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.
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.
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.
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), Switzerland