LUMID at a glance

LUMID is an interdisciplinary two-year master programme in international development and management conducted in English. The programme runs over two years. LUMID is open to both Swedish and international students, who wish to prepare for a career in international aid and development cooperation, or who wish to further their academic studies with this profile.


LUMID is one of the most popular and successful programmes at Lund University with around 1,000 applicants for 40 places. Emphasis on applied knowledge and interdisciplinarity has resulted in a remarkable success rate, with nearly 100 percent of our students completing their degrees within two years of starting the programme. Students spend the third semester in a developing country of their choice combining academic course work with practical work. During this semester, they apply the theoretical knowledge that they have acquired during the first year of campus based study in Lund.


70-80 percent of our students found work within the development sector within a year of graduating. The students attribute this to the project and programme management component of the LUMID programme as well as the rigorous field training and experience they gather during the second year. Alumni are employed in a whole range of development related organizations spanning from small NGOs to the World Bank and national and international aid agencies.


What skills will the programme provide you with?

  • Qualitative assessment of processes and methods used in international development project and programme management
  • Formulation of project proposals and project design.
  • Knowledge and practical experience of project monitoring and carrying out organizational assessment.
  • An understanding of theories related to international development and specialized knowledge in one of three fields: public health, rural development and natural resource management
  • Qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis methods
  • Extensive experience of peer reviewing and discussing fellow students work, both verbally and in writing.

After successfully completing the LUMID programme, students are awarded a Master of Science in International Development and Management.

Syllabus LUMID (SAMDE)

Interdisciplinary and International

LUMID welcomes applicants from a variety of academic disciplines and countries. LUMID is hosted by the Department of Human Geography at Lund University, but takes a multidisciplinary approach. This is accomplished through the teaching staff recruited from a number of faculties. LUMID offers courses in the four areas: social sciences, natural sciences, health sciences and management. Students have the possibility of choosing a thesis topic within one of these fields and receive supervision from teachers working within that particular field.

Target Groups

Admission to LUMID requires a Bachelor’s degree equivalent to at least 180 Higher Education credits, or three years worth of successful, full-time study. LUMID especially encourages applicants within three broad subject backgrounds, namely engineering/natural sciences, health/medicine and the social sciences (including economics), respectively.

Applied knowledge and critical thinking

LUMID focuses on two major types of learning: learning by doing and critical, academic thinking based on empirical investigation. To achieve this, the first year courses on campus are complemented by field-based courses during the second year. The combination of academic and applied knowledge hence is an essential component of the LUMID programme.

First year campus-based courses

Students prepare for the field-based courses through campus-based courses in development theory, research design and methods (where the focus is on quantitative methods), one thematic course and finally a campus-based course in development and management.

Second year field-based courses

During the second year, students apply their academic knowledge to a field setting in a developing country of their choice. The development management course is put into practice within the context of an organization working with development issues either directly in a developing country or indirectly in a developed country. The field-based methods course is carried out in a developing country, with a focus on qualitative methods. During this course students collect data for their theses. The writing of the thesis may be carried out either in Sweden or elsewhere.

Purpose of LUMID

LUMID serves to provide the student with deepened, applied and profiled knowledge of international development issues and international development cooperation. The programme is designed to build on the previous knowledge, skills and experiences of its students with the ultimate aim of producing graduates who in their professional capacity will be able to contribute to development work locally and globally. Studies carried out within the programme prepare students for a professional career as well as for further academic studies within the area of international development.