MA in Development Studies

Programme Description

This two-year MA programme in Development Studies will attempt to equip students with the ability to address the challenges of development and public policy as they affect developing societies.

The inter-disciplinary programme is based on the foundations provided by the disciplines of Sociology, Political Science and Economics and is taught and guided by faculty from a whole range of disciplines and specialisations in the social sciences.

This programme will introduce students to the rich theoretical foundations of the debates on development and will be based on experiences from across developingcountries, especially India. It is structured around a learning of development theory, an understanding of growth and development, and broad debates on the structures of political and economic arrangements epitomized by states, markets and society.

The programme will attempt to take students through theoretical foundations underpinning the social sciences, develop an understanding of the debates and strategies around different sectors of the economy, society and polity and sensitise students to issues of discrimination and marginalisation in developing societies. 


Programme Structure

Total Number of Courses: 16

Core (Compulsory) Courses: 8 (Total Credits 32)

Optional/Elective Courses: 8 (4 of 4 credits each and 3 of 2 credits each, Total credits 22)
Internship: 2 (Total Credits 24)

Dissertation (including dissertation workshop course): (Total Credits 8)

Teaching will be done through class lectures, workshops, seminars and field projects. The programme emphasises research and analytical skills, oral and written communication, and exposure to development practice. A strong component on research methodology will comprise courses in basic research skills, quantitative and qualitative techniques, social science research and participatory rural appraisal.

Each 16-week, 4-credit course is structured around a range of topics (or modules) that will be taught in 4 hours each week. 2-credit courses are taught in modules of 2 hours each week for 12 weeks, or for 4 hours per week for 6 weeks. Study modules are a combination of lectures, student presentations and class discussions. Students are expected to read up 50-100 pages for each module. Guest faculty are frequently invited to teach to supplement the knowledge and expertise available within the School and provide exposure to the world of practice. Faculty of SDS will be actively involved in mentoring and guiding students for internships, supervision of dissertations and dealing with problems that students face during course work. The teaching schedule will include specified hours for student-teacher interaction outside of classroom hours including tutorials. Weaknesses in writing ability and communication among first-year students will be dealt with by giving opportunities for re-submission of assignments/ papers (subject to course deadlines). In addition, several field trips will be organised that involve close interaction with and teaching of students in a non-classroom environment.

DURATION 2 years (4 semesters) Full Time



The candidate must have a Bachelor’s degree with 45% marks (or equivalent grades) from a recognised university in any discipline. Relaxation of 5 per cent for candidates belonging to Schedule caste, Schedule Tribes, and Physically handicapped. Meeting the eligibility criteria is a must for appearing in the entrance examination.



Fee Structure

A sum of of Rs. 16,000 will be charged as fees for each semester, and Rs. 500 will be charged as contribution to the Student Welfare Fund. The total fee payable at the time of admission will be Rs. 18,500 which includes Rs. 16,000 for Semester 1, a refundable caution deposit of Rs. 2,000 and Rs. 500 for the Student Welfare Fund. For details of fee refund, please refer to the University Bulletin of Information.

The University offers full and partial fee waivers to students who are in need of support given their economic backgrounds. In fact, 25 per cent of the fees collected from students are returned to the economically disadvantaged students by way of Fee waivers and scholarships. Over the previous 3 years, 229 students have been awarded fee waivers. Most of these have been full fee waivers.

The University has also created a Student Welfare Fund in order to support needy students in bearing the costs of study material, like photocopying, textbooks, and even subsistence.


Admission Procedure

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