M.Sc. Development Evaluation and Management

University of Antwerp

Application deadline: Non-EEA: 31 March; EEA: 7 September (VLIR-UOS scholarship: 31 January)
Tuition fee:
  • € 1,000 / Year (EEA)
  • € 1,000 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: September  2015
Credits (ECTS): 60 ECTS
Duration full-time: 12 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time

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The Master in Development Evaluation and Management focuses on the efforts made by a wide range of public and private actors to promote development in low-income countries.

It provides a solid understanding of past and present aid policies of multilateral and bilateral donors, and of the major aid modalities and instruments deployed. The institutional characteristics of the actors involved be they governments, community-based organisations, international NGOs, bilateral or multilateral donors are analysed so as to attain a better understanding of processes and outcomes. The theoretical perspective is that development can be understood as a set of interlocking collective action problems, on both the recipient and the donor side.

The Masters programme offers methodological and practical insights into development evaluation, its relevance and challenges. The programme offers two tracks with specific objectives and course packages that are intended for different audiences. The first track is primarily macro focused, while the second focuses mainly on the micro level.


The Masters will improve the students capacity to assess the strengths and weaknesses of the prevailing aid paradigms and the changing approaches to aid. Students will learn to appreciate the importance of different institutional arenas, and how they work and interact.

They will be familiarised with multidisciplinary analytical tools that improve their capacity to analyse the interactions and contribute to an enhanced conceptualisation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of development policies and programmes.

Master of Development Evaluation and Management

Model Path

Module I


* Theories of development

* Research Methods I

* Research Methods II

Module II


* Evaluating development effectiveness

Module III

Choose one of the modules


* Local institutions and poverty reduction

* National Institutions, Poverty Reduction Strategies and Aid

Module IV


* Dissertation


Applicants from the South must hold a university degree (Bachelor or Master) of at least 4 years of study in social sciences (Economics, Political Science, Sociology, International Relations, or related disciplines). Applicants who hold a Bachelors degree of only 3 years of study must demonstrate very strong and relevant professional experience and/or have successfully completed additional training. Applicants from the North must hold a Masters degree in Social Sciences. Only applicants with excellent academic records will be accepted.

Our ideal applicant has at least 2 years of professional experience in a sector relevant to the programme. Applicants must prove proficiency in English. Special facilities are offered for students from other language backgrounds.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6
TOEFL paper-based test score : 550
TOEFL iBT® test: 79


The Flemish Interuniversity Council (VLIR-UOS) offers 10 scholarships per Masters programme (see the application procedure outlined above). In addition, BTC (Belgian Technical Co-operation) manages scholarships awarded by the Belgian Directorate General for Development Cooperation (DGDC) (website: Further information can be obtained from the Belgian Embassy. Several other organisations also offer scholarships: NGOs (website ), Rotary International, the Ford Foundation, the Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Programme, the International Education Financial Aid (IEFA). Applicants should contact these organisations directly. An overview of study and training grants for students from developing countries is available on the website of the DGDC: .


Each year, a number of students at IOB engage in primary data collection as part of their Masters dissertation. This often involves field research and/or an internship or close collaboration with a development organisation. Experience teaches that field research, while often quite demanding, can also be very rewarding.
As regards the funding of such initiatives, there are various possibilities:

* EU students can apply for a VLIR travel grant under the so-called North Programme of the Flemish Interuniversity Council (VLIR). Students who are eligible for this type of funding are also eligible for funding types 2a and 2b but are excluded from alternatives 2c and 2d below. For further information, see * For students who are not able to make use of the VLIR travel grants, there are four alternatives for obtaining funding for an economy class return ticket:

* Under the terms of an Interuniversity Cooperation Project between IOB and the University of the Western Cape (South Africa), two travel grants are available for (EU or non-EU) students. Students are selected for this grant based on the topic of their dissertation, which should be in close relation with the Interuniversity Project.
* The University Foundation for Development Cooperation (USOS) provides one travel grant for fieldwork that ties in with the activities of a USOS partner. The partnership countries are the DRC, India, Nicaragua and Morocco.
* IOB awards ten additional travel grants to enable students to conduct field research for their Masters dissertation. An IOB grant may also be awarded to students who intend, as part of their Masters dissertation work, to perform an internship in Europe or North America, provided that the travel expenses are substantial.
* The Flemish Interuniversity Council (VLIR) provides a Master Credit Allowance for students from the South who wish to conduct scientific activities in connection with their currently ongoing master programme.



All study programmes at the University of Antwerp received accredidation from NVAO (Dutch-Flemish Accreditation Organisation).

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