculture

Massive Open Online Courses

ENGAGE Programme: South Africa Union Rights, Policy and Practice: Training for Global Union Activists