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This Master´s Degree has been educating and training professionals in Development Cooperation for 17 years
The Master's Degree in International Development Cooperation has been taught at the University Institute of Studies on Migration (“IUEM”) for 17 years. Throughout this period of time, the IUEM has trained highly qualified professionals to carry out their professional career in the field of International Development Cooperation.
This Official Master's Degree in International Development Cooperation, which is multidisciplinary and develops professionals skills, also offers an initiation to research, providing access to the Doctoral Degree in International Cooperation. In any case, with this degree you will acquire the necessary skills to work in national and international organizations, both public and private, NGO’s and NGDO’s. Currently, our graduates occupy positions of responsibility in a large number of these International Development Cooperation agencies.
With this Master’s Degree, you can will be able to carry out internships in Chile, Peru, Kenya and Cameroon
Comprehensive education and training of students is completed by providing the opportunity for them carry out internships in public or private organizations, allowing them to make contact with the real world of International Cooperation and Development Aid. The students of this Master's Degree will also have the possibility of carrying out these internships, by requesting experiences as summer volunteers in Peru and Kenya. For former students, this includes the possibility of requesting internships in Chile, Peru and Cameroon.
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The methodology of the practical cases gives you the opportunity to research and to investigate in depth, in a very illustrative manner, and adapted to the different global real-world situations, in their different aspects, both in socio-political, economic, cultural, and psychological areas as well as in the legal realm.
Studying for the Master's Degree in International Development Cooperation provided me with a broader and more mature vision to face and better understand the challenges of International Cooperation and what I could do in this area.
When I think of the 4000 Rohingya families that we relocated, I feel fulfilled.
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“With this Master's Degree, you will be an expert in Development and Cooperation, in high demand at organizations”
Alberto Ares Director of the IUEM
- Register online admission portal.
- Fill out the application to file and download the online admission test.
- Deliver documentation, online admission test and the application printed and signed by hand or by mail / courier in the Service of Academic Titles and General Secretariat of the Universidad Pontificia Comillas Management. C / Alberto Aguilera, 23 28015 Madrid.
- Study phase: upon receipt of the application and documentation, candidates will proceed to the stage: "Study of the application".
- Communication from the resolution: the resolution on the admission shall be communicated to interested besides mail sent to email indicated in the petition. The candidate may also track the status of their application through the Admissions Portal.
Information notice on the documents to be submitted.
The admission criteria and their weight in the set of requirements are:
- Academic record 30%
- Interview (which will carried out via an online survey which is downloaded from the admissions portal); and cover letter in which the reasons are stated as to why the candidate wishes to access the master in international development cooperation. Said documents have a total weighting of 40%.
- Command of the Spanish language. A certificate proving at least a B1 level in English is required. Should the candidate not have such certificate, a level test will be requested 10%.
- Previous experience in the field of cooperation 20%.
Admission on to the master is competitive. In each case an average of at least 7 of the 10 points of the weighting is required.
Personalized attention for students with special needs:
If students interested in enrolling in this degree have any type of physical disability, they may request information and individualized support from the Program of Attention to Students with Disabilities, available at the Social Work Unit. Support Program for Students with Disabilities
Applicant Profile/Requirements and Documentation
This Master's program is intended for a variety of university graduates wishing to gain further professional expertise or improve their level of specialization in the field of international development cooperation through a high-quality program in the field.
This Master's program focuses on expanding professional skills as well as initiating the students in the field of research and, where applicable, enabling them to be admitted to the specific doctorate program in the field.
- Possession of a Bachelor degree or equivalent.
- Have a good academic record.
- Previous professional experience in international migration will be assessed.
- Knowing at least one other language, preferably English.
|Humanitarian aid||2.4 ECTS|
|Design, monitoring and evaluation of cooperation projects||3.2 ECTS|
|The international cooperation system||4.0 ECTS|
|Development approaches||5.0 ECTS|
|Ethics of international and development cooperation||3.0 ECTS|
|Organisation management and development cooperation programmes||3.6 ECTS|
|Professional Skills||2.0 ECTS|
|Migration and development cooperation||2.4 ECTS|
|Sustainable development objectives||5.0 ECTS|
|Development cooperation programmes in the field of education||2.4 ECTS|
|Vulnerable subjects||3.0 ECTS|
|ELECTIVES: PATHS (choose one)|
|Communication and advocacy||8.0 ECTS|
|Economy for Development||8.0 ECTS|
|External Internship||6.0 ECTS|
|FINAL MASTER'S DEGREE PROJECT|
|Final Master´s Degree Project||10.0 ECTS|
CG 01. Acquiring knowledge in various fields of study based on reading of advanced materials and from areas of knowledge at the forefront of the field.
