It provides a solid understanding of the past and present aid policies of multilateral and bilateral donors, also addressing the major aid modalities and instruments deployed. The institutional characteristics of the actors involved - be they governments, community-based organisations, international NGOs, bilateral or multilateral donors - are analysed in order to attain a better understanding of processes and outcomes. The theoretical perspective is that development can be understood as a set of interlocking collective action problems. The Master programme offers methodological and practical insight into development evaluation, its relevance and challenges.
The programme offers two tracks with specific objectives and courses:
Applicants to this Master programme must show a keen interest in studying and analysing the institutional context in which development interventions take place; in M&E; the design, implementation and evaluation of local/(inter)national development interventions; the role of external actors in development.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.
All study programmes at the University of Antwerp received accredidation from NVAO (Dutch-Flemish Accreditation Organisation).
You can apply until:
Always verify the dates on the programme website.
You only need to take one of these language tests:
Minimum required score:
The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.Book IELTS
Minimum required score:
The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).
Minimum required score:
The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).
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.
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The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.
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:
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