MA in Conflict, Peace and Development Studies (CPDS)

MA in Conflict, Peace and Development Studies (CPDS)

Masters ·
2 years

Conflict, Peace and Development Studies (CPDS) is a two-year, four-semester collaborative MA program between the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (UMB) in Aas, Eastern University, Batticaloa and University of Ruhuna, Matara in Sri Lanka, and Tribhuvan University in Kathmandu, Nepal. This program provides ample incentives to female students as gender incentives. Also, there are some limited incentives for male students for their research activities. 

Tribhuvan University (TU) designed the Conflict, Peace and Development Studies (CPDS) as a multidisciplinary Masters program that draws on key insights and strengths from several disciplines in social sciences, humanities, environmental sciences and philosophy to provide a comprehensive understanding of the multi-faceted phenomena.

Through a rigorous program of lectures, seminars, research, fieldwork, and internship, the four-semester, two-year M. A. program strives to impart theoretical, methodological, and practical set of knowledge and skills that will equip the CPDS graduates to operate in a variety of roles including academic teaching and research, policy analysis, and as hands-on practitioners in conflict mediation, negotiation, and peace building at local, national, and international level.

As a new center dedicated to the teaching and research, CPDS is expected to emerge as a professional forum for academics and practitioners working in the field of conflict, security, and peace.

CPDS is pleased to announce the applications for a limited number of seats for its fifth batch (cohort). The Multi-disciplinary MA program offers a limited number of NOMA Scholarships to outstanding students meeting institutional criteria. English is the medium of instruction and examination. The prospective candidates are expected to have a good command of written and spoken English with computer knowledge.

Salient Features

What is the total cost of the program?

For Nepali students, the total tuition fees cost NRs 1,25,000.00. NRs 35,000.00 must be paid at the time of admission and remaining NRs 90,000.00 is payble at the rate of NRs 30,000 in each semester.  NRs 800.00 charged for entrance examination and NRs 570 is charged in each semester as examination fee.

For the students of other SAARC countries: NRs 1,56,250.00 for the whole program.

For the students except SAARC countries: NRs 1,87,500.00 for the whole program.

Q:  What kind of program is CPDS?

A: Conflict, Peace and Development Studies (CPDS) is a two-year / four-semester multiplinary and interdisciplinary MA program designed by Tribhuvan University, Nepal. 

Q: Which Institution awards the degree of MA in Conflict, Peace and Development Studies?

A: Tribhuvan University awards the degree of MA in Conflict, Peace and Development Studies.

Q: Who are the partners of the program?

A: The program is a collaboration between University of Life Sciences, Aas, Norway; University of Ruhuna, Matara, Sri Lanka; Eastern University, Batticaloa, Sri Lanka and Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu, Nepal.

Q: When is New Admission Open announced?

A: New Admission open once a year during April-May.

Q: What is the total number of seats allocated?

A: The total number of seats allocated is 50.

Q: What is the time schedule of classes?

A: Classes run everyday from 4pm to 8pm except on Saturdays and public holidays.

Eligibility

The candidate must possess the following eligible criteria to apply for the program.

1. A Bachelor Degree in any faculty / discipline with second division marks from Tribhuvan University or the university recognized by Tribhuvan University.

2. Proficiency in written and spoken English.

3. Related work, research, and publication experience is given priority.

Moreover, women, dalits, janajatis, other marginalized are encouraged to apply for the program.

Admission Criteria

Enrollment to CPDS is announced once in a year. Students holding either a Bachelor's Degree from Tribhuvan University or an equivalent of this degree from any university recognized by Tribhuvan University shall be eligible to apply for admission in this program.

Applicants seeking admission to this program must appear in an entrance examination conducted by Tribhuvan University. Applicants who fail either to appear in the entrance examination or to obtain a minimum qualifying score will not be given admission. Admission of the students will be based on the merit list and the enrollment capacity of the class as fixed by the program. English is the medium of language in the entrance examination as well as all other class activities, presentations, report writing, and examinations/tests.

Curricular Structure

A successful completion of 62 credit hours is required to obtain the degree of M.A. in Conflict, Peace and Development Studies (CPDS). Out of 62 credit hours, first and second semester carry 16 credit hours each while third and fourth carry 15 credit hours each. The curriculum has been designed in such a way that students will be more focused on research activities along with academic courses. The courses, Research Methods (CPDS 555) in first semester and Research Practicum, Fieldwork and Report Writing (CPDS 565) in second semester have been given the weightage of 4 credit hours each. Students aspiring to have a focus on research can choose CPDS 590: Research Work and Thesis Writing instead of compulsory and elective courses along with thesis that are offered in the fourth semester. However, students are required to write their term paper and reports under the themes of the compulsory and elective subjects offered in the fourth semester.

A three credit hour course will have 48 lecture hours. The listing of the course for all semesters is as follows:

First Semester Courses

Code Number

Course Title

Credit Hours

CPDS 551

Conflict Studies

3

CPDS 552

Governance: Concepts and Issues

3

CPDS 553

National Secuirty

3

CPDS 554

Conflict Resolution: Models and Applications

3

CPDS 555

Research Methods

4

Total Credit Hours

16

Second Semester Courses

Code Number

Course Title

Credit Hours

CPDS 561

Peace Studies

3

CPDS 562

Social and Cultural Dimensions of Conflict and Peace

3

CPDS 563

Gender, Conflict and Development

3

CPDS 564

International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law

3

CPDS 565

Research Practicum, Fieldwork and Report Writing

4

Total Credit Hours

16

Third Semester Courses

Code Number

Course Title

Credit Hours

Remarks

CPDS 571

Development Studies

3

CPDS 572

Natural Resource Conflict

3

CPDS 573

Psychology and Personal Transformation

3

CPDS 574

International Relations

3

CPDS 575-1

Power and Politics

3

Any One

CPDS 575-2

Transitional Justice

3

Any One

CPDS 575-3

Violence and Human Security

3

Any One

Total Credit Hours

15

Fourth Semester Courses

Code Number

Course Title

Credit Hours

Remarks

CPDS 581

Migration, Refugee and Conflict

3

CPDS 582

Political Economy of Conflict

3

CPDS 583-1

Peace-Tourism and Development

3

Any One

CPDS 583-2

Peace and Disarmament

3

Any One

CPDS 583-3

Public Policy and Global Governance

3

Any One

CPDS 584-4

Disaster Management

3

Any One

CPDS 585

Thesis

6

Total Credit Hours

15

OR

CPDS 590

Research Work and Thesis Writing

15