In an academic partnership that was forged in 2018, The United Nations System Staff College (UNSSC) and IE University have continued to work together in the establishment and co-design of a master’s programme that has a special focus on sustainable development. The one-year Master in International Development (MID) programme aims to create a conduit for the next generation of leaders and policy-makers who are equipped with key skills and competencies required to address the complex challenges highlighted by the 2030 Agenda. Designed through the lens of the 5P of the 2030 Agenda (i.e. People, Planet, Prosperity, Peace, and Partnerships), the master’s programme will equip graduates with a mind-set that values innovation, co-creation and collaboration, preparing them to be at the vanguard of transformative change, be it within the UN or in the public or private sectors.

The curriculum has been designed jointly by the UNSSC  and IE School of Global and Public Affairs. The programme includes an immersion week in a United Nations operation where candidates will gain first-hand experience of development work being carried out within an international organisation.

For more information including how to register, click here.

Key Features:

Duration: 10 months (October 2020 – July 2021)

Language: English

Location: Madrid (including an immersion week in a UN operation)

Format: Full-time
In response to the uncertainty brought about by Covid-19, all courses in the 2020-21 edition will be taught in a hybrid format that will enable students to attend classes face-to-face or remotely.

Programme commencement: October 2020


The intake for the October 2020 cohort is already underway. Prospective candidates are encouraged to apply early given the limited number of places in the programme. More details about the admission process and the tuition fees can be found here.

Scholarship details:

The Sustainable Development Leaders Scholarship covers  up to 80% of the tuition fee .

It is available to four current or former UN staff, or UN Volunteers accepted into this programme.

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Full details about the MID programme can be found on the official MID webpage here.

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MID Brochure