• Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration
  • English
    Language
CADES is an international and interdisciplinary Advanced Master’s programme in Cultural Anthropology and Development Studies hosted by the anthropology research centres at the Faculty of Social Sciences at the KU Leuven.

About

It offers students a large international and interdisciplinary platform to deal with development issues from an anthropological perspective.

What is the Master of Cultures and Development Studies all about? 

The Master of Cultural Anthropology and Development Studies (CADES) at KU Leuven aims to enhance the multidisciplinary and intercultural expertise and skills of students and professionals involved in or interested in advisory, policy or educational assignments in the international and development sectors. Rooted in contemporary social and cultural anthropology, the programme draws on various disciplines and fields of study and deploys a wealth of relevant perspectives. Its approach builds on current insights into the complex dynamics of on-going economic and informational globalisation and the development of multiple modernities, inter alia. 

Objectives:

The aim of the programme is to increase the student's interdisciplinary and intercultural expertise with a view to fulfilling advisory, policy-making and educational functions within international and/or intercultural development and cooperation. This is achieved by providing them with conceptual and practical experience in the processes of information transmission, international cooperation, globalization and cultural assertiveness. The programme places the accent on anthropology, but is relevant to various academic disciplines.

By the end of the programme, the student will have acquired:

- knowledge and understanding of the scholarly framework in which intercultural problems can be clarified with respect to various academic and social themes;

- skill in the analysis of practical and theoretical problems from an intercultural perspective; setting up, executing and evaluating research projects; drafting diagnoses, plans and recommendations; use and/or design of instruments for the optimization of situations in practical situations; critical reflection on the content of practical interventions; linking theoretical concepts to practical acts; guiding and developing innovations;

- the skills necessary for adequate communication and reporting.

Career paths

CADES offers students a broad international and interdisciplinary background with which to confront developmental issues from an anthropological perspective. Graduates find employment in:

  • international organisations
  • development cooperation
  • education
  • social and medical services

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Culture, Ecology and Development
  • Development: Actors and Paradigms
  • Economic Anthropology
  • Political Anthropology 
  • Social and 
  • and Theories 
  • Anthropology of Religion 
  • Ethppypphic Fieldwork: Exemp!ary Research 
  • Current Issues in Social and Cultural Anthropology 

              Audience

              Ideal prospective students have an interest in advocacy, policy or educational assignments in the international and/or intercultural cooperation context. They are interested in anthropological and cultural-specific views on sustainable development and opt for an interdisciplinary academic preparation towards a better understanding of development paradigms.

              Detailed Programme Facts

              English Language Requirements

              This programme requires students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

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              Academic Requirements

              • Applicants should be holders of a master's degree. The board of admission will assess the equivalence of a four years bachelor's degree on a case-by-case basis. 
              • Applicants should have outstanding academic results. Relevant professional experience is an asset. Sufficient knowledge of English is a pre-requisite and must be proved by a TOEFL- or IELTS-test.
              • All applicants are invited to submit an application file. 

              Tuition Fee

              • International Applies to you

                1750 EUR/year
                Tuition Fee
                Based on the original amount of 1750 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.
              • EU/EEA Applies to you

                1750 EUR/year
                Tuition Fee
                Based on the original amount of 1750 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.
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              Living costs for Leuven

              870 - 1300 EUR/month
              Living Costs

              The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

              Funding

              Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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