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Master in Population and development studies

Master in Population and development studies

This formation is taught in french.

The 2020-2021 programme is subject to change. It is provided for information purposes only.

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  • Programme title
    Master in Population and development studies
  • Programme mnemonic
  • Programme organised by
    • Faculty of Philosophy and Social Sciences
  • Degree type
    Masters 120 credits
  • Tier
    2nd cycle
  • Field and branch of study
    Human and social sciences/Political and social sciences
  • Schedule type
  • Languages of instruction
  • Theoretical programme duration
    2 years
  • Campus
  • Category / Topic
    Human and social sciences - Political and social sciences
  • Jury President
    Laurence ROUDART
  • Jury Secretary
    Joël Noret


General information

Degree type

Masters 120 crédits

Theoretical programme duration

2 years

Learning language(s)


Schedule type




Category(ies) - Topic(s)

Human and social sciences - Political and social sciences

Organising faculty(s) and university(ies)

Succeed in your studies

ULB offers a number of activities and resources that can help you develop a successful strategy before or during your studies.

You can make the transition to higher education easier by attending preparatory courses, summer classes, and information and orientation sessions, even before you start your studies at ULB.

During your studies, many people at ULB are there specifically to help you succeed: support staff in each faculty, (inter-)faculty guidance counsellors, tutors, and experts in academic methodology.


The programme's goal is to teach students to independently and critically analyse development aid policies and international cooperation practices.

Students can spend a term or a whole year abroad. The Faculty has exchange agreements with more than a hundred partner universities in Europe and throughout the world.

This Master is interdisciplinary in nature, reflecting the wish to integrate teaching, research, practical work, field knowledge, and service provision. In addition to the required courses on cooperation and development, the programme offers a wide range of elective courses that enable students to either deepen their basic knowledge of disciplines taught at the Bachelor level, or explore new areas of study.

Access conditions


This Master programme trains students in development cooperation work. Graduates are high-level professionals who master international development issues and challenges, and understand the problems faced by developing countries as well as the efforts made to resolve them.

What's next ?


Three main areas offer employment opportunities to graduates of this programme:

  • National and international institutions that fund development aid (European Commission, World Bank, bilateral Belgian cooperation programmes, etc.);

  • Non-governmental organisations (NGOs) acting independently, though mostly funded by the above-mentioned institutions. Jobs can be either at the NGO's headquarters or in ‘target‘ countries;

  • Private sector companies working as subcontractors for national and international institutions; consulting firms that identify, design, implement, and evaluate projects and programmes on behalf of these institutions, providing them with experts and technical assistance.

The programme prepares students for work in the field of development aid: project managers working for international development aid organisations, coordinators of international development aid projects, consultants, development programme analysts, etc.