Master's Degree in Development Aid

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General information MCAD Universitat València

Duration: 90 ECTS. Two academic years (possibility of part-time studying)
Organizes: Inter-University Institute of Local Development (IIDL)
Number Of Places Offered: Starting from a common branch where the student can take one of the two specialities offered in the UVEG during the 2014-15 year.

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The University Master’s Degree in Development Cooperation (MCAD) meets the need for high-level training in Development Cooperation by the five Valencian public universities.

The complexity and growing concern about development and poverty issues have led international organizations, States, and social entities to increase the resources devoted to a sector that demands qualified professionals with a specific and interdisciplinary education background. In this area the MCAD provides common training in development cooperation and seven specialities covering the broad professional spectrum in the field.

The Master also gives access to the Inter-University PhD Programme in Local Development and International Cooperation.



- Increase knowledge on economic, social, and political forces that explain the existence and cause of poverty, inequality, and problems in developing nations; the causes of underdevelopment, and the role of developed countries from a global perspective.
- Provide analysis criteria of political, social, economic, and cultural reality in which the new culture of cooperation’s approaches and issues promoted by international organizations and conventions are contextualized.
- Develop skills in designing, planning, management, and evaluation of development interventions at the policy, plan, programme, and project level.
- Take an in-depth look at the operational strategies on the quality and effectiveness of the concept of development cooperation from a critical perspective.


Who Is it For?

- Holders of a Degree on Social Sciences, Health Sciences, Business Administration, Humanities, Legal Sciences, Environmental Sciences, Business Sciences and, where appropriate, those from related disciplines who wish to train as professional in development cooperation .
- Working professionals who wish to improve their knowledge of concepts and tools, as well as improve their skills and abilities in the use of techniques and methodologies towards the implementation and / or development of cooperation strategies.
-People responsible, directly or indirectly, of Development Aid, collaborators, NGOs and volunteers.


General Structure of MCAD

The Master's Degree is structured in two academic years.

- First academic year (60 ETCS): this year is classroom-based, covering the period between October and June.

1st semester: October to January (24 ECTS Common Classes)
2nd semester: February to June (36 ECTS Speciality)


- Second academic year (30 ECTS): taught through one-on-one tutoring, and running from October to February, dedicated to the subjects chosen according to the orientation of the selected Master Research or Professional.

a) Research-Based Guidance: External Internship I (10 ECTS) + Introduction to Research Course (10 ECTS) + Master's Thesis (10 ECTS)

b) Vocational Guidance: External Internship II (20 ECTS) + Master's Thesis (10 ECTS).


Offered Specialities in UVEG

1-. Integrated Local Development Planning

2-. Health in developing countries




COMPULSORY (taken during the first semester) – 24 ECTS

-       42895  Basic concepts of development        

-       42896  Development aid


ELECTIVE (choose one) (taken during the second semester) – 36 ECTS


-        42897 -Fundamentals and theories for planning and managing territorial development 10 ECTS

-        42898 - Methods, techniques and tools for planning and managing local development 11 ECTS

-        42899 - Social networks and entrepreneurship 15 ECTS


-        42903 - Public health  13 ECTS

-        42904 - Diseases in developing countries  13 ECTS

-        42905 - Health policy and management  10 ECTS




-        42918 - Master's final project  10 ECTS

ELECTIVES (only 20 credits, depending on the chosen orientation: research or professional)

-        42919 – External internships I (research-based guidance) 10 ECTS

-        42920 – Introduction to research (research-based guidance) 10 ECTS

-        42921 – External internships II 20 (vocational guidance) ECTS





The internships are directly linked to cooperation and are available in entities (NGOs, public bodies in cooperation, universities and research centres in development studies) located in developing countries as well as prestigious local organizations. In the recent past, the main destinations were: Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Cuba, Cameroon, Morocco, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Paraguay…


The University of Valencia offers a Programme of travel scholarships and health insurance for the internships abroad.



Admission criteria

To access the MCAD, you must submit the documentation required by the Universitat de València's Postgraduate Service during the established preregistration periods.



Scholarship Programme

Through its International Relations service the Universitat de València offers a Scholarship Programme for students from developing countries in order to study the Master's Degree in Development Aid at the Universitat de València.


Faculty Team

COMMON PART             

Josep María March (UVEG), Awatef Ketiti (UVEG) , Mbuyi Kabunda (UCM), Mª Jesús Martínez Usarralde (UVEG), Isabel Royo (UVEG), Raúl de Arriba (UVEG), Ana Sales (UVEG), Albert Mora (UVEG), Jorge Cardona (UVEG), Elena Mut Moltalvà (UVEG), Carmen Miguel (IPADE), Francesc Botella (Consellería de Sanitat), Nacho Martínez (Plataforma 2015)



Juan Ramón Gallego (UVEG), Joaquín Farinós (UVEG), Mª Luisa Vázquez (UVEG), Francesc Hernández (UVEG), Antonio Grandío (UJI), Sonia Agut (UJI), Rafael Chaves (UVEG), Raúl Contreras (NITTUA), Ana Sales (UVEG), Juan José Iborra (Consultor), Francisca Ginés (INFOSUD), Elena Mut (UVEG), Isabel Royo (UVEG), Javier Fernández (Cruz Roja)  



Ana Mª Sánchez García (UVEG), Antoni Merelles Tormo (UVEG), Ferran Ballester i Diez (UVEG), Francisco Donat Colomer (UVEG), Luisa Ruano Casado (UVEG), Gregori Sabater Rodríguez (Conselleria de Sanitat, G.V.), Joan Ferran Martínez Navarro (prof. Emérito, Escuela Nacional de Sanidad), José Miguel Soriano del Castillo (UVEG), Juan Onrubia Fuertes (UVEG), Carmen González Macià (Conselleria de Sanitat, G.V.), Lluís Francesc Sanjuan Nebot (UVEG), Rosario Martínez Navarro (Hosp. Clínic Universitari), Yolanda Aixelà Cabré (CSIC)



Leadership and Management Team

  • Francesc Xavier Uceda i Maza Director. Faculty of Social Sciences 
  • Ana Sales Ten Co-director. Faculty of Social Sciences
  • Elena Mut Montalvà Internship Coordinator Faculty of Social Sciences
  • Julia Salom Carrasco TFM Coordinator. Faculty of Geography and History
  • Mª Jesús Martínez Usarralde. Faculty of Philosophy and Educational Sciences
  • Antoni Merelles Tormo. Health Specialty Coordinator. Faculty of Nursing
  • Luisa Goicoechea Calderero Secretary. Faculty of Geography and History
  • Mari Carmen Marcos Ros Instituto Interuniversitario de Desarrollo Local (IIDL)


Preregistration and Enrolment

Postgraduate Service UVEG
Relevant information can be  found at:
Tel. +34 963 983 229 


Inter-university Institute for Local Development   (IIDL)

Place of study:

IIDL (Institutes Building Campus de Tarongers)

C/ Serpis, 29- 4th Floor.

Duration:October 2014- February 2016

Timetable: Monday to Thursday from 16:00 to 20:00


Contact for general information:  

Tel. (+34) 961 625 414


Contact for preregistration information:                Tel. (+34) 963 983 229 › Inicio › Postgraduate courses‎


Contact for scholarship information: › International Relations