Development in a complex and highly differentiated world
Development is no longer considered as a problem ‘out there’ in the global south. Our contemporary world faces new global concerns, such as the 'migration crisis', food security, climate change, and energy crises.
We also witness massive changes in the relative power structure in our world system. Africa, Asia and Latin America are experiencing rapid transformations, turning traditional North-South relations upside down. Giants like India and China are strengthening their role in international development cooperation.
These ‘new’ donors emphasise that ‘South-South cooperation’ is different from the Western notion of donors helping clients. While development has been traditionally defined by the donor community in the North/West, governments in Africa, Asia and Latin America have come up with their own versions of ‘development’.
Over the past decade, the number of actors active in the development domain has multiplied. In addition to the traditional donors, new ‘players’ have entered the scene, including foundations and diaspora-organisations.
Furthermore individual migrants and socially-engaged entrepreneurs are acknowledging their role in societal changes; many are taking responsibility for the social and environmental impacts of production activities and/or consumption.
The central objective of the Master's in International Development Studies programme at Utrecht University is to equip you with conceptual and empirical knowledge as well as research skills necessary to understand and analyse contemporary issues pertaining to international development in broad geographical contexts (local, regional, and international levels).
Upon completion of the programme you will have acquired theoretical, methodological and practical competency. These skills will be useful for your career in further academic research, development policy and practice sector, as well as other work fields. You will gain an understanding of world affairs and international experiences as well as analytical, communication and project implementation skills.
IDS graduates thrive in work fields that require understanding of global affairs, international experiences as well as analytical, communication, and project implementation skills.
Following recent policy changes at national and international level, IDS graduates have increasingly found employment in non-traditional development fields such as the private sector.
- Research positions: conducting academic and applied research into development issues in the Netherlands and abroad.
- Policy positions: preparing and coordinating policy, advising on, and planning international development cooperation (e.g. in UNDP, FAO, Ministry of Foreign Affairs).
- Implementation positions: serving as local project managers and coordinators (in NGOs or the private sector, e.g. as corporate social responsibility or sustainability advisors).
- PR/communication positions related to development issues.
- Following recent policy changes at national and international level, the number and size of organisations involved in international cooperation have increased considerably. Consequently, there is a growing need for professionals who are able to integrate elements from various disciplines into the analysis of complex development-related issues.
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- Development Theories
- Development Themes
- Advanced Methods and Techniques for International Development Studies
- Migration, Mobilities & Sustainable Futures
- Real Estate
- Healthy Cities
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- 12 months
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DisciplinesInternational Development Sustainable Development Environmental Sciences View 41 other Masters in Sustainable Development in Netherlands
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You are eligible for the Master’s programme International Development Studies provided you fulfil the following admission requirements:
- An (inter)national academic Bachelor degree in Human Geography and Planning or a related subject such as Sociology, Anthropology, Economics, International Politics, Liberal Arts and Sciences and Environmental Sciences, with a clear and demonstrable international development orientation;
- Knowledge of, and experience with, both quantitative and qualitative methods for research in Social Sciences;
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International17280 EUR/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 17280 EUR per year during 12 months.
EU/EEA2168 EUR/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 2168 EUR per year during 12 months.
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Apply and win up to €10000 to cover your tuition fees.