Master of Cultural Anthropology and Development Studies (Leuven)

General

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Program Description

The advanced Master of Cultural Anthropology and Development Studies (CADES) brings together students and professionals from all over the world, involved in consultancy, policy, education, and research in the international development sector. It offers you a large international and interdisciplinary platform to deal with development issues from an anthropological perspective.

What is the Master of Cultures and Development Studies all about? 

This program is rooted in contemporary social and cultural anthropology. It draws both on research conducted at the Institute for Anthropological Research in Africa (IARA) and the Interculturalism, Migration, and Minority Research Centre (IMMRC) and welcomes a variety of perspectives to enhance students’ multi-disciplinary and intercultural expertise and skills. You can choose elective courses from the following disciplines and thematic specializations:

  • architecture and urban planning
  • economics
  • gender studies
  • post-colonial theory
  • comparative religion
  • agriculture and engineering
  • education
  • politics
  • psychology
  • philosophy

International

During the program, students have the opportunity to carry out an internship and acquire international experience. The internship can be included in the curriculum provided that it covers at least 6 weeks and starts after classes have finished (end of June). Students taking up the internship can only complete the CADES program after 1 and a half years.

Is this the right program for me?

  • You have an interest in advocacy, policy or educational assignments in the international and/or intercultural cooperation context. 
  • You are interested in anthropological and cultural-specific views on sustainable development and opt for an interdisciplinary academic preparation towards a better understanding of development paradigms.

Career opportunities

As a holder of a CADES degree, you have a scientific, critical, and culture-sensitive understanding of development. You are able to relate domain-specific knowledge in the constantly evolving North-South debate and in organizations that defend, project or evaluate collective and cultural interests, expectations and movements. You will have the tools to understand and deal with development from the viewpoint of local realities, cultures and knowledge systems. 

You may work as

  • policy-maker;
  • project leader;
  • consultant in NGO's;
  • international organizations;
  • bilateral development co-operation;
  • migration or;
  • minority organizations; 
  • or take up a position in education;
  • social and medical services;
  • think tanks;
  • international relations;
  • enterprises;
  • or research.

Start your career, during your studies

During your bachelor's and master's program you can already shape your own profile by choosing a certain specialization, studying abroad (Erasmus), doing a work placement, or starting your own business.

The Student Career Center is happy to put you on the right track towards your first work experience. The center also coaches you in the search for an interesting job and helps you with job interviews. For students wanting to start their own business KU Leuven also has Lcie, the KU Leuven community that encourages students with innovative and entrepreneurial ideas.

Don’t know where to start? The Student Career Center's databases contain offers for jobs, volunteer work, innovation projects, and student jobs. You can also visit one of the events organized by the Career Center.

Last updated Mar 2020

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