Bachelor in Development Studies | Kathmandu University

Kathmandu University (K.U) offers a Bachelor's degree in the sector of Arts and Sociology which is entitled as Bachelor in Development Studies (BDeVS). BDeVS is a four years course and it’s based on semester basis. Altogether this degree is divided into 8 semesters. Couple of years ago, BDeVS used to be a three year program which was later extended to four years course. Each semester consists of 16 intensive study weeks. This course focuses on both theoretical and practical teaching process. BDeVS course contains 127 credits.

Kathmandu University (K.U) provides an extensive curriculum with some challenging academic course. The teaching faculty is committed to teaching and research. Ground visit is also a supreme part of the curriculum which enhances the practical knowledge to produce some great results. This degree consists of individual topics such as Demography, Anthropology, Political Science, History, Economics, Philosophy, International Relations, Ecology, Sociology, Geography and Public Management.

List of Bachelor in Development Studies Colleges

Below is the list of colleges for Bachelor in Development Studies program under Kathmandu University in Nepal.

Objectives of Bachelor in Development Studies

Upon the completion of this program, Kathmandu University believes that the BDeVS graduates will be equipped with the necessary knowledge and practical skills on GIS (Geographical Information System), Environmental Impact Assessment, Project Management and Evaluation, Development Research, and Community Mobilization. Besides this, some of the major objective of this course is listed below:

  • To learn about sustainable growth.
  • To prepare students to work in diverse cultural and socio-economic settings in both rural and urban settings.
  • To enhance the leadership quality in students.

Admission Requirements in Bachelor in Development Studies

There is certain admission criterion imposed by Kathmandu University, which must have to be followed by the applicants. The applicant must have to pass higher Secondary examination in any stream with a score of at least second division. The applicants must have to undergo entrance examination conducted by Kathmandu University (K.U). Students qualifying entrance examination will be called for a personal interview. Only short-listed applicants will get admission which is totally on the merit basis.

There are total of 66 seats available for admission in which 60 seats are for Nepali students and the remaining 6 seats for foreign students. Brilliant students are offered scholarship annually in which one student is provided with full scholarship. Other than that, college also tries to provide financial support through various NGOs and INGOs.

Bachelor in Development Studies Syllabus


First Semester

  • Introduction to Microeconomics
  • English I
  • Introduction to Ecology and Environment
  • Linear Algebra
  • Nepali I (Grammar and Writing)
  • Introduction to Sociology and Anthropology

Second Semester

  • Concepts and Theories of Development
  • Macroeconomics
  • English II
  • Calculus and Application
  • Nepali II (Literature and Research)
  • Introductory Statistics

Third Semester

  • Community Development
  • Monetary Economics
  • Community Based Natural Resource Management
  • Human Behavior and Organizations
  • Nepalese Culture and Society
  • Statistics II

Fourth Semester

  • Nepalís Political and Constitutional Development
  • Development Communication
  • Agriculture and Development
  • Public Finance and Budgeting
  • Education for Sustainable Development
  • Gender, Caste, Ethnicity and Social Inclusion

Fifth Semester

  • Conflict Resolution
  • Project Management
  • Microfinance and Enterprise
  • Environment Policy and Law
  • Geographical Information System and Remote Sensing
  • Governance and Development

Sixth Semester

  • Research Methodology
  • Urban Planning and Development
  • Project Evaluation
  • Development Economics
  • Environment Assessment
  • Tourism and Development

Seventh Semester

  • Proposal/Report Writing, and Presentation
  • Elective (select one field of three subjects) Filed A- Economic Development 1- Poverty & Food Security
  • Elective (select one field of three subjects) Filed A- Economic Development 2- Resource Economics
  • Elective (select one field of three subjects) Filed A- Economic Development 3- International Trade & Development
  • Elective (select one field of three subjects) Filed B- Environment and Development 1- Earth Science
  • Elective (select one field of three subjects) Filed B- Environment and Development 2- Ecosystem Services
  • Elective (select one field of three subjects) Filed B- Environment and Development 3- Integrated Watershed Management
  • Elective (select one field of three subjects) Filed C- Social Development 1- Child Rights
  • Elective (select one field of three subjects) Filed C- Social Development 2- Public Health
  • Elective (select one field of three subjects) Filed C- Social Development 3- Urban Sociology

Eighth Semester

  • Project Work
  • International Relations

Scope and Career Prospects

According to Kathmandu University, this degree mainly focuses on improving living standard of people. The activities of growth demands, effective utilization of human and financial resources. So, the basic concept of the course comprises of disciplines such as concepts and theories, project management, community expansion, conflict management, environmental management, resource management, good governance and many more. Deep knowledge and skills in such disciplines certainly helps to produce professionals who can implement development process.

The graduates of this degree can get career opportunities in the global organizations like World Bank, United Nations, private sector consultancy firms, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and research centers. The salary is also satisfactory considering if it is either a government or non-government organization.  This program's graduates are qualified for the Masters in Development Studies (MDevS), Masters in Sociology, Economics, Environmental Studies, Human and Natural Resources Management, Regional Planning, International Relations, Development Management, and other socio-economic related interdisciplinary programs including MBA among the others.

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