Official Master's Degree in International Development Cooperation

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From January 11 to
September 20, 2021

50 places available

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1 year / 60 ECTS

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“You will be able to work in positions of responsibility in international organizations”

What is the Master's Degree in International Development Cooperation?

The University Institute of Studies on Migration (“IUEM”) organizes this master's degree since 1997. 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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“With this Master's Degree, you will be an expert in Development and Cooperation, in high demand at organizations”

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Admissions Process


Admission process:
- 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.

Admission criteria:
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.

Responsible for the admission process: Director and academic coordinator of the master's degree.

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


Important Dates


Admission application filing period:
From January 11 to September 20, 2021

Information Sessions:
You may consult the dates for the next Information Sessions HERE

Watch our May 27, 2021 Master Class:

Classes begin on: September 22, 2021


Applicant Profile/Requirements and Documentation


Candidate profile:

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.

Admission requirements:

- 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.

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Information on Fees, Payments, Grants and Scholarships


€ 6,790 broken down into:
Course fees and registry's administrative fees: EUR 1,990.20.
The rest is paid in 8 installments of EUR 600 each.
10% discount for Comillas Alumni.

The IUEM offers study grants to the students of the master.

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Contact Information


University Institute of Studies on Migration
Comillas Pontifical University
C/ Alberto Aguilera, 23 - 28015 Madrid
Tel. (+34) 91.542.28.00 Ext 4215

Master Director:
Mercedes Fernández

Master Coordinator:
Tomás Castillo Crasto


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Humanitarian aid 2.4 ECTS ICO/DESCARGA
Design, monitoring and evaluation of cooperation projects 3.2 ECTS ICO/DESCARGA
The international cooperation system 4.0 ECTS ICO/DESCARGA
Development approaches 5.0 ECTS ICO/DESCARGA
Ethics of international and development cooperation 3.0 ECTS ICO/DESCARGA
Organisation management and development cooperation programmes 3.6 ECTS ICO/DESCARGA
Professional Skills 2.0 ECTS ICO/DESCARGA
Migration and development cooperation 2.4 ECTS ICO/DESCARGA
Sustainable development objectives 5.0 ECTS ICO/DESCARGA
Development cooperation programmes in the field of education 2.4 ECTS ICO/DESCARGA
Vulnerable subjects 3.0 ECTS ICO/DESCARGA
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Communication and advocacy 8.0 ECTS ICO/DESCARGA
Economy for Development 8.0 ECTS ICO/DESCARGA
External Internship 6.0 ECTS ICO/DESCARGA
Final Master´s Degree Project 10.0 ECTS ICO/DESCARGA
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