1. The Master can explain the evolution over time of development concepts and theories in social sciences and in particular concepts and theories relating to governance and development.
2. The Master can use these theories to analyse and explain divergences in development outcomes between countries and regions from a multidisciplinary perspective.
3. The Master is able to critically reflect upon tools and methods to analyse and conduct research, having achieved a basis in both qualitative and quantitative research whilst specializing in one of both.
4. The Master is able to process social science literature in development studies and more in particular social science literature related to governance and development, i.e. critical reading, reporting, presenting and discussing in relevant fora.
5. The Master - both in personal and in group - is able to timely produce scientifically founded (policy) documents, literature reviews, papers and dissertations.
6. The Master is able to present and to debate scientifically founded (policy) documents, literature reviews, papers and dissertations in relevant fora.
7. Within the realm of governance and development, the Master is able to explore divergent policy alternatives and to discuss these with the aim of reaching workable outcomes.
8. The Master is able to work and discuss constructively within a multicultural environment composed of people with different affective, cognitive and behavioural orientations.
9. The Master can explain the processes of state formation, state failure and state reconstruction and the role of governance structures in development.
10. The Master can identify, critically discuss and negotiate possible approaches and strategies to governance and development.
11. Depending on the chosen track the Master is able to analyse key elements of conflict, peace and state reconstruction OR is able to analyse the interactions of local actor strategies and institutional structures and their influence on inequality, poverty and well-being.