DICHA – Development, International Cooperation and Humanitarian Aid

This programme is held in English and is addressed to university graduates under Bologna system (3 years) or to those who graduated from long term university study programmes (4 years).

Form of study: full time, 2 years, 120 ECTS.

For non-subsidized places from the state budget, the tuition fee is 500 euro/per semester.


The programme assigns a particular importance to a better understanding of certain problems in the development field: cooperation, poverty, environment, economic development, social and human development. The programme entails a close link between theories and practices required to explore and understand the complexity of the development area. The available curriculum is built on a theoretical background that is combined with training courses conducted in a manner that allows students to acquire the right competences and proficiency, as well as special skills in policy and project evaluation, management and planning methods.

The programme is generally addressed to B.A. graduates, particularly to those interested in a career in public institutions in Romania and the European Union or international organizations active in developing countries. Qualified students from developing and emerging countries are particularly welcome.

At the same time, the MA  Programme is addressed to officials of the Central Government as well as local, and mid-career professionals in any development-related field, due to the fact that the European Union allocates funds for both governmental and local cooperation mechanisms.

The teaching and evaluation are conducted in English.

No. Course Professor
1 Theories of Development and Cooperation Lect. Univ. Dr. Victor Negrescu
2 Development economy Dr. Bogdan Munteanu
3 International Public Law Lect. Univ. Dr. Gabriel Micu
4 European policies of Development Cooperation Lect. Univ. Dr. Victor Negrescu
5 Partnership European Union-Latin America Dr. Ioana Dodi
6 Social Science Research Methodology (optional) Lect. Univ. Dr. Ioana Melenciuc
7 Methods of analysis of development policies Lect. Univ. Dr. Victor Negrescu
8 International Project Management Lect. Univ. Dr. Răzvan Cotovelea
9 Sustainable Development and International Affairs (optional) Lect. Univ. Dr. Daniel Buti
10 EU Foreign Affairs and Security Policy (optional) Dr. Bogdan Popescu
11 Humanitarian Aid and Voluntary Work (optional) Dr. Ioana Dodi
12 Education for development (optional) Prof. Univ. Dr. Cezar Bârzea
13 Public administration and international cooperation Conf. Univ. Dr. Diana Iancu
14 Theory and Practice of Human rights (optional) Lect. Univ. Dr. Gabriel Micu
15 Area study 1: Eastern European studies (optional) Lect. Univ. Dr. Miruna Troncotă
16 Area study 2: South American studies (optional) Lect. Univ. Dr. Mihai Ghigiu
17 Ethics in International Relations Lect. Univ. Dr. Alice Iancu
18 Introduction to Evaluation Studies (optional) Lect. Univ. Dr. Ioana Melenciuc
19 Area study 3: Asian Studies (optional) Conf. Univ. Dr. Radu Sebastian Ungureanu
20 Employment and Social Policies (optional)
21 Training stages Lect. Univ. Dr. Mihail Caradaică

The teaching plan contains a series of compulsory courses, aimed at building or consolidating fundamental notions and concepts, as well as a series of optional courses, from which students can choose those that best define their area of interest. The teaching plan allows you to find out how many courses you will have per semester, what they are and how you can attend them in order to achieve the 120 transferable credits.

On completion of the master’s degree programme, graduates will have acquired a range of skills that will improve their professional expertise and enhance their competitiveness in the European labour market as follows:

