MA in Development Management (IEE)
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MA in Development Management (IEE)

Since winter 2000, the Institute of Development Research and Development Policy (IEE) at Ruhr-University Bochum is offering an international English-language 
Master Programme in Development Management (MADM).
 
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Since May 2002, the programme is also offered at the University of the Western Cape, South Africa - originally as part of the DAAD initiative "German Programs of Study Abroad" and now as part of the DAAD funded "South African - German Centre for Development Research and Criminal Justice". The duration of each programme cycle is three semesters (18 months), starting every two years. For each intake, up to 25 students are accepted in MADM Bochum and up to 20 students in MADM Cape Town
 

Programme Overview / Aim

The aim of the 18-month MA in Development Management (MADM) is the training of professionals to meet the increasing need for experts in programme and project management that has emerged in international development cooperation. 

Berlin 30 Sep - 3 Oct 2006 292The course provides the student the necessary tools to deal with the practical problems of managing development programs and projects: an introduction to theory for embedding them in a wider context, an interdisciplinary approach to methodology based on case studies for concrete analysis and the application of theoretical and methodological knowledge.

Practical Relevance

An important question often posed by potential students and applicants is: "What can I gain as additional qualification from this MA Program?" Besides the academic qualifications we are imparting and teaching, one main characteristic of our programme is its practical relevance.

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This starts with the internship, which is arranged by the institute, complemented with continuous career counseling, establishment of a scientific network within the Institute through Alumni Management and the integrated PhD School in International Development.

The IEE proudly states that over 85% of its MADM graduates are now working as professionals in the field of development cooperation. 

Our Partner in Cape Town

Starting in mid-2000 the IEE has been offering its international MA in Development Management in cooperation with the Institute for Social Development (ISD) and the School of Government (SoG) at the University of the Western Cape. This is the first time that a German MA in Development Management is available in South Africa. 

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Well performing and committed students who register for the MA in Development Management of Ruhr-University Bochum can obtain a second degree of our partner University, the University of the Western Cape (UWC), South Africa. This second degree option is available for all MADM students, regardless of their study location (Bochum or Cape Town). Possible second degree options are the MA in Development Studies of the Institute for Social Development (ISD) or the Master in Public Administration of the School of Government at UWC, South Africa.

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The option to obtain a second degree is also available for students of UWC who are primarily registered for the MA in Development Studies or the Master in Public Administration of UWC. Well performing and committed students of these programmes can register for the MA in Development Management of Ruhr-University Bochum for their second degree.

For further information on MADM second degree option please visit IEE website.

Programme Structure

The MADM gives the student a solid theoretical background and introduces the necessary tools for dealing with the practical problems of managing development programs and projects. Elements of the curriculum are:

 

  • an introduction to relevant theories in social science and economics
  • methods of empirical social research, project cycle management and reform management
  • the application of theoretical and methodological knowledge

 

The programme structure MADM:

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During their first semester, students are given a multidisciplinary introduction to relevant theories and strategies of development. They learn about actors in international development cooperation and the role of institutions for development and are faced with relevant case studies. Further, students select a research problem related to a development programme or project as the starting point for their own research project (MA Thesis). This project is preferably related to their home country.

After the first semester, students can undertake a two-month internship in Germany in a development organization or a corporation in the private sector. Based on acquired knowledge of relevant theories and tendencies in international development cooperation, the second semester is taken up with learning about the variety of methods of programme and project planning, implementation and evaluation. Students are required to apply their knowledge to case studies related to the programme or project chosen in the first semester and to present the results in a seminar paper.

After the second semester, students undertake fieldwork on projects and programmes in international development cooperation in developing countries. This will form the empirical basis of their MA Thesis project. In the third semester, students concentrate on writing up their thesis which has to contain theory, methodology, and the results of the fieldwork. The thesis is designed to demonstrate the student's ability to embed the re­search in the scientific debate and to communicate it in a clear and coherent way.

Follow this link to get an overview about the courses and seminars offered in the MA Development Management on IEE website.

MA in Development Management (IEE)

Contact:

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Dr. Tobias Thürer

Coordinator in M.A. in Development Management

Email: tobias.thuerer@rub.de

Phone: 

+49 (0)234 / 32-22458

Fax: +49 (0)234 / 32-14294

 

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Institute of Development Research and Development Policy Institute of Political Science Institute for Development and Peace