This course is ideal for students with a background in science or engineering, but with no previous significant study of Computing or Information Technology. A separate award is available for students with an undergraduate degree in Computer Science. The course aims to expand your knowledge, with a balance of theory and advanced practical skills. Through the development of a general knowledge of information technology it will enable you to independently synthesise information/ideas in chosen areas of the field. It will promote a professional attitude in students wishing to enter employment in the field of information technology and enhance the career prospects of all its students.
Assimilate information from journal papers, lectures, text books, original articles, self study notes, selected sites on the internet and personal experience. Reflect on the results of problem solving; making recommendations based on evidence and experience.
Apply a variety of techniques to different technologies in the area of Information Technology, including well-defined and ill-defined situations.
Reflect on the results of problem solving; making recommendations based on evidence and reflection.
Assimilate information from lectures, text books and self study notes. Use of workshops and tutorials to enhance practical skills and design and implement a non-trivial database application.
Assimilate information from lectures, text books and self study notes. Use of workshops and tutorials to develop practical skills in advanced database technology topics.
Work through a number of programming problems in a variety of scenarios during workshop sessions and in assessments, including individual and group-based exercises to reinforce learning. Reflect critically on the attempts of problem solving and personal performance.
Investigate and research in-depth in the subject area of Information Technology, producing a deliverable artefact related to the research undertaken.
The Dissertation will critically reflect on the work undertaken.
This course is ideal for students whose undergraduate degree is not either Computer Science, Engineering or a closely allied subject. The first block of teaching rapidly imparts the fundamental postgraduate material for an Information Technology degree. The pace of learning rapidly accelerates and includes. Database Management, Networking and Software Development with a clear focus on providing the students with practical skills complemented by a deep knowledge of these subjects.
Graduates can find employment within the Information Technology industry as analysts/programmers, business systems analysts, database programmers, database administrators and senior software support technicians.
You could also go on to do further research, or teach in either further or higher education.
At the end of this course you, the student, will be able to:
Display a thorough understanding of the principles and practices of advanced Information Technology topics; integrate and apply knowledge and skills to complex problems;
Demonstrate expertise and professional awareness of both current and emerging technologies within the field of Information Technology;
Critically evaluate the role of communications, architecture, networks and the internet in modern computer systems;
Make informed decisions on the use of appropriate database techniques and tools and apply these to develop database solutions to non-trivial problems;
Demonstrate expertise in software construction and implementation; apply well-chosen techniques, tools and methodologies to generate applications;
Conduct research into advanced areas of Information Technology through analysis and synthesis, demonstrate professional skills in individual project management and the development of related arguments and/or deliverables and communicate conclusions clearly through appropriate media.
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International economics with a strong empirical and analytical emphasis on the low and middle income countries of the Global South.
This specialisation offers you the opportunity to follow a state-of-the-art curriculum in International Economics with a strong empirical and analytical focus on the low and middle income countries of the Global South. Hosting one of the largest databases for developing countries in the world, we offer you a unique possibility to analyse poverty, inequality, and economic development in these countries in an international context. Using recent theoretical insights and modern empirical methods, you will be actively involved in comparative research on issues in developing countries such as the impact of globalisation on economic growth, corruption, the education of children, child labour and women’s empowerment.
- A broad perspective on issues pertaining to low and middle income countries
- Strong comparative and empirical orientation
- One of the world’s largest micro-level database for developing countries
- Small group teaching and close contact with professors and their research
- Excellent reputation in the Netherlands and abroad
Radboud University Master’s specialisation in International Economics & Development pushes your curiosity to understand and evaluate the economic situation in low and middle income countries. You will be taught to look at the bigger picture and to analyse micro-level data in order to discover what is going well and what isn’t. Your analysis will provide information on intra-country or cross-national disparities. It aims to inform both national governments as well as international development organisations, and might lead to programmatic action aimed at bringing about positive changes to people’s lives in the poorest regions of our globe.
Scientific and societal relevance go hand in hand in this programme. We address contemporary issues like child labour, women’s empowerment, human development, children’s schooling and economic growth by evaluating societal developments with the help of sound academic theories. We not only discuss pressing issues of today but also issues we believe will be pressing in the near future.
Upon completing the Master’s programme in International Economics & Development, you will be knowledgeable about recent developments in the field. You will be an up-and-coming professional that is able to:
- Understand and reflect on the international, professional and academic literature in the field of international economics & development.
- Report independently on various issues in international economics and development, including state of the art empirical and theoretical studies.
- Use and apply statistical tools and methods.
- Conduct independent research.
- Present and clearly and consistently defend your views and research outcomes.
- Maintain a critical attitude towards your own work and that of others in your field.
We make sure our graduates have the strong academic background they need to be able to work as economists, policy-makers and researchers for international organisations (The World Bank, UN), development-oriented consultancy firms, NGOs, national governments as well as universities and research institutes.
The Master’s specialisation International Economics & Development is theoretically unique in that we not only deal with the problems that poor countries face, but also with interesting new developments taking place in the Global South. We will discuss the rise of the BRIC countries, concentrating on both the potential they have as well as the challenges they face. We will also look at unique new economic phenomena within developing countries, like the emergence of a complete pro-poor banking system based on mobile phone credits in Kenya and other parts of Africa (known as m-pesa).
- Understanding economic changes in the developing world
Our unique and interesting combination of subjects will provide you with a well-rounded understanding in this field. Apart from development economics students will get an academic understanding of economics methodology, the role of international financial markets, behavioural economics and the important influence culture has on economic phenomena. And thanks to a choice of elective subjects, you can give your programme a unique focus that meets your academic interests.
Students taking this Master’s specialisation will learn how to understand and analyse economic changes taking place throughout the developing world. Students will be taught how to discover determinants and develop indicators that make it possible to monitor changes at the sub-national level in great detail. These indicators can be used scientifically, but also for creating detailed overview scans of regions for political or humanitarian purposes.
- Database Developing World and the MDGs
One of the tools our students can use is our Database Developing World (DDW). This database constitutes a unique window to the developing world, making it possible to study important processes on a scale and with a degree of detail that is unique in the world.
The DDW also holds indicators for seven of the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) which range from halving extreme poverty rates to empowering woman and providing universal primary education. The target date of 2015 is fast approaching and although enormous progress has been made, the UN is working with governments, civil society and other partners to carry on with a post-2015 sustainable development agenda. As a graduate of this Master’s specialisation, you could go on to be one of the professionals that helps to achieve the MDGs and thereby making a real difference in people’s lives.