Official Master's Degree in International Development Cooperation

Submission of applications:
Start: January 8, 2018
End: September 29, 2018.

1 year (Full-time study)

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Credits: 60 ECTS
Places available: 45, Spanish

The Master's Degree in International Development Cooperation has been taught at the University Institute of Migration Studies (IUEM) for 17 years. Over this time, the IUEM has trained highly qualified professionals to carry out their professional career in the field of International Development Cooperation.

If you study this master’s degree you will gain the necessary skills to work and apply the knowledge acquired, in all types of functions, within public and private national and international organizations, NGOs and NGDOs. Currently, our graduates are occupying positions of responsibility in the aforementioned organizations.

The students’ comprehensive training is completed with practical experience in public or private institutions, allowing them to make contact with the reality of cooperation.

In addition, studying the Master's Degree in International Development Cooperation offers the possibility of accessing the Doctorate in International Migration and Development Cooperation.

The IUEM offers student grants to the master’s degree students. View here the support programmes for the Master's Degree in International Development Cooperation.


Start: September, 2018

End: August, 2019


60 ECTS. (Europeam Credit Transfer System)

Attendance mode:

Classes are taught face to face.



Classes begin on:

September 2018

Admission application deadline:

From January 8 to september 29, 2018

Information notice on the documents to be submitted.


The usual class timetable is Monday - Thursday, 17:00 - 21:00. The attendance mode offered for this program is full time.

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Applicant 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.


  • ossession 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.

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.

The admission criteria and the weighting of requirements are as follows:

  • 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.

Support Program for Students with Disabilities

When the student interested in access has some type of physical disability, you can have personalized information and support in Care Program Students with Disabilities Social Work Unit.


The total fee for the Master's program is EUR 6,550.00 broken down into:

  • Course fees and registry's administrative fees: EUR 1,918.20.
  • The rest is paid in 8 installments of EUR 579.00 each.


Find out more here about our Study Grants

Information Point:

University Institute of Studies on Migration
Comillas Pontifical University
C/ Alberto Aguilera, 23 28015 Madrid
Tel. 91.542.28.00 Ext 4215
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University Institute of Studies on Migration. Madrid, Campus at C/ Alberto Aguilera, 23.

Master Director

Mercedes Fernández García

Master Coordinator

Tomás Castillo Crasto



Esponsors postgrados


The program seeks to provide the students with comprehensive training so that they may become true experts in development and cooperation and follow a professional path in the field of international development cooperation. Specifically, the Master's program offers:

  • Knowledge underpinned by the main development theories from a multidisciplinary perspective, as well as a detailed analysis of the social, economic and political reality of the different societies serving as context for development cooperation programs and projects.
  • Intensive training on the different policies, structures and modes of action of international development cooperation.
  • Practical training enabling the students to design, manage and evaluate the different international development cooperation projects and tools.
  • Reflection on and acquisition of theoretical, practical and ethical criteria that may boost transformative and support action plans and processes leading to development.


Teaching on the Master's program is primarily face to face. Therefore, the course content is presented and analyzed mainly in the classroom, and the students and tutor will have direct contact time during the teaching of the modules. In addition to the class hours, yet within the learning workload of the respective ECTS credits, the students will have access, through the Comillas Pontifical University's SIFO (Comprehensive Online Training Solution) virtual platform, to materials and reading assignments that the lecturers consider essential for each module.

Assessment methods:

The continuous assessment proposed as a learning method as part of this Master's program is broken down below:

  • Continuous assessment of teaching modules through various practical and theoretical exercises.
  • Oral and written evaluations each term.
  • Master's Dissertation.
  • Internship assessment report.


Basic skills:

  • CB1. Acquiring knowledge in various fields of study based on reading of advanced materials and from areas of knowledge at the forefront of the field.
  • CB2. 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.
  • CB3. Being able to summarize and analyze relevant data so as to issue opinions involving a personal reflection on pertinent social, scientific or ethical topics.
  • CB4. Developing critical thinking.
  • CB5. Acquiring the ability to manage information, by employing and analyzing different sources.
  • CB6. 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.
  • CB7. Using their initiative and entrepreneurial spirit as a way to contribute innovative solutions to the different social issues surrounding us.
  • CB8. Being highly motivated to engage in their professional field, acting responsibly and sustainably, and always striving for a high level of quality.
  • CB9. Being able to convey information, ideas, issues and solutions to both specialized and lay audiences alike.
  • CB10. Successfully engaging in team work, particularly within multidisciplinary teams. 

