Master of Science in Development Studies


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Course Overview

Develop the analytical and practical skills required to address some of today’s most pressing global challenges including inequality, sustainability and security. You’ll develop an understanding of the main debates in development, and engage in informed and critical ways with professionals from diverse backgrounds. Download Course Catalog.

Program Structure:

Course Code First Semester Courses Credit
MDS 401 Ideas in Development and Policy, Evidence and Practice 5
MDS 402 Research Design 5
MDS 403 Dissertation Development Studies 5
MDS 404 Economic Perspectives on Development 5
MDS 405 Gender, Identity and Inclusion 5
MDS 406 Political Economy Perspectives on Development 5
Course Code Second Semester Courses Credit
MDS 411 Power and Social Perspectives on Development 5
MDS 412 Aid and Poverty: the Political Economy of International Development Assistance 5
MDS 413 Climate Change and Development 5
MDS 414 Competing in the Green Economy 5
MDS 415 Debating Poverty and Vulnerability: Policy and Programming 5
MDS 416 Democracy and Public Policy 5
Course Code Third Semester Courses Credit
MDS 501 Designing Critical Enquiry 5
MDS 502 Development in Cities 5
MDS 503 Governance of Violent Conflict and (In)security 5
MDS 504 Nutrition 5
MDS 505 Poverty, Violence and Conflict 5
MDS 506 Public Financial Management 5
Course Code Fourth Semester Courses Credit
MDS 511 Reflective and Creative Practice for Social Change 5
MDS 512 Sexuality and Development: Intimacies, Health and Rights in Global Perspective 5
MDS 513 Sustainability and Policy Processes: Issues in Agriculture, Environment and Health 5
MDS 514 The Politics of Gender 5
MDS 515 Theory and Practice of Impact Evaluation 5
MDS 516 Master Thesis 5


Career Opportunities

A degree in International Development Studies provides a great background for many social careers, including:

  • Foreign correspondent.
  • Teacher.
  • International aid worker.
  • Immigration officer.
  • Economic development officer
  • Foreign service officer
  • Medical doctor
  • Lawyer.


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