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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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.


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 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.

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: 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 .


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.



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

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