The Research Master International Development Studies offers several pre-Master possibilities to academic students to make up for (slight) credit deficiencies.
We require this pre-Master's programme of applicants who have excelled in their Bachelor’s programme, but who lack a sufficient International Development Studies background. When students have completed the pre-Master's programme successfully, the admission into the Master’s programme is automatic. Please see the link in the official admissions letter to the course catalogue, or follow this link for more information about this programme. To be admitted to this pre-Master's programme, you need to apply to the Master’s programme first. The admissions committee will decide whether you can follow the pre-Master’s programme.
To specify, we require this of applicants when a deficient background includes:
Promising applicants who are marginally deficient in social science research methodology (so who have completed 16-18 ECTS credits out of the required 24 ECTS credits) and can remedy this deficiency with a short intensive course may be eligible for the Comprehensive Introduction to Research Methodology and Design offered in the summer prior to the Master's programme (July/August). The admissions committee decides whether a student is eligible to take this summer course to qualify for entry to the Master’s programme.
Insufficient research methodology training includes:
Incoming Master's students who are taking this summer course to prepare for their Master's programme at the UvA Graduate School of Social Sciences will not receive European credits (ECTS). Other students are eligible to gain 6 ECTS for this course.
We recommend the online research methods preparation courses when promising students have some ECTS in social science research methodologies, but need to compensate for some minor deficiencies. To be more precise, we recommend this to students when one or more of the following applies:
We recommend the reading assignment when applicants have relevant coursework in IDS, relevant internship or work experience in the development sector, and who have sufficient research credits, but need a bit more background. To be precise, the reading assignment is offered to students who:
Please register for the Master and Research Master’s programme in Studielink and apply through the link in Myinfo: The Admissions Committee will assess your application and decide if a pre-Master's programme or course is needed and if it will sufficiently prepare you for entry to the Master's or Research Master’s programme.