The regulations for the Master of Science Degree hereinafter referred to as the Master of Science in Development Studies (MSc DS) complement but are subordinate to the University General Academic Regulations for Master’s Degree by Coursework, hereinafter referred to as the General Academic Regulations

Duration of Programme and Delivery Systems

The Programme consisting of coursework shall normally be completed over a maximum period of 24 months on a part-time block-release basis. The academic year shall begin in July/August. On a block release basis, delivery shall be allocated as follows:

First Year

Part I, Block One, 4 Modules
Part II, Block Two, 4 Modules

Second Year

Part III, Block Three, 4 Modules
Part IV,Block Four, Dissertation

Therefore the Programme shall consist of twelve (12) Modules and a Dissertation.

Entry Requirements

To be considered for admission into the MSc Programme, a candidate should normally hold an honours degree in Development Studies or equivalent from a recognised university;


Hold a bachelor’s degree from a recognised university, plus a Postgraduate Diploma in Development Studies or equivalent.

NOTE: All Short-listed candidates for admission to the MSc in Development Studies Programme shall be interviewed as part of the selection process.


The programme is aimed at imparting formal training on development to people either employed in the development sector at various levels of responsibility, or those intending to carve a career in development but who lack the requisite tertiary level training. Candidates will be taught advanced development principles and the programme has a natural base in the study of those disciplines that are generally accepted as contributing to the various activities of an all-round development practitioner. Specifically, it aims to blend practical work experience with the theoretical aspects underpinning development studies.
The programme will cater for the development training needs of practitioners in the NGO and public sectors, and those intending to have a career in development work, whilst enabling development practitioners to have a grasp of the total concept of development, from both local and international perspectives.

First Block

MDS5101 Development Theory, Policy and Practice
MDS5102 Development Economics
MDS5103 Governance and Development
MDS5104 The Natural Environment and Development

Second Block

MDS5201 Development Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation
MDS5202 Rights Based Programming
MDS5203 International Development Issues and Trends
MDS5204 Research Methods

Third Block

MDS5301 Management of Development Institutions and Programme
MDS5302 Dimensions of Poverty Reductions
MDS5303 Civil Society and Development
MDS5304 Social & Political Change in Developing Countries

Fourth Block

MDS5400 Dissertation

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