Globalisation and Development Studies

Do you have a passion for research and work in the field of globalisation and development, rooted in undergraduate studies or experience in the field? Are you interested in individuals and communities, as well as in the broader relations between the Global North and South? Do you have the ambition to develop your academic research skills and to use academic insights to make a positive impact in the world? If so, this may be the right programme for you. The master’s in Globalisation & Development Studies is a social science programme that focuses on how the dynamics of globalisation affect developing areas. You will develop the theoretical, analytical and practical skills that are essential for either an academic or professional career in globalisation and development.

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Kimberly Ricaurte Davila, Student Ambassador Globalisation and Development Studies

Kimberly Ricaurte is from Ecuador, she has a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and International Relations at Universidad de las Americas (UDLA) in Quito, Ecuador and decided to come to Maastricht for the master’s programme Globalisation and Development Studies. “During my internship in Ecuador, someone told me about Maastricht University. I considered several programmes, also at other universities but they were either too theoretical, too research-oriented or too philosophical. This programme offered me the right combination of the academic background I needed and the field work I wanted. It’s interesting to see how development and aid-effectiveness change over time and that ideas pursued by large organisations often don’t fit the real needs of developing countries. I want to understand what goes wrong and create feasible programmes that have a positive impact on society. Eventually, I would like to have my own foundation to help street children in Ecuador with housing, healthcare and education.”

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Kimberly Ricaurte Davila, Ambassador Master Globalisation and Development Studies 2018-2019

“In the future I see myself working in the field for an NGO like Unicef, to reach children and their families and develop projects towards their well-being.”

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  • My goal is to travel and work in a developing country, as a project manager or maybe in a teaching position, sharing knowledge with others.
    Kirstin Kreyscher, Student ambassador Globalisation and Development Studies 2017-2018
  • “The ‘feel good’ component of the master’s programme is what drew me most.”
    Maddy Glenn, Student Ambassador Globalisation and Development Studies 2016-2017
  • I would love to carry out a project somewhere in the world, with my feet in the mud, really helping people.
    Toby Chan (Hong Kong), Globalisation and Development Studies


  • Student volunteer Jana Echterhoff portraid in Die Welle

    Thursday, June 1, 2017

    The german international broadcaster Die Welle reported on the vonlunteer work of Globalization and Development Studies student Jana Echterhoff in Mexico.

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