Master of Science in Globalisation and Development , Belgium

Країна: Бельгія;

Дедлайн: 01.02.2012


Додаткові умови: 10 scholarships that cover the full costs related to the program


Universiteit Antwerpen, Belgium

Scholarship / Financial aid: 10 scholarships that cover the full costs related to the program

Date: September 2012 - September 2013

Deadline: 1 February 2012

Open to: applicants from developing countries

Programme content

The Master’s in 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, both at the national and the local level.

Most of our students are engaged (or aspire to becoming engaged) in development policy work, professionally and/or as researchers. The objective of the Master’s is to provide them with a solid understanding of the globalisation phenomenon in its multiple dimensions (worldwide markets for goods and services, capital and labour/migration, the planetary challenge of the environment and sustainable development). It also offers them insights and tools to analyse and affect how globalisation impacts on local development and poverty alleviation in low and middle-income countries, taking due account of the complexity of local-global interactions in the multifaceted arenas of globalisation. Successful students are able to recognise the opportunities presented by globalisation, and to assess and remedy the risks and threats entailed. Moreover, they are able to identify and evaluate policy and programme interventions to exploit opportunities for more effective local and national development in the evolving global context, as well as identify and evaluate development interventions aimed at remedying the adverse effects of globalisation on development in general and on the poorer and weaker groups in society in particular, thereby strengthening the agency of the latter.


The Master’s programme focuses on the analysis of the interaction between external and local actors, at the interface of global and local development processes, in order to identify the changing opportunities for and constraints to beneficial institutional change for inclusive, sustainable development and poverty reduction. It conceptualises political and economic development as the outcome of interactions between a conditioning institutional environment and the agency of international, national and local actors. In this context, special attention is paid to the way in which these interactions produce either inequality and poverty or well-being. The programme focuses in part on micro-level institutions and processes, and how these condition the effectiveness, at the local level, of development efforts aimed at exploiting the opportunities raised by globalisation and/or at remedying its adverse effects on the poorer and weaker groups in society. Students are offered a choice of policy domains for a more indepth treatment of specific policy challenges at the local/global interface.

The programme is intended for participants who have work experience in local, regional and/or national government institutions, at research institutes or universities, or in local NGOs, advocacy or entrepreneurial associations, and in international organisations (e.g. with international NGOs, bilateral and multilateral institutions). The candidates are actively involved in development or poverty-reduction initiatives, in micro or meso-level projects and programmes, and/or in macro-level policymaking. Professionally, the candidates hold middle or higher management or policy (research) positions entailing at least some experience at the interface between different policy levels (international to local, national to international) or between different arenas (e.g. civil society-government, government-international forums and institutions, INGOs-national NGO, etc).

Admission requirements


Applicants from developing countries are eligible to apply for the Master’s programmes provided they:
- hold one or more university degrees of at least four years of combined study in the Social Sciences (Economics, Political Science, Sociology, International Relations or related disciplines) with good study results. Applicants with a university degree of only three years of study may very exceptionally be admitted, provided they have successfully completed additional high-level training and can demonstrate very strong and relevant professional experience.
- have at least two years of professional experience in a sector relevant to the programme.
Applicants must be proficient in English. Those who have received a university education in English must provide an official certificate confirming this. Other applicants must submit one of the following test results:
- TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language): minimum score of 550 for paper-based test or 79 for Internet-based test.
- IELTS (International English Language Testing System): minimum score of 6.0.

Special facilities are offered for students from other language backgrounds (in particular for French speaking students). Students with paper-based TOEFL scores between 500 and 550 (or Internet-based TOEFL score between 61 and 79) or IELTS scores between 5.0 and 6.0 may thus be admitted provided they successfully complete a two-month intensive language course organised by the University of Antwerp before the start of the Master’s programme.