'When I stumbled upon the Research Master’s programme International Development Studies at the University of Amsterdam, I was impressed by how it seemed to allow for the space and opportunity to explore these questions. I thought that perhaps my questions needed to be approached from a social science perspective, something I knew little about. It was a spur of the moment decision to move to Amsterdam but one of the best decisions I have ever made. Looking back already, this journey has allowed me to fulfil a dream I never thought I could have realized so early in life.' - Anna-Lisa Noack.
'An advantage of the two year’s programme over the one year’s Master is the time and space for reflection and cogitation of a topic for fieldwork and Master’s thesis. Also, the composition of the Research Master's programme allowed me to spend a relative long period in the field, which adds to the quality of my final thesis. After a long period of internal (thinking) and external consultation, my Master’s thesis and fieldwork focuses on dominant discourses and the shaping of humanitarian aid within the context of disaster management in Manila, the capital city of the Philippines. Specifically, I look at how characteristics of organisations and individuals, and local realities on the ground co-shape aid practices.' - Marijn Faling.