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Opleidingsonderdelen 2012-2013  
Qualification awarded
In order to obtain the degree of Master of Science in Development Evaluation and Management the student
  • should be enrolled for the programme in question under a diploma contract or under an exam contract to obtain a diploma
  • should have taken all the exams that the programme encompasses
  • should previously have registered for the programme with the examination board.
  • should have acquired at least 60 ECTS-credits
The programme consists of 60 ECTS-credits.
In a model academic year, the student takes between 54 and 66 ECTS-credits.
Admission requirements

Admission through co-ordinator : academic degree of minimum 4 years (political sciences, sociology, economics, international relations...).

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 from developed countries are eligible to apply for the Master’s programmes provided they: 

  • hold a Master’s degree in the Social Sciences (Economics, Political Science, Sociology, International Relations or related disciplines) with good study results.  
  • demonstrate a proven interest in development issues. 

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. Information about this test is available at
  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System): minimum score of 6.0. Information about this test is available at

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. The cost of this language course is borne by the Institute.

Objectives and learning outcomes
The Master’s in Development Evaluation and Management focuses on the efforts made by a wide range of public and private actors to promote development in low-income countries. It provides a solid understanding of past and present aid policies of multilateral and bilateral donors, and of the major aid modalities and instruments deployed. The institutional characteristics of the actors involved – be they governments, community-based organisations, international NGOs, bilateral or multilateral donors – are analysed so as to attain a better understanding of processes and outcomes. The theoretical perspective is that development can be understood as a set of interlocking collective action problems, on both the recipient and the donor side. The Master’s programme offers methodological and practical insights into development evaluation, its relevance and challenges. The Master’s will improve the students’ capacity to assess the strengths and weaknesses of the prevailing aid paradigms and the changing approaches to aid. Students will learn to appreciate the importance of different institutional arenas, and how they work and interact. They will be familiarised with multidisciplinary analytical tools that will improve their capacity to analyse the interactions and contribute to an enhanced conceptualisation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of development  policies and programmes.
Final examination
A student’s final result is a weighted average of the exam results the student has obtained for all the programme components of his/her training programme. In calculating the final result, the credits corresponding to the various programme components are used for weighting the results obtained for those components.

The final result is expressed as an integer out of 100.

A student whose final result is less than 50 out of 100 can never be declared successful.

A student is successful for the training programme if he/she has obtained credits for all the programme components in his/her training programme. 
For more information see the Education and Examination regulation.