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MS (Development Studies)

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MS (Development Studies)

Development studies is a multidisciplinary subject that focuses on the evolution of nations from political, cultural, geographical, and socio-economic perspectives. Development studies is about understanding the current political landscape by examining their origins, which then enables academics, politicians, and world charity organizations to make better plans for the future.

Students of Development Studies at SZABIST Islamabad often choose careers in ministry of planning, International organizations such as the United Nations, the World Bank, non-governmental organizations, private sector development consultancy firms, and research centers.

There are two streams for the course i.e. Course work based and Research based. To attain a MS degree in #Development Studies with course work scholar is required to complete 10 courses of 30 credit hours. Alternatively, research based stream includes 8 courses (24 credit hours) and a thesis or 2 IRS (6 Credit Hours). The time limit to earn the degree is 1.5 to 4 years.

Eligibility:
  • Sixteen years of education in a related field with minimum 2nd Division/ marks or CGPA 2.00.
  • Candidates will be required to pass the entry test and interview conducted by SZABIST, Islamabad
  • GAT General / HAT relevant / GRE with minimum 50% Marks is mandatory for all MS programs

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  

Second  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 (12 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  

Second  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