Development Evaluation and Management, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration
  • Tuition
    1000
    Tuition (Year)
    1000
    Tuition (Year)
  • English (take IELTS)
    Language
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This Master’s offers insight into the nature of development evaluation, as well as its relevance and challenges, at both a methodological and an institutional level. Students are familiarised with multidisciplinary tools that will improve their capacity to understand interactions among actors involved, and to contribute to an enhanced conceptualisation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of development policies and programmes.
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  • Fees and funding

About

This Master’s offers insight into the nature of development evaluation, as well as its relevance and challenges, at both a methodological and an institutional level. Students are familiarised with multidisciplinary tools that will improve their capacity to understand interactions among actors involved, and to contribute to an enhanced conceptualisation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of development policies and programmes. The programme offers two tracks with specific objectives and courses:

  • Track 1: National Institutions, Poverty Reduction Strategies and Aid
  • Track 2: Development Interventions and Local Institutional Chang

Your future

Some of the most recurrent employers among IOB graduates are within the government sector, Parliaments, Inter/supranational organisations, National and International NGOs,higher education/research, and bi- or multilateral donor agencies. IOB also offers a multi-disciplinary Doctoral Programme, leading to a PhD in Development Studies. To ensure quality guidance IOB adheres to a strict policy in considering and accepting applications.

Accreditation

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

Programme Structure

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

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Study intensity Full-time
  • Credits
    60 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
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English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score: 6

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score: 550

    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score: 79

    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

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 Bachelor’s 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 Master’s 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.

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • EUR 1000 International
  • EUR 1000 EU/EEA

Self-sponsoring students from low-income and lower-middle-income countries (DAC list of ODA recipients) living in their countries of origin at the time of application pay a reduced fee of € 80. Students with a BTC or VLIR-UOS scholarship also pay the reduced fee of € 80.

Self-sponsoring students from low-income and lower-middle-income countries who are living in an upper-middle-income or high-income country at the time of application, self-sponsoring students from upper-middle-income countries and high-income countries and students with Erasmus Mundus scholarships pay a reduced fee of € 1000.

Sponsored students (except those with VLIR-UOS or BTC scholarship) pay the full registration fee of € 5000, unless otherwise agreed between the scholarship granting institution (or organization) and the IOB.

Funding

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: www.btcctb.org). Further information can be obtained from the Belgian Embassy. Several other organisations also offer scholarships: NGOs (website www.ngo.org ), 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: www.dgos.be .

Grants

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:

  1. 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 www.vliruos.be
  2. 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.

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