The two-year MA Development Studies Programme is transacted through classroom lectures, workshops, seminars, and field projects. The programme emphasises research and analytical skills, oral and written communication, and exposure to development practice. The programme lays a strong emphasis on training students in social research in the broad space of development.
Core (Compulsory) Courses: 8 (Total credits: 32)
Optional/Elective Courses: 22 credits
Internship: 2 credits
Dissertation (including 2 credits Dissertation Writing Workshop course): 8 credits
Each course offered under this programme is structured around a range of topics (or modules). Whereas 4 credit courses are transacted through 4 contact hours each week throughout the semester, 2-credit courses involve 2 contact hours per week for the whole semester or 4 contact hours per week for half semester. Study modules are a combination of lectures, student presentations and classroom discussions. Students are expected to read 50-100 pages for each module. Optional courses are offered in the areas of expertise of faculty members. Guest faculty is frequently invited to supplement the knowledge and provide exposure to the world of practice. Faculty members of SDS are actively involved in mentoring and guiding students for course work, internship, and dissertation. While the teaching schedule includes specified hours for classroom interaction, students are encouraged to consult faculty members outside the classroom space. Students with language difficulties receive special attention from faculty members. When possible, field trips are organised keeping academic interest in mind. Field trips involve close interaction with and teaching of students in an extra-mural environment.
After successful completion of the MA in Development Studies programme, it is expected that graduates will be equipped to work in development organisations, government agencies, corporations and financial institutions, non-government organisations, consultancy firms, civil society initiatives, media, and academia.