Brussels School of International Studies

 

MA International Development

Key facts

 

Location: Brussels.
Duration:

  • Standard programme: One year full-time or two years part-time.
  • Extended programme: 18 months full-time or three years part-time

Start: September or January.
Fees and funding: More information.
Entry requirements: More information.
Apply online now: Kent application for graduate study.

 

 

The MA in International Development seeks to contribute to a critical understanding of contemporary issues in development and provides practical tools for a future engagement. It considers theoretical, practical and ethical issues by interrogating development discourses, objectives and effects, and by seeking to understand forms of inclusion/exclusion and intervention in societies. Some issues covered are public-private partnerships, social entrepreneurship, trade and privatization, informal economies and finance, and technological initiatives.

The MA in International Development provides students with an inter-disciplinary approach to development and allows them to specialize in their field of interest, such as development economics, development and migration, development and conflict, or human rights.

BSIS attracts an exceptionally diverse and active student body that shares an enthusiasm for engagement in global affairs. Our students come from Europe, Africa, Asia and the Americas; many have spent extended periods abroad and/or worked for development institutions, a few have just finished their undergraduate studies. An important forum is the International Development Group, which meets regularly to discuss personal experiences, debate issues in development, invite guest speakers, attend conferences and workshops, and also to organise conferences. After their studies at BSIS, our students engage in careers in international affairs, including international organizations, non-governmental organizations and international business across the globe, from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe.

The development studies program is suitable for students seeking to understand the field of international development as well as for practitioners who have already substantive experience. It provides conceptual tools and practical skills for a variety of careers in international affairs.

The aims of the MA in International Development are to:

  • Provide a postgraduate qualification of value to those intending to pursue a career in the field if international development, and detailed knowledge and a high level of understanding of a range of specialised subject areas.
  • Provide a sound knowledge and systematic understanding of the institutional structures
    and policy fields of international development;
  • Provide a degree of specialisation in areas of international development of individual
    interest from amongst the range of options that are available and which require students
    to engage with academic work which is at the frontiers of scholarship.
  • Encourage students to develop a critical awareness of the discourses and practices
    associated with the field of international development, particularly in contexts which are
    perceived to be controversial or in a state of evolution.
  • Provide students with a research-active learning environment which gives them a good
    grounding in the study of the contending approaches and issues in international
    development, and allows them to place the subject in its proper context within the broader
    field of international studies.
  • Encourage students to develop critical, analytical, communicative and problem-solving
    skills which can be applied to a wide range of contexts (transferable skills).
  • Develop skills in the written presentation of arguments in a manner which meets
    relevant academic conventions.
  • Contribute to widening participation in higher education by taking account of past
    experience of applicants in determining admissions whilst ensuring that all students that
    are admitted possess the potential to complete the programme successfully.
  • Develop students' general research skills and personal skills (transferable skills), in
    particular through a substantial dissertation.
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Programme Structure:

The MA in International Development is offered in both the Standard (90 ECTS credits) and the Extended version (120 ECTS credits) and in each case students may take the programme with or without a secondary specialisation.

MA in International Development:

To be awarded an MA in International Development in the standard version (90 ECTS), students must take:
Three modules from the following; modules marked with * are compulsory.

and:

Either - a further three modules from the full list of modules offered at the school - see here. 
Or
 - if the student wishes to take a secondary specialisation, a further three modules as detailed below.

with EU External Relations

Students wishing to take this secondary specialisation must take two modules from the list below; at least one of the modules marked with * is compulsory.

Modules
PO814 European Foreign and Security Policy*
LW916 EU International Relations Law*
PO949 EU Politics and Governance
PO948 Europe and Global Change
PO924 Foreign Policy Analysis
PO932 International Relations Theory

and one module from the full list of modules offered at the school - see here

 

with Foreign Policy

Students wishing to take this secondary specialisation must take two modules from the list below; at least one of the modules marked with * is compulsory.

and one module from the full list of modules offered at the school - see here

with Human Rights Law

Students wishing to take this secondary specialisation must take two modules from the list below; at least one of the modules marked with * is compulsory.

Modules
LW843 International Human Rights Law*
LW846 International Criminal Law
LW861 Law of Armed Conflict
LW832 EU Migration Law
LW900 Critical International Migration Law
LW912 Transitional Justice and Rule of Law Programming

and one module from the full list of modules offered at the school - see here

 

with International Conflict and Security

Students wishing to take this secondary specialisation must take two modules from the list below; at least one of the modules marked with * is compulsory.

Modules
PO933 Theories of Conflict and Violence*
PO934 Conflict and Security*
PO944 Gender in Conflicts, Development and Migration
PO925 Histories of International Conflict
PO848 Negotiation and Mediation
LW861 Law of Armed Conflict

and one module from the full list of modules offered at the school - see here

 

with International Law

Students wishing to take this secondary specialisation must take two modules from the list below; at least one of the modules marked with * is compulsory.

Modules
LW844 Legal Aspects of Contemporary International Problems*
LW901 International Diplomatic Law
LW883 International Law of the Sea
LW898 International Trade Law
PO901 International Relations Theory for Lawyers
LW814 Public International Law

and one module from the full list of modules offered at the school - see here

 

with International Migration

Students wishing to take this secondary specialisation must take two modules from the list below; at least one of the modules marked with * is compulsory.

Modules
PO941 Migration: Conflict, the State and Human Rights*
PO940 Theories of Migration, Integration and Citizenship*
PO939 Identity, State and Belonging
PO955 Human Security in Forced Migration
PO930 Security and Liberties
LW900 Crtical International Migration Law

and one module from the full list of modules offered at the school - see here

 

with International Political Economy

Students wishing to take this secondary specialisation must take two modules from the list below; at least one of the modules marked with * is compulsory.

