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Masters of Philosophy in Development Studies | KU

Master of Philosophy in Development Studies is a one and a half year course offered by Kathmandu University's School of Education. The program was initiated in 2005 and follows a semester system divided into three semesters. The total course consists of 36 credit hours, with 12 credit hours for core courses, 15 credit hours for concentration courses, 3 credit hours for foundation courses, and 6 credit hours for the dissertation.

In the core courses, students have the option to choose between advanced qualitative research methods and advanced quantitative research methods. The concentration courses cover subjects such as Sociology of Education, Program Monitoring and Evaluation, Economics of Education, Theory and Practice in Education and Development, and Diversity Education. The program aims to provide students with a multidimensional understanding of development and equip them to engage in academic and professional work, conduct high-quality research, and lead and manage development programs.

Objectives of Masters of Philosophy in Development Studies

The objectives of Master of Philosophy in Development Studies program are as follows:

  • To familiarize students with the latest trends and practices in national and international development and engage them in academic and professional work.
  • To develop students' competence in planning, designing, and conducting research with high academic standards and provide them with knowledge of various statistical tools.
  • To prepare students to take a central role in leading and managing development programs in both the private and public sectors.
  • To enable students to understand the challenges and opportunities and develop appropriate frameworks for the development of Nepal.

Admission Requirements in Masters of Philosophy in Development Studies

Eligibility Criteria:

The eligibility criteria for Masters of Philosophy in Development Studies program are as follows:

  • Students must have a Master's degree in any discipline with a CGPA of 3.0 or at least 50% aggregate score at the Master's level.

Entrance Exam:

The entrance exam for Masters of Philosophy in Development Studies program can be conducted with various features like:

  • Kathmandu University conducts a written entrance exam.
  • Candidates must also appear for an interview, which is mandatory.
  • Based on the performance in the entrance exam, a merit list is published, and students are enrolled in the course.

Career and Scope

Development studies have significant scope in countries like Nepal, which are striving for development. A strong foundation in development studies is crucial for formulating plans and policies that cater to the country's needs. Graduates of the M.Phil. program can work as researchers in various organizations focused on development studies. There are numerous opportunities in NGOs/INGOs, where graduates can work in different positions and earn a good salary based on their qualifications.

Additionally, graduates can pursue careers as teachers, lecturers, and trainers in universities and colleges. The field also opens doors to careers in journalism, writing, editing, advising, freelancing, and other exciting opportunities. Talented graduates may also explore job opportunities in foreign countries.