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Master of Philosophy in Population Studies

: Tribhuvan University

: Master of Philosophy

: Humanities and social sciences

: 2 years and 6 months

: Semester Exam

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  • Central Department of Population Studies (CDPS) was established by Tribhuvan University Council in AD 1988 in order to run a full programme of Master of Arts (MA) in Population Studies. CDPS has updated MA courses in Population Studies in 2006. Beginning from AD 2008, it has introduced Master of Philosophy (MPhil) in Population Studies in order to train manpower in Demography at a higher level as a prerequisite to Doctor of Philosophy in Population Studies. MPhil courses range from technical demography at an advanced level to emerging socio-economic issues in the contemporary World. Such topics include, Human Development, Gender, Poverty, Reproductive Health, MGDs, Environment, Migration and Urbanization, Ageing, Applied and Business Demography, Adolescents, Youth and HIV/AIDS, Population and Conflict Resolution, Political Demography, Family and Household Demography, Global, Regional National Approach to Population Policies and Advanced Use of Internet in Demographic Research.

    Objectives
    The MPhil courses emphasize training in methodological, theoretical and empirical aspects of population research with multi-disciplinary focus.

    Admission Criteria
    Prospective students of MPhil must have possessed MA in Population Studies or Demography with at least first division from either Tribhuvan University (TU) or from other Universities recognized by TU. Students are admitted by screening through an entrance examination.

    Courses and Credit Hours
    There are altogether 17 courses of Population Studies at the MPhil level. Of these, four courses of five credit hours each are offered respectively in the first and in the second semester. Students have to submit a comprehensive research based thesis of ten credit hours in the third semester upon successful completion of semester courses.

    The Central Department of Population Studies has proposed 8 courses for MPhil programme, each consisting of 5 credit hours. The duration of the programme will be three semesters. Each of the first and the second semester will be devoted to teaching 20 credit hour courses. The third semester will be devoted to preparing thesis with 10 credit hours. 

    (Source: Central Department of Population Studies Kirtipur, Kathmandu)  

    Admission Criteria
    Prospective students of MPhil must have possessed MA in Population Studies or Demography with at least second division from either Tribhuvan University (TU) or from other Universities recognized by TU. Students are admitted by screening through an entrance examination.
     
    Courses and Credit Hours
     
    The Central Department of Population Studies has proposed 8 courses for M. Phil. programme, each consisting of 3 credit hours. The duration of the programme will be of three semesters. Each of the first and the second semester will be devoted to teaching 12 credit hour courses. The third semester will be devoted to preparing thesis with 6 credit hours. Final Examination carries 30 marks. Internal assessments and a research paper will carry 10 marks each. 
     
    First Semester: (4 courses x 3 credit hrs = 12 credit hrs)
    Compulsory Courses
    Pop. 621: Population and Development: Theories and Practices 
    Pop. 622: Advanced Demographic Analysis
    Pop. 623: Population and Human Development 
     
    Optional papers (any one)
    Pop. 624 A: Demographic of Ageing
    Pop. 624 B: Population, Environment and Development 
     
    Second Semester: (4 courses x 3 credit hrs = 12 credit hrs)
    Compulsory Papers
    Pop. 625: Research Methods in Population Studies 
    Pop. 626: Migration, Urbanization and Development
    Pop. 627: Gender, Poverty and Development 
     
    Optional Papers (any one)
    Pop. 628 A: Reproductive Health 
    Pop. 628 B: Population Policies and Programmes 
     
    Third Semester: 
    Thesis: 6 credit hours
    Pop. 699: Thesis 
     
    Third semester will be the compulsory thesis writing semester.

     

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