Bachelor in Development Studies (BDeVS) - Kathmandu University

Kathmandu University


4 year(s)

Bachelor in Development Studies (BDevS) is a four year, (eight- semester) professional program run by Kathmandu University. This program aims in building students’ capacity for the promotion of sustainable development.

Specific features of this program are:

  • A demand-driven and result-oriented academic program
  • A flexible curriculum responsive to dynamism of development
  • Its interdisciplinary framework incorporates concepts and theories of field such as Development, Economics, Socio-Anthropology, Ecology and Environment Management, Research Methods and Project Analysis.
  • Its global and comparative perspective
  • Its focus on contemporary issues and debates.
  • Rigorous analytical and issue based assessments
  • Field visits to apply theories learned in the classroom to the real work


  • To inculcate interdisciplinary knowledge and skills related to development
  • To enable students to learn theories and concepts that help in exploring the paths leading to sustainable development
  • To prepare graduates to be able to work in diverse socio-economic and cultural settings of the country both in rural and in urban areas
  • To develop effective leadership qualities among the students so as to materialize development works in the areas of need with higher level of achievement
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Students from all streams such as humanities, management, science or vocations are eligible to apply.

Requirements for admission to the programs include minimum 45% in the aggregate in 10+2 (Higher Secondary Education Board) or equivalent in any stream or at least grade D in three subjects in Advance Level.

Students will have to pass an entrance test compromising of written and oral parts. The written test will be in Mathematics, English and General Knowledge.

Students will be selected from the merit list prepared on the basis of the scores in 10+2 or Advance level, the written examination and interview.

Curricular structure

First Year First Semester 17 Credit Hours 

  • Introduction to Micro Economics 3
  • English I  3
  • Introduction to Ecology and Environment  3
  • Linear Algebra 2
  • Nepali I (Grammar and Writing)  3
  • Concepts & Theories of Development  3

First Year Second Semester 17 Credit Hours 

  • Concepts and Theories of Development 3
  • Macro Economics 3
  • English II 3
  • Calculus and Application 3
  • Nepali II (Literature and Research) 3
  • Introductory Statistics 3

Second Year First Semester 18 Credit Hours 

  • Community Development 3
  • Monetary Economics 3
  • Community Based Natural Resource Management 3
  • Human Behavior and Organizations 3
  • Nepalese Culture and Society 3
  • Statistics II 3

Second Year Second Semester 18 Credit Hours 

  • Nepal’s Political and Constitutional Development 3
  • Development Communication 3
  • Agriculture and Development 3
  • Public Finance and Budgeting 3
  • Education for Sustainable Development 3
  • Gender, Caste, Ethnicity and Social Inclusion 3

Third Year First Semester 18 Credit Hours 

  • Conflict Resolution 3
  • Project Management 3
  • Microfinance and Enterprise 3
  • Environment Policy and Law 3
  • Geographical Information System and Remote Sensing 3
  • Governance and Development 3

Third Semester Second Semester 18 Credit Hours 

  • Research Methodology 3
  • Urban Planning and Development 3
  • Project Evaluation 3
  • Development Economics 3
  • Environment Assessment 3
  • Tourism and Development 3

Fourth Year First Semester 12 Credit Hours 

  • Proposal/Report Writing, and Presentation 3
  • Elective (select one field of three subjects) * 3

Fourth Year Second Semester 9 Credit Hours

  • Project Work 6
  • International Relations 3

*Elective (select one field of three subjects from anyone branch of specialization):

AreaCourse TitleCredit
Economic DevelopmentPoverty & Food Security3
Resource Economics3
International Trade & Development3
Environment and DevelopmentEarth Science3
Ecosystem Services3
Integrated Watershed Management3
Social DevelopmentChild Rights3
Public Health3
Urban Sociology3

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