M.Sc. Globalisation and Development

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 Globalisation and Development approaches the phenomenon of globalisation from an eclectic perspective, considering both the opportunities it creates and threats it poses to development and poverty alleviation in low- and middle-income countries, both at the national and the local level.


The objective of the Masters programme is to provide students with a solid understanding of the globalisation phenomenon in its multiple dimensions (worldwide markets for goods and services, capital and labour/migration, the planetary challenge of the environment and sustainable development).

It also offers them insights and tools to analyse and affect how globalisation impacts on local development and poverty alleviation in low- and middle-income countries, taking due account of the complexity of local-global interactions in the multifaceted arenas of globalisation.

Successful students are able to recognise the opportunities presented by globalisation, and to assess and remedy the risks and threats entailed. Moreover, they are able to identify and evaluate policy and programme interventions to exploit opportunities for more effective local and national development in the evolving global context, as well as identify and evaluate development interventions aimed at remedying the adverse effects of globalisation on development in general and on the poorer and weaker groups in society in particular, thereby strengthening the agency of the latter.


Applicants from the South are eligible to apply for the programme provided they:

hold one or more university degrees of at least four years of combined study in the social sciences (Economics, Political Science, Sociology, International Relations, or related disciplines) with good study results. Applicants with a University degree of only 3 years of study may very exceptionally be admitted, provided they have successfully completed additional high-level training and can demonstrate very strong and relevant professional experience; have at least two years of professional experience in a sector relevant to the programme.

Applicants from developed countries are eligible to apply for the programme provided they:

hold a Masters degree in the Social Sciences (Economics, Political Science, Sociology, International Relations, or related disciplines) with good study results; demonstrate a proven interest in development issues. Applicants must be proficient in English. Special language 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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