Specific skills:

  • EC 01. Knowledge of basic theories of development in its economic, social, cultural, and political aspects.
  • EC 02. Knowledge of current international relations and the different players, official and unofficial, that comprise it.
  • EC 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.
  • EC 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.
  • EC 05. Understanding the international system for development aid and the different actors that are part of it.
  • EC 06. Knowledge of different systems, methods and basic actors in international development cooperation.
  • EC 07. Knowledge of the regional particularities of development and development cooperation.
  • EC 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.
  • EC 09. Analysing and understanding the global initiatives for fighting against poverty: 2030 Agenda, Millennium Goals and the alliances needed to achieve them.
  • EC 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.
  • EC 11. Ability to evaluate the process and the outcome of the various development cooperation projects.
  • EC 12. Responding to the crisis and humanitarian emergency assessing the urgency of situations and planning and developing actions to address them.
  • EC 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.
  • EC 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.
  • EC 15. Know the main tools and techniques in the field of education for development and capacity to develop intervention initiatives in this field.
  • EC 16. Know linking migration with development of countries of origin and destination.
  • EC 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.
  • EC 18. Incorporate transversely in projects and development cooperation activities, the notions of sustainability and environmental and ecological sustainability.
  • EC 19. Ability to work in a multidisciplinary and multicultural team as an expert in international development cooperation.
  • EC 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.
  • EC 21. Ability to investigate properly and with an eminently practical guidance in the field of international development cooperation.
  • EC 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.
  • EC 23. Ability to carry out an ethical reflection on development cooperation, and its applicability in specific contexts.

The Official Master's Degree in International Development Cooperation consists of: 

Total credits: 60 ECTS

  • 44ECTS of training through

    • Obligatory subjects: 36 ECTS
    • Elective subjects: 8 ECTS
  • 6 ECTS from an external internship
  • 10 ECTS from an end of master project

We shall now describe the different subjects, together with the number of ECTS credits they contain and their time-frame:



  • Theories of development
  • Economy of development
  • Geopolitical aspects of development
  • Anthropology of development
  • The system of international relations


  • Peasantry
  • Casual workers
  • Gender and sexual minorities
  • Migrants and Refugees
  • Infancy
  • Ethnic minorities and indigenous populations


  • The system of international cooperation: Historical evolution and critical analysis
  • The system of European cooperation
  • The Spanish system
  • Non-governmental cooperation
  • South-South cooperation
  • Decentralised cooperation


  • Introduction
  • Poverty (SDG 1, 2 & 3)
  • Education (SDG 4 & 5)
  • Inequality (6, 7 & 10)
  • Sustainability (8, 12, 13, 14 & 15)
  • Inclusive societies (8, 9, 11, 16 & 17)
  • Partnerships for the goals (17)


  • The cycle of the project. The focus of the logical framework
  • Types of social projects
  • Evaluation. Instruments
  • SROI. Social value
  • Participative methodology in the design of social projects


  • Development and emergencies
  • Humanitarian and psychosocial programmes
  • Humanitarian work: phases


  • Education for development
  • Education and Development


  • The debate around Migration and Development
  • Models of the relationships between migratory policies and development cooperation.
  • Policies and programmes for development cooperation with refugee and displaced populations.


  • Creativity and social innovation
  • Working in a changing environment, orientation to results, decision making and stress management.
  • Fundraising
  • Strategic thinking and micro-macro connections
  • Diversity management
  • Map of national and international calls for cooperation


  • Oral expression and communicative abilities
  • Written expression
  • Professional English in the field of cooperation.
  • Tools for actively searching for employment in the cooperation sector


  • The adaptability between ethics and cooperation.
  • The ethical values of cooperation
  • Challenges and ethical dilemmas of cooperation
  • Humanitarian action in international cooperation.
  • The ethical framework of humanitarian action
  • The professional design of humanitarian action
  • Ethical dilemmas of humanitarian action
  • Transparency and accountability



  • Objectives and strategy,
  • Research into development in order to influence,
  • Analysis of power and lobby
  • Political communication and social campaigning/movements.
  • Connection with and designing of programmes


  • Inclusive business on the base of the pyramid
  • Fair Trade. Foundations, actors, problems, trends
  • Microcredits. Foundations, actors, focuses, debates
  • Tools to design inclusive businesses: the canvass model. Others.
  • CSR/Social economy

For more information about the specialisations, click HERE


External internship in one of the institutions that has an educational cooperation agreement with the Comillas Pontifical University. All students will undertake an internship and prepare a report based on their work which will be marked.


Internship and Careers Office:

The Master's students have full access to the Internship and Careers Office at Comillas Pontifical University.

The Official Master's Degree in International Development Cooperation from Comillas Pontifical University has educational cooperation agreements in place with different public and private organizations in the field of international development cooperation, in order to complement our students' education by allowing them to take part in the various cooperation programs and projects that these organizations carry out.

(See Partner Institutions)

The Master's internship coordinator is available to assist the students with their internship arrangements. The Master's students will also have the possibility of doing their internship through a summer volunteering program in Peru and Kenya. See volunteering page.

Field research internship:


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.

Professional profile:

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 official 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.

  • Tradition: made up of experts in International Cooperation since 1997
  • Official Master: The 17th edition of the Official Master's Degree in International Development Cooperation, which is adapted in line with the European Higher Education Area (EHEA)
  • Individual attention: research and internship tutors and professors
  • Guaranteed professional internships in national and international bodies
  • The opportunity to integrate into our work teams: Institute of Studies on Migration (IUEM); Iberoamerican Migration Observatory (OBIMID); Chair of Forced Refugees and Migrants
  • Professional opportunities: intervention, consulting, research

The main aim of the Official Master's Degree in International Development Cooperation is to train and enable the student to become an expert in development and cooperation to then have a career in the field of international development cooperation. An internship is a part of the course content on the Official Master's Degree in International Development Cooperation.

As well as the Official Master's Degree in International Development Cooperation, you may also be interested in the Official Master's Degree in International Migration.

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