This programme offers students the opportunity to broaden and deepen their knowledge of international development issues and their academic and professional skills to analyse such issues. The last decade of the 20th century has shown vast changes in international development relations. Current globalisation processes have interconnected countries, companies and people in a completely new manner, and the classic division between the developed and the developing world no longer holds. Whereas 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. As a consequence of these drastic changes, development issues are no longer an issue for the classic development practitioners alone. Virtually everyone who wants to deal with international affairs or work internationally is confronted with issues such as poverty, equity, social justice, and sustainability. Much can be learned from looking at how people and countries cope and show resilience in difficult circumstances. The programme provides thorough background knowledge of contemporary theories and debates on international development, as well as more specific insights into key themes within the international development sector, such as globalisation, health and education, transnationalism, (urban) governance, sustainable development, and community-based natural resource management. It does so by offering an interdisciplinary and problem oriented training, in which students are equipped with academic skills. Alongside academic skills, students will also develop much needed professional skills.
The quality of this master's programme has been positively assessed (accredited) by the Accreditation Organisation of The Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO). This means that upon successful completion of the programme students will receive a legally recognised Master of Science (MSc) degree in International Development Studies.