CG 02. Being able to apply their knowledge to their work in a professional manner and displaying mastery of the skills normally acquired through the creation and defense of arguments, and problem-solving within their field of study.
CG 03. Being able to summarize and analyze relevant data so as to issue opinions involving a personal reflection on pertinent social, scientific or ethical topics.
CG 04. Developing critical thinking.
CG 05. Acquiring the ability to manage information, by employing and analyzing different sources.
CG 06. Understanding and valuing the perspectives of other cultures and customs; recognizing cultural and human diversity; appreciating its value and scope; being able to manage such cultural diversity in various professional settings.
CG 07. Using their initiative and entrepreneurial spirit as a way to contribute innovative solutions to the different social issues surrounding us.
CG 08. Being highly motivated to engage in their professional field, acting responsibly and sustainably, and always striving for a high level of quality.
CG 09. Being able to convey information, ideas, issues and solutions to both specialized and lay audiences alike.
CG 10. Successfully engaging in team work, particularly within multidisciplinary teams.
CE 01. Knowledge of basic theories of development in its economic, social, cultural, and political aspects.
CE 02. Knowledge of current international relations and the different players, official and unofficial, that comprise it.
CE 03. Developing skills to works with the main categories of vulnerable persons to which development aid programmes and actions are aimed: peasants, informal workers, women, etc.
CE 04. Knowledge of the principles and universal values, especially non-discrimination on grounds of sex, race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, political ideology, membership of a particular social group, etc.
CE 05. Understanding the international system for development aid and the different actors that are part of it.
CE 06. Knowledge of different systems, methods and basic actors in international development cooperation.
CE 07. Knowledge of the regional particularities of development and development cooperation.
CE 08. Ability to analyze the social, economic, political and cultural reality of the different societies in which the work of agents of development cooperation is contextualized.
CE 09. Analysing and understanding the global initiatives for fighting against poverty: 2030 Agenda, Millennium Goals and the alliances needed to achieve them.
CE 10. Ability to design and manage technical instruments that take a clear, accurate and current information necessary for the assessment, planning and decision-making in development cooperation projects.
CE 11. Ability to evaluate the process and the outcome of the various development cooperation projects.
CE 12. Responding to the crisis and humanitarian emergency assessing the urgency of situations and planning and developing actions to address them.
CE 13 - Ability to encourage participation of individuals and groups with which cooperation actions are developed, enabling them to identify their problems and needs, lead their change processes, assess their progress and decide new ways of acting.
CE 14 - To know in detail the main dimensions and areas of economic, social and cultural activities of international development cooperation and know how to apply and integrate them into specific projects and programs of development cooperation.
CE 15. Know the main tools and techniques in the field of education for development and capacity to develop intervention initiatives in this field.
CE 16. Know linking migration with development of countries of origin and destination.
CE 17. Know the migration of refugees and asylum seekers worldwide and different policies and actions in the field of development cooperation are made with these groups.
CE 18. Incorporate transversely in projects and development cooperation activities, the notions of sustainability and environmental and ecological sustainability.
CE 19. Ability to work in a multidisciplinary and multicultural team as an expert in international development cooperation.
CE 20. Promoting work in professional teams taking advantage of its benefits as a space for reflection and guidance of practical development cooperation and as a tool for analyzing situations and design of alternative work and intervention.
CE 21. Ability to investigate properly and with an eminently practical guidance in the field of international development cooperation.
CE 22. Ability to identify, understand and know how to use both sources and statistical techniques and tools to organize information and present selected reports, analyzes and measures on development and development cooperation.
CE 23. Ability to carry out an ethical reflection on development cooperation , and its applicability in specific contexts.
This Master responds to the needs of counting on professional experts in the different areas regarding development cooperation, and its transversal axis, which implies its application in different fields and requires specific training with a focus on human rights.
The necessary competencies will be provided so that the student can develop both their theoretical analysis as well as their field work in the area of international cooperation, which is increasing thanks to the current process of globalisation. The student will be able to work and apply the knowledge they gain into public and private national and international organisations, NGDOs and any other agents of international cooperation.
Furthermore, this Master serves as a gateway to the oficial Doctorate Program in International Migration and Development Cooperation, which is taught in the University Institute of Studies on Migration.
Not only that, but all Master students can benefit from the Universidad Pontificia Comillas Internships and Job Offers.