Globalisation and Development, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
  • English (book IELTS)
University rank #201 (ARWU) ,
The Master of 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, at both the national and local levels.


Applicants to this Master must show a keen interest in challenges for poverty reduction and sustainability related to economic and financial globalization, mobility and migration, value chains and/or climate change and environmental crises.

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. 

The objective of the Master programme is to provide students with a solid understanding of the globalisation phenomenon in all of its dimensions (worldwide markets for goods and services, capital and labour/migration, the planetary challenge of the environment and sustainable development). It also offers insights and tools with which to analyse and affect the impact of globalisation on local development and poverty alleviation in low- and middle-income countries. As such due consideration is given to the complexity of local-global interactions in the multifaceted arenas of globalisation.

This Master offers only one track: Global opportunities for local development. This track focuses on the analysis of the interaction between external and local actors at the interface of global and local development processes.


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

Programme Structure

Courses Included:

  • Theories of development
  • Research Methods I
  • Research Methods II
  • Globalisation and Development
  • Local institutions and poverty reduction
  • Dissertation

          Detailed Programme Facts

          • Programme intensity Full-time
            • Full-time duration 12 months
          • Credits
            60 ECTS
          • Languages
            • English
          • Delivery mode
            On Campus

          English Language Requirements

          You only need to take one of these language tests:

          • Minimum required score:


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          Academic Requirements

          • Applicants must hold a Master degree or five years bachelor degree in development studies or related disciplines (economics, political science, sociology, international relations, etc.), with good study results.
          • Applicants with a Bachelor degree of four years of study can be admitted in case of demonstrable equivalence with a Master degree (e.g. on the basis of the programme’s curriculum, successful attendance of relevant additional academic courses/trainings and/or relevant professional experience).
          • Applicants with only a Bachelor’s degree of three years of study will not be admitted to the Advanced Master programmes.
          For more information, please visit programme website.

          Tuition Fee

          • International Applies to you

            1000 EUR/year
            Tuition Fee
            Based on the original amount of 1000 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.
          • EU/EEA Applies to you

            1000 EUR/year
            Tuition Fee
            Based on the original amount of 1000 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.
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          Living costs for Antwerpen

          • 787 - 1230 EUR/month
            Living Costs

          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: 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.

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