Master of Development Studies

The main objective of the Masters of Arts, Development Studies, is to prepare and equip graduates with general training in development-related issues.
The educational aims of the programme are:
• Develop specialist in-depth understanding of development issues
• Provide students with a multi-disciplinary understanding of the changing trends in development thinking with an in depth knowledge of evolving theoretical, conceptual and policy debates
• Foster students’ ability to collect, analyse and interpret information on key issues development and to use this to construct reasoned, evidenced argument
• Develop students’ ability to apply knowledge, to work in cultures other than their own and within a multicultural environment
• Develop abilities and skills as a self-motivated, autonomous learner
• Develop a range of analytic and graduate skills adequate for a range of professional and life Situations


The programme is open to candidates with a variety of background and interests in either general or specific development functional areas. However, prospective candidates must satisfy the following minimum requirements:
• Must have a first or second class degree honours from a recognized university/higher learning institute.
• Applicants holding a pass degree may be considered for admission, if: The GPA is not below 2.5; and have satisfied the SODEESA of their academic potential through GMAT, its equivalent or additional training at postgraduate diploma level and approved by the SODEESA Board.


The four semester programme consists of 12 modules, which comprise of 16 courses, as well as a compulsory research paper which carries 5 units to make a total of 18 units to complete the programme.

MDS 7101 Development Theory & Practice 1 10
MDS 7102 Globalization & Africa 1 10
MDS 7103 Sustainable Development 1 10
MDS 7104 Rural Development 1 10
MDS 7105 Decentralization 1 10
MDS 7106 Introduction to Human Rights 1 10
MDS 7207 Research Methodology 1 10
MDS 7208 Understanding NGOs 1 10
MDS 7209 Project Planning & Management for Development 1 10
MDS 7210 Women & Youth Empowerment & Development 1 10
MDS 7211 Community Health Promotion 1 10
MDS 7212 Microfinance and Development 1 10
Research Paper 6 60
Total 18 180