Modules
PO881 State, Market and Society*
PO846 International Political Economy*
LW899 Corporate Governance
EC877 International Economics
PO904 Politics of International Development
LW859 International Economic Regulation

and one module from the full list of modules offered at the school - see here

 

with International Relations

Students wishing to take this secondary specialisation must take two modules from the list below; at least one of the modules marked with * is compulsory.

Modules
PO932 International Relations Theory*
PO924 Foreign Policy Analysis
PO935 Global Governance and International Organisation
PO846 International Political Economy
EC877 International Economics
LW844 Legal Aspects of Contemporary International Problems

and one module from the full list of modules offered at the school - see here

 

with Political Strategy and Communication

Students wishing to take this secondary specialisation must take two modules from the list below; at least one of the modules marked with * is compulsory.

Modules
PO868 Political Communication*
PO903 Political Strategy*
PO848 Negotiation and Mediation
PO924 Foreign Policy Analysis
LW901 International Diplomatic Law

and one module from the full list of modules offered at the school - see here

 

And submit a dissertation on a topic in International Development. All students must also complete the methodology module "Fundamentals, Dissertation and Research".

Students on this programme may not take more than three law modules.

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MA in International Development - Extended Programme:

To be awarded an MA in International Development in the extended version (120 ECTS), students must take:
Four modules from the following; modules marked with * are compulsory

and 

Either - a further five modules from the full list of modules offered at the school - see here
Or
 - if the student wishes to take a secondary specialisation, a further five modules as detailed below:

with EU External Relations

Students wishing to take this secondary specialisation must take three modules from the list below; at least one of the modules marked with * are compulsory.

Modules
PO814 European Foreign and Security Policy*
LW916 EU International Relations Law*
PO949 EU Politics and Governance
PO948 Europe and Global Change
PO924 Foreign Policy Analysis
PO932 International Relations Theory

and two modules from the full list of modules offered at the school - see here

 

with Foreign Policy

Students wishing to take this secondary specialisation must take three modules from the list below; at least one of the modules marked with * are compulsory.

and two modules from the full list of modules offered at the school - see here

with Human Rights Law

Students wishing to take this secondary specialisation must take three modules from the list below; at least one of the modules marked with * are compulsory.

Modules
LW843 International Human Rights Law*
LW846 International Criminal Law
LW861 Law of Armed Conflict
LW832 EU Migration Law
LW900 Critical International Migration Law
LW912 Transitional Justice and Rule of Law Programming

and two modules from the full list of modules offered at the school - see here

 

with International Conflict and Security

Students wishing to take this secondary specialisation must take three modules from the list below; at least one of the modules marked with * are compulsory.

Modules
PO933 Theories of Conflict and Violence*
PO934 Conflict and Security*
PO944 Gender in Conflicts, Development and Migration
PO925 Histories of International Conflict
PO848 Negotiation and Mediation
LW861 Law of Armed Conflict

and two modules from the full list of modules offered at the school - see here

 

with International Law

Students wishing to take this secondary specialisation must take three modules from the list below; at least one of the modules marked with * are compulsory.

Modules
LW844 Legal Aspects of Contemporary International Problems*
LW901 International Diplomatic Law
LW883 International Law of the Sea
LW898 International Trade Law
PO901 International Relations Theory for Lawyers
LW814 Public International Law

and two modules from the full list of modules offered at the school - see here

 

with International Migration

Students wishing to take this secondary specialisation must take three modules from the list below; at least one of the modules marked with * are compulsory.

Modules
PO941 Migration: Conflict, the State and Human Rights*
PO940 Theories of Migration, Integration and Citizenship*
PO939 Identity, State and Belonging
PO955 Human Security in Forced Migration
PO930 Security and Liberties
LW900 Critical International Migration Law

and two modules from the full list of modules offered at the school - see here

 

with International Political Economy

Students wishing to take this secondary specialisation must take three modules from the list below; at least one of the modules marked with * are compulsory.

Modules
PO881 State, Market and Society*
PO846 International Political Economy*
LW899 Corporate Governance
EC877 International Economics
PO904 Politics of International Development
LW859 International Economic Regulation

and two modules from the full list of modules offered at the school - see here

 

with International Relations

Students wishing to take this secondary specialisation must take three modules from the list below; at least one of the modules marked with * are compulsory.

Modules
PO932 International Relations Theory*
PO924 Foreign Policy Analysis
PO935 Global Governance and International Organisation
PO846 International Political Economy
EC877 International Economics
LW844 Legal Aspects of Contemporary International Problems

and two modules from the full list of modules offered at the school - see here

 

with Political Strategy and Communication

Students wishing to take this secondary specialisation must take three modules from the list below; at least one of the modules marked with * are compulsory.

Modules
PO868 Political Communication*
PO903 Political Strategy*
PO848 Negotiation and Mediation
PO924 Foreign Policy Analysis
LW901 International Diplomatic Law

and two modules from the full list of modules offered at the school - see here

 

And submit a dissertation on a topic in International Development. All students must also complete the methodology module "Fundamentals, Dissertation and Research".

Students on this programme may not take more than four law modules

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This information is correct at the time of publication but subject to minor changes.

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Name Alazne Irigoien
Email ida2@kent.ac.uk
Programme International Development
alazne

Hi, my name is Alazne Irigoien and I am enrolled in the International Development Master. After finishing my Bachelor’s in Law and Political Science, I worked in an international legal NGO based in Spain and at the United Nations headquarters in Geneva as human rights consultant. I chose this Master program because it links my interest fields, human rights, development, and gender. The International Development Master is, without doubt, providing me new views and approaches to the many topics of international development. I am sure that it will strengthen your critical thinking and challenge you in many ways. If you have any question, I will be happy to answer and give you an insider opinion and advice.

 

 

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