Master of Development Studies (MDEVS) - Pokhara University

Pokhara University

Humanities and Social Sciences

2 year(s)

Master of Development Studies (MDEVS) is a graduate programme at the School of Development and Social Engineering (SDSE), Faculty of Humanities and SocialSciences, Pokhara University. 

It is an interdisciplinary course which aims to deal with the emerging thrust of 21st Century on development and produce career oriented professionals, entrepreneurs and keen academicians in the field of development.

Programme Objectives: 

  1. Equip students with intellectual insights, technical know-how, and practical skills through interdisciplinary understanding, observation and experiment of the concerned subjects. 
  2. Provide students learning opportunities in contemporary and frontier fields of development art, science and technology, thus the students can take the leadership role in the field of humanistic, spatial and environmental development at the national human resources market and social enterprises, as well as be ready to accept the international professional academic and entrepreneurial challenges. 
  3. Produce master-level knowledgeable, skillful and capable human resources for various professions and enterprises as well as for academia

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Admission Eligibility: 

  • Applicant must have completed Bachelor's Degree or equivalent in any discipline from a recognized university
  • Applicants are selected from a merit list of entrance examination conducted by the SDSE.

Fee Structure:   A reasonable fee is set for the programme which is payable in three installments per semester.


  • 20% of the total students quota. 
  •  Entrance exam or semester topper

Curricular structure

MDEVS is a two years course having 4 semesters (two semesters per year) with 60 credits. Curriculum Structure by Semester

Semester First

Semester Second

  • Advanced Development Studies
  • Social Engineering in Development
  • Public Policy Studies
  • Planning Theory and Practice
  • Statistics for Social Sciences

  • Spatial Organization of Development
  • Natural Resources and Development
  • Globalization and Development
  • Research Methods for Development Studies
  • Information Technology for Social Research

Semester Third

Semester Four

  • Development Program Management
  • Development Analysis and Planning Techniques
  • Specialization I : ...
  • Specialization II: ........
  • Planning Workshop (Field based)

  • Comprehensive National Development Plan for Nepal
  • Specialization III : ........
  • Specialization IV: ........
  • Seminar on Contemporary Development
  • Dissertation

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