How to Apply

How to Apply

The MADM is an interdisciplinary course of study designed for students from all over the world who desire a career in international cooperation and development cooperation.

The next intake of the MA in Development Management at the South African – German Centre for Development Research at UWC starts in May 2022. 

The application deadline for the intake 2022-23 has expired on December 31, 2021! Selection results will be communicated end of January 2022.

The South African-German Centre for Development Research offers generous DAAD merit scholarships for the Masters Degree in Development Management at the University of the Western Cape. See "MADM" section for further details.

Entry requirements of the MADM are:

  1. Completion of a Bachelor's degree (or equivalent) in political science, social science, law, economics or geography or in other subjects related to the planning and evaluation of development programmes and projects with a mark of at least "second class, upper division" or its equivalent
  2. Certified experience related to the management of development programs and projects, either practical work experience of more than four weeks or academic experience in research and teaching at an institution of higher education
  3. Minimum certified proficiency in written and spoken English: TOEFL (79-80 iBT equivalent to 213 CBT) or IELTS (Band 6.0)

Please refer to the Examination Regulations of the MA in Development Management for further details.

mshighatiAlumni testimonial by M.A. Josaphat Mshighati, Tanzania "I never knew how practical was the MADM content coverage until I started working as Advisor to Civil Societies (SNV Netherlands Development Organisation) and then Governance Program Coordinator (Oxfam); With UNDP work now I can now use most of the skills from the MADM studies. In mormal sense, you never value something until it helps you handle some circumstancies. Excellent experiences with MADM"

Applications have to be submitted directly to the university via an online application platform. Before you process your application online make sure that you have read all the instructions available for download in the guidelines for applicants. The relevant information concerning the online application platform and the guidelines can be found here. Also prepare the relevant documentation before you start the online application process. It is not possible to save data halfway through the application form. Once started, the form must be completed.

Required documents consist of

compulsory documents according to § 3 (3) of the Examination Regulations of the MADM

  1. Letter of application, describing the motivation of your application
  2. Curriculum Vitae:Please use the europass CV form available at
  3. Certificates
    • School leaving certificate
    • University certificate(s), showing both the academic title awarded and all single marks (full transcript of records)
    • Language certificate(s), which show the level of proficiency in English and (if applicable) German at the time of the application
  4. Evidence of former or current employment or any other relevant practical experience

and additional recommended documents

  1. Passport size photo
  2. Copy of passport or identity card
  3. Two recommendation letters, one academic and one professional

 Alumni testimonial by M.A. Vanessa Agnes Dimaano, Philippines "Overall, it was a great learning experience for me. More than the lectures in the classroom, I think the exchange of ideas and experiences with lecturers and classmates enriches one's perspective. The trips to Ruhrgebiet, Berlin and South Africa were cultural immersion. Your scientific approach to research (when we did our field work) has provided me foundation for my other research works"


Communication of selection outcome:

  • Applicants will be notified about the selection outcome and the outcome of scholarship applications by end of January 2022.

Tuition, registration and other costs:

  • The tuition fee for the Bochum Programme of Development Management at the University of the Western Cape is 500 Euro per semester. Scholarship holders of the South African - German Centre for Development Research and Criminal Justice are exempted from these fees.
  • Scholarship holders get a scholarship of 650 Euro.
  • A small course registration fee may be charged by the University of the Western Cape.
  • The registration fee with the University of Bochum is covered from programme funds.
  • Additional costs may arise from travelling to and from South Africa twice (at the beginning and end of the programme and for the field research period)
  • For regular costs of living students should allow for an amount of at least Euro 650 per month including accommodation, insurance, etc
  • Travel costs for the study period in Germany are covered from funds of the South African - German Centre for Development Research and Criminal Justice. A small scholarship (or uptopping of exisiting scholarships) of Euro 500 will help to finance your study period in Germany.

Alumni testimonial by M.A. Catherine Promise Biira, Uganda "The richest experience I had was the realization that there is so much potential in people that even they themselves may not be aware of. Participating in the program unlocked so much potential in me. It gave me the drive and confidence to come this far and beyond"

For more information please have a look at the Website of the IEE!

For further questions please contact the CDR coordinator at RUB.

Contact Details for MADM. Send Your Applications to:

Institute of Development Research and Development Policy, Ruhr-University Bochum
Dr.Anne Siebert
Universitätsstr. 105
Room 2.02
D-44789 Bochum, Germany

Tel: +49-(0)234 / 32-19024
Fax: +49-(0)234 / 32-14-294