Master of Governance and Development
University of Antwerp
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The future of sustainable development is critically related to the promotion of better governance at the local, national, regional and international levels. Both a cause and a consequence of governance failures, violent conflict is incompatible with sustainable development. Processes of state formation, state failure and state reconstruction play a central role in this nexus between development, governance and conflict.
This Advanced Master analyses governance problems and possible responses with due consideration of the specific historical pathways of individual countries, as well as the interaction between dynamics at the national state level and the local society level. It also addresses the impact of global developments. Students are familiarized with multidisciplinary theoretical and practical insights that will improve their capacity to analyse governance challenges at different levels, in addition to improving the way in which they relate to processes of violent conflict and development.
The programme takes 12 months of full-time study to complete, starting and ending in mid-September.
Students in this advanced master programme choose one of the following two tracks:
- Track 1: From violent conflict to peace and state reconstructionThis track explores issues of governance and development against the background of violent conflict and the challenge of post-conflict state reconstruction. This track is intended for participants with a variety of disciplinary backgrounds who aspire to careers in conflict-prone environments or post-conflict situations, or who are interested in policy-oriented research on these topics.
- Track 2: Local governance and poverty reductionIn countries characterised by weak or fragile national structures, local decision-making plays an integral role in poverty reduction. This track addresses governance and development from the perspective of local institutions, focusing on the interaction between local, national, and transnational actors in governance processes. The track is intended for participants who are interested in research on the interface between the transnational, national and local level and/or between state and non-state development actors.
The advanced master programme culminates in a written dissertation that is defended during an oral presentation. Successful completion of the programme leads to the awarding of a Master of Science degree.
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Scholarships and Funding
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Some of the most recurrent employers among IOB graduates are within the government sector, parliaments, inter/supranational organisations, national and international NGOs, higher education/research, and bi- or multilateral donor agencies. IOB also offers a multi-disciplinary Doctoral Programme, leading to a PhD in Development Studies. To ensure quality guidance IOB adheres to a strict policy in considering and accepting applications.