Institute of Development Policy

Advanced Master programmes in Development studies at IOB

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Why study at IOB?

More relevant than ever

  • Are you interested in migration, human rights, conflict, poverty and inequality in the world?
  • Are you conscious of globalization and climate change?
  • Do you want to contribute to development on a local or global level?

The Institute of Development Policy (IOB) offers high level education for students with the ambition to make a difference.

With this knowledge, ideas and skills, IOB stimulates you to become a change agent.

International and multicultural

  • IOB welcomes students of no less than 30 nationalities from a variety of academic and professional backgrounds.
  • Even students without work experience, interested in development cooperation or looking for a career in international organizations are very welcome.
  • Such a mixed group creates a unique learning environment.

Research internship or fieldwork 

  • You will learn from each other's (work) experiences and international diversity will be actively explored.
  • We also offer the possibility to do a research internship at one of our partner universities (Nicaragua, Tanzania, Philippines) or to do 'fieldwork' for your thesis in the South. 

Life after IOB

  • IOB graduates can be found among crucial (inter)national development actors, both in research and in international organisations, NGOs and the government.

Some quotes

  • IOB has taught me to look at development issues from a non-European perspective, and that we as Europeans are not the ones who get to decide what a problem is and how it should be fixed.
  • I loved being brought together with so many interesting people from different backgrounds, ages and cultures.
  • I had a glorious learning experience at IOB. I value the flexible, excellent quality, and intercultural learning environment.

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