I. Professional competences

  1. Presenting and critically differentiating between the main concepts and theories in the field of development;
  2. Explaining and analysing the global economy changes which have occurred after the end of the Cold War, as well as the implications and consequences of the globalization process;
  3. Using sociological research methods, techniques and instruments in order to explain and analyse the main causes and effects of global poverty;
  4. Presenting, explaining and interpreting the way in which the European Union functions from the point of view of institutional construction, the EU’s public policy making process and of the Policy of International Development and Humanitarian Aid;
  5. Applying the concepts specific to European construction and theories regarding the European integration process while elaborating analyses and policy papers concerning the EU’s actual political processes;
  6. Understanding the difference between cooperation for development and humanitarian aid;
  7. Analysing the international juridical phenomenon, the mechanisms and the principles used for elaborating international laws, as well as understanding the relationship between internal and international law, thus developing the capacity to analyse real situations in the institutional environment and to elaborate juridical solutions for regulating concrete situations;
  8. Selecting and combining methods and techniques, developing instruments and using approaches and models specific to development studies in order to explain and interpret real cases in the contemporary world and from the past, in various contexts;
  9. The capacity of understanding the theoretical and practical philosophy in policy formulation on development assistance, the financial programming and the management of international and community programmes;
  10. Identifying and combining complex solutions for solving problems regarding social injustice, perpetuating underdevelopment, the implementation of the EU’s Common External and Security Policy, conflicts, etc., and justifying the relevance of each of the proposed alternatives;
  11. Applying the conceptual and methodological apparatus in order to elaborate case studies and content analyses for specific documents, justifying and sustaining the pertinence and adequacy of the results obtained;
  12. The analytical ability to elaborate studies on developing countries, particularly in the following areas: Africa, Asia, South America, the Caribbean and Eastern Europe;
  13. Developing and implementing international development projects.

II. Transversal competences

  1. The capacity to establish and develop communication relationships, partnerships and cooperation with people, public institutions, mass-media, NGOs;
  2. The capacity to integrate within teams and to work in a group, to communicate and negotiate with other people or groups, presenting their own positions clearly and coherently, respectively to sustain a public speech, by using a technical, logical and critical – analytical style;
  3. Initiating and maintaining functional working relationships in a multicultural and pluralist environment, based on mutual trust, empathy and communication, in the spirit of respecting all people’s dignity, regardless of ethnicity, nationality, religions, race, gender, lifestyle or disability;
  4. Establishing priorities, making decisions and solving tasks under stressful conditions.


Graduates have a wide range of potential career paths to embark on within the development field, such as expertise, consultancy, public relations, administrative and managerial positions in the following areas:

  • Different types of aid donors such as: International organizations (EU, UN, UNHCR, OECD etc.);
  • International financial institutions (IMF, World Bank, EBRD, etc.), regional organizations for cooperation, etc.;
  • Public institutions and national government agencies (public consultation and decision-making positions);
  • Transnational corporations;
  • European projects, NGOs;
  • Teaching and training (schools, universities, adult education centres, ad hoc programmes training).


Starting with the academic year 2017-2018, the students of this MA will benefit from a long-distance twinning programme with experts within the African, Caribbean and Pacific Young Professionals Network (ACP YNP), based on the research themes they choose to approach.

Opportunity for the candidates:

The student obtaining the highest grade at the admission contest organized in July 2017 for this MA programme will be awarded a study visit at the European institutions in Brussels.

To find out more about the student experience in Brussels, please access the testimonial


Admission is based on:

  • Application file (see necessary documents)
  • Academic essay (5-10 pages), written in English. The subject of the paper is your choice, preferably a case study within the thematic areas:
  • The theories of development and underdevelopment;
  • Development policies;
  • Peace and Conflict Studies;
  • Studies on post-conflict situations;
  • Development Economics;
  • Foreign policy analysis and development dimensions;
  • Studies in underdeveloped areas;
  • International organizations active in the field of international development;
  • European Union and development assistance system.


By submitting the pre-enrolment form online, DRIIE 2017 candidates are given the opportunity to benefit from:

  • academic online tutoring on writing the examination essay (at the request of candidates);
  • bibliographical recommendations and specialized resources in electronic form and printed output for the admission exam;
  • professional guidance and counselling within the domains covered by the MA programmes offered by DRIIE;
  • information about the events organized by DRIIE such as debates, conferences, roundtables, book launches, educational fairs, lectures open to the public, tutoring activities with teachers from the Department, etc.

Pre-enrolment online form for master’s programmes 2017 – 2019 is available HERE.

TUITION FEE – 1.000 EUR/year

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