Islamabad Campus

MS (Development Studies)


MS (Development Studies)

Development Studies is a dynamic field concerned with social and economic changes and the policy challenges. It is a multidisciplinary branch of social sciences that addresses issues of local, regional, national, and global concerns. Development Studies critically examines issues of development and under-development and the role of communities, social movements, governments of all levels, international aid organizations, and multilateral financial institutions. It helps to understand how our lives are transformed by social, economic, and political changes at local, regional, national, and international levels. It emphasizes the importance of local knowledge and challenges the historical view of using modern knowledge for solving problems of developing countries. Sustainable development is one of the greatest challenges faced by both the developing and the developed world.

The Faculty of Social Sciences offers a program of studies leading to an MS of international standard in Development Studies (equivalent to M. Phil) with a strong focus on training in the theory and methods relevant to development studies. The MS Program aims to equip graduates to apply new insights in policy analysis in a practical context. SZABIST has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Sustainable Development Policy Institute, Islamabad. Students of Development Studies often choose careers in international organizations such as the United Nations, the World Bank, non-governmental organizations, private sector development consultancy firms, and research centers.

MS can be completed during the evenings in 1.5 years after a four years Bachelors or a Master’s degree. There are two streams available for MS (Development Studies). One Stream is Course Work Based Stream and the other one is Research-based Stream. In Course Work Stream, the student is required to complete 10 courses of 3 credit hours each. In the Research-Based Stream, the student is required to complete 8 Courses (24 Credit Hours) and Two IRS (6 Credit Hours) OR One Thesis (6 Credit Hours). In both the streams, 30 Credit hours are to be completed. The time limit to earn an MS degree is from 1.5 to 4 years. The detail of the two streams is as follows:

  • 16 years of education in a related field with minimum 2nd Division/ marks or CGPA 2.00.
  • GAT General/ HAT relevant with min. 50% score

Course Curriculum

The student I srequired to complete 6 couses,2 Independent studies (IS) and a thesis ,with a minimum of 30 credit hours.The break up of 30 credit hours is as follow:

Course Structure

  • 2 Compulsory courses

  • 2 Core Courses

  • 2 Independent Studies (ISs)

  • 2 Electives Courses

  • Thesis or 2 Electives Courses


DS 5101 Research Methodologies (Pre-Requisite)
DS 5102 Statistical Methods (Pre-Requisite)
DS 5xxx Core I
Ds 5xxx Elective I

DS 5xxx Core II
DS 5xxx Elective II
DS 5108 Independent Study II (Compulsory)

DS 5208 Independent Study II (Compulsory)


DS 5409 Thesis or 02 additional courses


DS 5xxx Theories of Development
DS 5xxx Development Management
DS 5xxx Disasters and Development
DS 5xxx Sustainable Development


DS 5103 the Economics of Developing Countries
DS 5xxx Political Economy of Pakistan
DS 5xxx Globalization and Developing Countries
DS 5xxx Public Policy Management
DS 5xxx Gender and Development

Maximum two interdisciplinary courses can be allowed with the approval of the concerned program managers. Elective courses may vary from time to time. All courses many not necessarily be offered every year/Alternate courses may be substituted as and when needed.

Summer semester is not a regular semester. Only 03 credit hours can be registered in Summer Semester. IS will be presented in Fall Semester.

Department Info

Department of Social Sciences

Street # 09, Plot # 67
Sector H-8/4, Islamabad, Pakistan