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International Development / Desenvolupament Internacional


The Master's in International Development is intended to educate future professionals in the area of development from a global perspective, in light of the increasing concern about development issues and the high demand for professionals with qualified, interdisciplinary training in this field.
The programme consists of 60 credits ECTS and is one year in duration. It is taught in English, combining theory and practice, equipping students with both academic rigour and policy relevance. The master's aims to provide students with a comprehensive set of analytical skills, robust training in research methods, and a thorough understanding of key issues such as global governance and development, economic growth and sustainability, conflict over limited resources, new emerging powers and social movements, and ongoing trends in inequalities in livings standards. The postgraduate programme includes the possibility of doing an internship or studying abroad for one semester.

IBEI's masters' degrees are officially accredited in Spain and adapted to the European Higher Education Area. The degree diplomas are issued jointly with the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, the University of Barcelona and the Pompeu Fabra University.
IBEI is an affiliate member school of the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs (APSIA). The Institute is a centre of academic excellence specialised in International Studies. It combines distinguished research with top-quality teaching and student-oriented services.

Learning objectives

  • Demonstrate specific knowledge of international development, sustainability and global governance from an integrated and multidisciplinary perspective.
  • Identify the main sources of bibliographic information on issues related to international development studies, including specialised periodicals and primary source collections.
  • Identify the main authors, approaches and ideas in the study of the development process, as well as its debates and explanatory limits.
  • Design and carry out specialised information searches on subjects related to international development, as well as to analyse results obtained following the rules of the scientific method.
  • Demonstrate the ability to conduct independent and critical analysis for decision-making aimed at solving the specific problems and challenges of international development.
  • Identify and know the dynamics, processes and factors that interact in local, national and international decision-making, as well as the instruments used for its implementation.
  • Formulate and reason the knowledge acquired about the actors, dynamics, processes and factors of international development in order to analyse the results of the daily practice of governments, non-governmental organizations, governmental organizations, companies, etc.

Basic Information

Main university:
  • Universitat Pompeu Fabra
  • Universitat Barcelona
  • Universitat Pompeu Fabra
  • Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

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Faculty or school:
  Faculty of Law
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