ETH Zürich, Centre for Development and Cooperation (NADEL) The Master of Advanced Studies (MAS) in Development and Cooperation offers students an inspiring environment in which they can acquire an understanding of local and global development challenges as well as the tools and methods to find innovative solutions to address them. The program combines studies at ETH with experiential learning at an international organization. This provides students with both the theoretical background and practical experience necessary to successfully pursue a career devoted to more inclusive and sustainable societies.
Autumn Semester: During the first semester, students acquire theoretical and empirical knowledge about the most pressing global and local challenges. The courses combine lectures and workshops and allow for extensive discussion between classmates and lecturers. The courses are bilingual (in German and English), multidisciplinary, and policy oriented. In the core courses, students obtain a solid understanding of important historical, socioeconomic, political, and environmental development processes.
On-the-job-training: The first study semester is followed by a 8-10 month on-the-job training with a multilateral, bi-lateral, or non-governmental organization. This job assignment is designed to immerse students in a complex and intercultural working environment.
Spring Semester In the final semester, the students deepen their knowledge of specific methods and policies to address global and local development challenges. Students can select from numerous courses on methods to identify innovative solutions or on policy implementation strategies that improve the livelihoods of the poor. They link cutting-edge research with policies and practice. MAS students are given the option of taking the block course on either a full-time (during the spring semester) or part-time basis, but must complete six courses within two years.
ETH Zürich, Centre for Development and Cooperation (NADEL) Qualitative research has much to offer to the practical work of development organizations. This course will provide an overview of the principles and practice of qualitative research and illustrate ways in which qualitative research can be incorporated into the program cycle. Participants will learn to collect data using qualitative methods such as observation, interviews and focus group discussion, and will become familiar with the techniques of qualitative data analysis and the communication of results. The course aims to build the skills of development practitioners in using qualitative methods confidently, including the ability to communicate findings to different audiences.
Duration: 28.10. – 01.11.2019 Registration for courses in the fall semester 2019 start on the 27th of May 2019. The course can either be taken individually, or as a part of the CAS in Development Cooperation.