The world is rapidly changing, and so is development studies. While the international donor community is engaged in discussions about a post-MDG (Millennium Development Goals) agenda to guide long-term development policies and end global poverty, there are new concerns about global food security, climate change, energy crises, and financial crises.
At the same time, Africa, Asia and Latin America are experiencing rapid transformations, turning traditional North-South relations upside down. Giants like India and China are strengthening their role in international development cooperation. These ‘new’ donors emphasise that ‘South-South cooperation’ is different from the Western notion of donors helping clients. While development has been traditionally defined by the donor community in the North, governments in Africa, Asia and Latin America come up with their own versions of ‘development’.
Over the past decade, the number of actors active in the development domain has multiplied. In addition to the traditional donors, new ‘players’ have entered the scene, including foundations and diaspora-organisations. Furthermore individual migrants and socially-engaged entrepreneurs are acknowledging their responsibility for acting to benefit society at large, taking responsibility for the social and environmental impacts of production activities and/or consumption.
The multidisciplinary Master's programme in International Development Studies addresses the current development challenges and engages with these current, urgent and highly important issues. In particular, the programme focuses on topics surrounding migration/mobilities, climate change, land governance, urbanisation and corporate social responsibility. You will study in an international environment, with peers and staff from diverse disciplinary and cultural backgrounds. A research-oriented internship abroad is a core component of the programme. International Development Studies takes prides in its large, expanding, and active alumni and friends network.
Upon completion of the International Development Studies programme at Utrecht University you will have acquired theoretical, methodological and practical competency. These skills will be useful for your career in further academic research, development policy and practice sector, as well as other work fields. You will gain an understanding of world affairs and international experiences as well as analytical, communication and project implementation skills.
You can apply until:
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You only need to take one of these language tests:
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You have an (inter)national academic Bachelor degree in Human Geography and Planning; or one of the following: Social Sciences, Economics, Management and Organizational Sciences, Humanities and Law. Students should have demonstrable knowledge of issues related to International Development Studies.
Proof of your proficiency in English (CAE- Level B, CPC- Grade C).
Scholarships, fellowships, and grants offered by Utrecht University, the Dutch government, and other organisations can help fund your studies at the university. Please note that the scholarship options for programmes starting in February are limited.
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