Bachelor in Development Studies

Bachelor in Development Studies

4 years


An internationally recognized and demand driven program affiliated to Kathmandu University, Bachelor in Development Studies (BDevS) emphasizes sustainable development and practices introducing the scholars an interdisciplinary study of Economics, Sociology, Environment, Development Management, and Research. This semester system program spreads over 8 semesters in 4 years. Each semester consists of 16 intensive study weeks – theoretical and practical. The course contains 130 credits.

PROGRAM OUTCOMEUpon the completion of this program, BDevs graduates will be equipped with the necessary knowledge and practical skills onGIS (Geographical Information System), Environmental Impact Assessment, Project Management and Evaluation, DevelopmentResearch, and Community Mobilization.


There is a high need of sustainable development practitioners in the developing countries like Nepal and the BDevS graduates are fulfilling this demand. BDevS graduates from National College have been working in the NGO/ INGOs led development projects,government organizations, donor agencies, and corporate sectors, independent research works along with their self-employmentprojects. This program’s graduates are qualified for the Master in Development Studies (MDevS), Master in Sociology, Economics,Environmental Studies, Human and Natural Resources Management, Regional Planning, International Relations, Development Management, and other socio-economic related interdisciplinary programs including MBA among the others.


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.

Job Prospects

BDevS graduates from National College have been working in the NGO/ INGOs led development projects, government organizations, donor agencies, and corporate sectors, independent research works along with their self-employment projects. This program’s graduates are qualified for the Master in Development Studies (MDevS), Master in Sociology, Economics, Environmental Studies, Human and Natural Resources Management, Regional Planning, International Relations, Development Management, and other socio-economic related interdisciplinary programs including MBA among the others.

Curricular Structure

First Year First Semester 3 credit each 

  • Micro economics
  • English I
  • Ecology and Environment 
  • Basic Linear Algebra and Applications
  • Nepali I (Grammar and Writing) 
  • Introduction to Sociology and Anthropology 
  • Innovation in Development (I Credit)

First Year Second Semester 3 credit each 

  • Concepts and Theories of Development
  • Macro economics 
  • English Il 
  • Basic Calculus and Applications 
  • Nepali II (Literature and Research) 
  • Introductory Statistics

Second Year I Semester 3 credit each

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

Second Year II Semester 3 credit each

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

Third Year I Semester 3 credit each

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

Third Year II Semester 3 credit each

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

Fourth Year I Semester 3 credit each

  • Proposal/Report Writing and Presentation 
  • Poverty & Food Security 
  • Public Health 
  • Internship

Fourth Year II Semester

  • Project Work (6 credit)
  • International Relations (3 credit)

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