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.

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.


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.

English Language Requirements

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



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

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