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.
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.
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.
The objective of the Master’s 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 Master’s 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.
No work experience is required.
All study programmes at the University of Antwerp received accredidation from NVAO (Dutch-Flemish Accreditation Organisation).
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