International Development Studies focuses on countries in the global South, and the challenges they face while integrating in an increasingly globalised world.
International Development Studies focuses on global development issues. In an increasingly interconnected world, several cities and regions have successfully adjusted to the processes of economic globalisation and show high growth rates; simultaneously, processes of impoverishment and exclusion occur all over the world, both in the North and South. Virtually everyone who wants to deal with international affairs or who would like to work internationally is confronted with issues such as poverty, equity, social justice and sustainability. During this programme you will look at these issues at multiple levels in both rural and urban contexts. The Master's programme in International Development Studies is an interdisciplinary programme in terms of content, its staff and the students participating in it. The programme provides you with a strong background in contemporary theories and debates in international development, as well as insights into more specific themes. You will have the opportunity to specialise in, for example: * the role of education in development, * economics, * natural resources and environmental concerns, * urbanisation and urban inequalities.
Accredited by: NVAO in: Netherlands
Students can start this programme either in September or in February. The set-up of the programme is the same at both starting dates; only the electives on offer may be different.
The programme (60 ECTS credits) starts with a comprehensive core course that discusses the theoretical foundations of International Development Studies, topical debates in the field of IDS and its applications in policy and practice. Furthermore, students follow a course in mixed methods & research methodology, preparing them for fieldwork in a developing country, and one elective course. Next to this, a one week intensive policy and practice seminar will acquaint students with the professional practice of International Cooperation.
The second semester comprises of fieldwork and thesis writing, the latter supported by a number of thesis seminars. The written Master's thesis will be based on an independent research project undertaken in a developing country during a short period of fieldwork.
Fulfilment of all the requirements should take one year of full-time study. Students who have to complete a preparatory programme will need one and a half year.
For students interested in developing additional research skills in this field, there is also a two-year research Master in International Development Studies.
The Master's thesis (24 ECTS credits) is an academic text in which theory is combined with research carried out by the student under the supervision of a faculty member. Candidates are expected to spend a period of eight to ten weeks in a developing country to carry out their fieldwork. Topics for field research and thesis will, preferably, be embedded in the GID Research Group’s three lines of research. The thesis should be between 20,000 and 25,000 words. In order to support students in the thesis writing process, regular thesis seminars are offered.
The Master’s programme in International Development Studies welcomes both Dutch and international students who seek to study international development issues in an interdisciplinary programme and to join an intellectual community known for its open and critical view towards global concerns. The programme is high level and demanding, and we expect you to devote full attention to your studies during the entire year.
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You need the following GPA score:
Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of 3 or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).
Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).
Additional subject: Applicants are expected to have a solid basis in the field of social sciences and development studies of at least (an equivalent of) 30 ECTS earned during previous study.
Grade average: Study results obtained in previous education should demonstrate that a student is able to attain and maintain a good to excellent level, especially in the fields of international development studies and social sciences research methodology. Undergraduate studies should be completed with an overall grade average of at least a B/3.0 (American system), second class, lower division Honours degree (British system), C (ECTS system), 7.0 (Dutch system) or equivalent.
Grade list: All applicants are required to submit official transcripts of each higher education institute attended, listing all courses and examinations already completed and currently enrolled in, and grades and credits obtained.
Knowledge minimum: Applicants should have a solid basis in both qualitative and quantitative social sciences research methodology reflected by the completion of at least (an equivalent of) 20 ECTS during previous study. Experience with the following research methods skills is required: * Make a solid research design * Understand advantages and disadvantages of different research methods and a mixed methods approach * Develop and apply a (simple) survey * Interpret the results of a survey with a statistical package * Be able to do statistical analysis, preferably with SPSS or similar software programme * Conduct an interview * Analyse the results of an interview Promising candidates with slightly less than 20 ECTS of social sciences research methodology may be admitted provided that they complete an intensive research methodology module (in the four weeks prior to the Master's programme) offered by the Graduate School of Social Sciences. Please note that this is up to the admissions committee to decide.
Language test: All nonÂnative speakers of English (including Dutch students) applying to one of the English taught programmes offered by the Graduate School of Social Sciences, are required to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. All students must be able to read textbooks, understand lectures, take part in classroom discussions and undertake written work in English. Applicants who are nationals of or who have obtained their Bachelor's degree in countries other than the United States, Australia, United Kingdom, Canada, Ireland or New Zealand are required to submit an English test score that meets specific requirements. Inability to do so will disqualify you from enrolment.
Previous education: The Master's programme in International Development Studies seeks students with an academic Bachelor's degree (or equivalent) in the field of international development studies (ontwikkelingsstudies) or another closely related social sciences discipline.
Written request: All applicants are required to submit a statement of motivation.
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