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EU code
14.8 - Development Studies
2 - Master
University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Development Studies
Master International Development Studies – Initial Master (degree programme)
Language requirements
All 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. This may be based on a TOEFL (minimum score: 88 internet test, 230 computer test, 570 paper test), IELTS (minimum score: 6.5), or Cambridge Examination (minimum scores: CAE B, CPE C)
Academic requirements
Applicants should have an academic bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) in a field of Social Sciences or Economics, with at least 30 EC (European Credits) of International Development Studies courses in their previous studies (a bachelor's degree from a University outside the Netherlands should be valued at three years of Dutch University education); prior training in research methods and skills (including statistical analysis) in the social sciences of at least 30 EC.
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Current globalisation processes have interconnected countries, companies and people in a completely new way, and the classic division between the developed and the developing world no longer holds true. The Master in International Development Studies 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: * poverty and resilience * globalisation * health and education * transnationalism * (urban) governance * sustainable development * community-based natural resource management. Interdisciplinary and problem-oriented training equips students with the academic skills they will need. In addition to academic skills, students also develop much-needed professional skills.
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12 months between Sep 1 2010 and Aug 31 2011
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Additional information
Available field for target 1, 2, 3 applicants. Before submitting an EMECW13 application, all candidates must: 1) Read and follow the instructions specified in => 'Incoming applicants' 2) Check the instructions for this master’s application as detailed in - There you will find a description of the supplementary documents that you need to submit with your EMECW13 application in order to apply for this master. Further academic requirements: Undergraduate studies 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. About the programme: The programme consists of three core courses, one elective course and an independent research/thesis project (60 ECTS credits). The written Master's thesis will be based on an independent research project undertaken in a developing country during a short period of fieldwork.