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MS (Development Studies)

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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:

Eligibility:
  • 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


1- MS (Course Based Stream)

The scheme of study is as follows:

  • 02 Core Courses (6 Credit Hours)
  • 02 University Electives (6 Credit Hours)
  • 06 Electives (18 Credit Hours) No IRS or Thesis

First Year

Fall Semester

Sr. No Course Code Course Title Pre-Req
1 DS 5101 Research Methodologies
2 DS 5102 Statistical Methods
3 DS 5xxx University Elective-I
4 DS 5xxx Elective-I

Spring Semester

Sr. No Course Code Course Title Pre-Req
1 DS 5xxx University Elective-II
2 DS 5xxx Elective-II
3 DS 5xxx Elective-III
4 DS 5xxx Elective-IV

SecondĀ  Year

Fall Semester

Sr. No Course Code Course Title Pre-Req
1 DS 5xxx Elective-V
2 DS 5xxx Elective-VI

 


2-MS (Research Based Stream)

The scheme of study is as follows:

  • 02 Core Courses (6 Credit Hours)
  • 02 University Electives (6 Credit Hours)
  • 04 Electives (18 Credit Hours)
  • 02 IRSs or Thesis (6 Credit Hours)

First Year

Fall Semester

Sr. No Course Code Course Title Pre-Req
1 DS 5101 Research Methodologies
2 DS 5102 Statistical Methods
3 DS 5xxx University Elective-I
4 DS 5xxx Elective-I

Spring Semester

Sr. No Course Code Course Title Pre-Req
1 DS 5xxx University Elective-II
2 DS 5xxx Elective-II
3 DS 5xxx Elective-III
4 DS 5xxx Elective-IV

SecondĀ  Year

Fall Semester

Sr. No Course Code Course Title Pre-Req
1 DS 5108 Independent Research Study-I DS 5101, DS 5102
2 DS 5208 Independent Research Study-II DS 5101, DS 5102

OR

Sr. No Course Code Course Title Pre-Req
1 DS 5xxx Thesis (Part I) DS 5101, DS 5102

Spring Semester

Sr. No Course Code Course Title Pre-Req
1 DS 5xxx Thesis (Part II) DS 5101, DS 5102

Electives
DS 5103 The Economics of Developing Countries
DS 5211 Public Policy Managment
DS 5312 Globalization & Developing Countries
DS 5313 The Political Economy of Pakistan
DS 5315 Gender and Development
DS 5316 Right Based Approaches to Development
DS 5317 Conflict Management & Negotiation Skills
DS xxxx Sustainable Mountain Development
DS xxxx Migration & Development

University Electives
DS 5104 Theories of Development
DS 5105 Disasters and Development
DS 5204 Sustainable Development
DS 5314 Development Management

Thesis Option
Students may opt for thesis in lieu of two IRS. Thesis can be taken once all core courses & three elective courses, are completed.Registration in thesis is allowed in two semesters with 3 credit hours per semester.
Maximum two interdisciplinary courses can be allowed with the approval of the concerned program managers. All courses may not be offered in every semester. Elective courses may vary from time to time. Alternative courses may be substituted as and when required

Department Info

Department of Social Sciences

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

051-4863363-65
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