Master of Governance and Development (M.Sc.)


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Program Description

This Master of Governance and Development analyses governance problems and possible responses, with due consideration to the specific historical pathways of individual countries, as well as the interaction between dynamics at the national/state level and the local/society level. It also addresses the impact of global developments.

Program Content

This programme is an Advanced Master in Development Studies, attracting students from all over the world. Students are introduced to multidisciplinary theoretical and practical insights that will improve their capacity to analyse governance challenges at different levels, in addition to improving the way in which they relate to processes of violent conflict and development.


The future of sustainable development is critically related to the promotion of better governance at the local, national, regional and international level. Both a cause and a consequence of governance failures, violent conflict is incompatible with sustainable development. Processes of state formation, state failure and state reconstruction play a central role in this nexus between development, governance and conflict.

The Master of Governance and Development offers two tracks with specific objectives, courses and target audiences.

  • Track 1: From violent conflict to peace and state reconstruction
  • Track 2: Local institutions and poverty reduction

The Master’s programme comprises 12 months, starting and ending mid-September, and consists of four modules.

Career Path

Most IOB students already have professional experience before studying at IOB. Our alumni survey shows that IOB graduates mostly (continue to) work in the government sector (24 %), international organisations (19 %), NGOs (13 %), higher education/research institutes (13 %). Some of the most recurrent employers among IOB graduates are within the government sector (e.g. Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Planning), national parliaments, inter/supranational organisations (e.g. United Nations, African Union, European commission, Asian/African/Inter-American Development Banks), national and international NGOs (e.g. Transparency International, Oxfam, Action Aid), higher education/research (universities, think tanks, etc.) and bilateral or multilateral donor agencies (e.g. BTC, World Bank, USAID, GTZ).

The survey also revealed that 95 % of IOB alumni felt that IOB studies had prepared them adequately for their subsequent careers. Most of them (67 %) even occupied a higher position within the organisation after studying at IOB than prior to their IOB Masters, while 28 % continued at the same level.

Additionally, IOB offers a multi-disciplinary Doctoral programme, leading to a PhD in Development Studies administered by IOB and granted by the University of Antwerp. IOB also cooperates with the Faculty of Business and Economics and the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Antwerp to offer interdisciplinary PhD programmes in the field of development.

Why choose UAntwerp?

“The programme offered me insight into the weaknesses of the states in Sub-Saharan Africa and how this tends to contribute to conflicts. I gained knowledge about analysing conflicts and what policies to adopt for the reconstruction and development after periods of violent conflict.”

Rudo Mumba Maambo Phiri | Zambia


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Last updated Mar 2020

About the School

The University of Antwerp is ranked 7th in THE Young Universities Rankings 2019: Millenial universities. It has about 20,000 students, which makes it the third-largest university in Flanders. 19% of o ... Read More

The University of Antwerp is ranked 7th in THE Young Universities Rankings 2019: Millenial universities. It has about 20,000 students, which makes it the third-largest university in Flanders. 19% of our student population comes from abroad. Read less