Master in Population, Gender and Development

Master in Population, Gender and Development

2 years

Master in Population, Gender and Development Program was initiated in 2004 in Pokhara University with a Post -Graduate Diploma (PGD) leading to a Master’s Degree. This program was launched under tripartite agreement between UNFPA, Government of Nepal and Pokhara University to strengthen the university’s capacities in teaching, training and research in the field of development incorporating cross-cutting issues of population and gender.

Academic Schedule

The academic session of MPGD consists of two semesters per year. Generally the Fall Semester (November - March) starts in November and the Spring Semester (April - October) begins in April, however it may differ slightly in any particular year.

The normal duration for completing Master in Population, Gender and Development (MPGD) is two years. However, the student is allowed normal duration plus two years to complete the course. If a student is unable to complete the course withing the given duration of four years from the time of admission, the University registration will be annulled. If coursework is completed withing four years, additional one year for thesis can still be extended only for those students who have genuine cause for extension and should be forwarded through the supervisor on behalf of the concerned student to the Program Coordinator


The objective of the Master in Population, Gender and Development (MPGD) program is to produce highly qualified development professionals and academics professing theoretical and practical knowledge in Population, Gender and Development. Fundamentally students would impart technical knowledge on development issues and practical skills on related research. The thrust of the program is on development where population and gender are integrated as cross-cutting issues.

Salient Features

Proposed Fee Structure for Master Degree in Population, Gender and Development in Pokhara University School of Development and Social Engineering Lekhnath, Kaski

  1. First year: NPR 42,000
  2. Second year: NPR 49,000

Grand total: NPR 91,000


a. Entry Requirement for New Student

Entry requirement for a new student in MPGD program will be a three year Bachelor's degree in any discipline or two years Bachelor's degree in any discipline with at least two years professional or teaching experience. An entrance exam will be held for all applicants to be selected for the admission.

b. Admission Procedure

A notice inviting applications for admission is publicly announced. The application forms and information brochures are provided, on request, after the payment of the prescribed fee.

Applications are scrutinized and the eligible candidates have to attend entrance exam on the designated date and venue. A written exam followed by an interview will be arranged for selection of students. A combined score of entrance examination, interview and academic records will be derived for result and merit list for admission.

Candidates, who could not submit necessary documents may be given provisional admission under special condition, are required to submit all necessary documents within a month of the beginning of regular classes. Admission will be annulled otherwise.

Curricular Structure

Course Structure

The programme follows the credit system. Each course is assigned to a certain number of credits depending generally upon its lecture, tutorial and practical work hours in a week. In theory subjects, one lecture per week is assigned to one credit as a general rule and is equivalent to 16 hours lecture in one semester.

The MPGD course comprises the total 63 credit hours spreading over four semesters with the following distinct components:

  • Core Area: Five courses (15 credit hours) are offered in this area to develop a foundation required to the programme.
  • Multidisciplinary Area: Three courses (9 credit hours) are offered to enable student to analyze current issues of development from different aspects.
  • Analytical Tools: Three courses (7.5 credits hours) are offered in analytical areas with the aim of developing sound analytical skills of students using different models and techniques in the area of population, gender and development.
  • Specialized Area: Six courses (18 credits hours) are offered in the areas with the aim of developing in-depth knowledge in population, gender and development.
  • Research Area: Four types of works including course, internship planning workshop, guided readings and dissertation (13.5 credit hours) are offered to enhance the research skills of the students.
Semester Semester

Semester I

  • Introduction to Population Studies
  • Fundamentals of Economics
  • Evolution and Development of Gender Studies
  • Principles of Development Studies
  • Statistics and Mathematics

Semester II

  • Gender, Environment and Development
  • Gender, Poverty and Development
  • Decentralization and Local Governance
  • Migration and Urbanization
  • Research Methodology

Semester III

  • Economic Development and Planning
  • Contemporary Population, Health and Gender Issues
  • Development Policies and Programmes
  • Demography of Nepal
  • Methods of Population and Gender Analysis
  • Internship

Semester IV

  • Human Development
  • Project Management
  • Fundamentals of Human Rights
  • Guided Readings
  • Information Technology for Social Sciences
  • Dissertation