Master in Technical and Vocational Education and Training

Master in Technical and Vocational Education and Training

2 years
Fee (Tentative)NPR 270,000

Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) has been recognized as a powerful tool for national development and for providing individuals with decent jobs leading to a quality life. The sector is integral for developing a workforce necessary to improve production and service sectors in any country. Recognizing these potentials, countries worldwide have been investing in the growth of the TVET sector. International efforts are also being made to strengthen TVET.

In countries like Nepal, the TVET sector has not yet thrived or made the anticipated contributions. This remains a distant reality for many developing countries. Various factors contribute to this low performance, including low economic activity, a lack of jobs, low-quality education within the TVET sector, and insufficient leadership and management capabilities. Therefore, it is essential to intervene in the sector to ensure it contributes to national development as expected. One crucial area of intervention is developing the human resource capacity of the sector, focusing on both educational and socioeconomic aspects. The Master in Technical and Vocational Education (MTVET) program at Kathmandu University's School of Education is an effort in this direction and was introduced in August 2018.

The rationale for this program is supported by the growing TVET interventions in Nepal and other countries. In Nepal, investment in the sector has increased substantially in recent years. Government policies have emphasized the development of the sector and introduced several related programs, such as incorporating TVET as a stream at the secondary level. Private sector investment in TVET is also growing. Competent human resources are crucial for the effective functioning of TVET in secondary education and other sectors. The expanding production and service sectors in the country are creating a demand for skilled and competent human resources. International development partners working in Nepal are active and plan to increase their investment in the sector.

The federalization of Nepal, creating 753 rural and urban municipalities with the constitutional right to plan, implement, and manage developmental activities within their jurisdictions, including school-level education (TVET included), is generating immense demand for skilled human resources. These developments provide a strong rationale for initiating the Master in Technical and Vocational Education (MTVET) program at Kathmandu University's School of Education. Several rounds of formal and informal discussions with the government, private sector, and prospective students have established that such a program is an urgently felt need.

A systematic research study was conducted to assess the feasibility of the program, which reported a very positive response regarding its necessity.

Purpose of MTEVT Program

  • Address the human resource development needs of TVET
  • Prepare TVET system leaders, educators, and planners
  • Attract young ones to TVET by linking it with socio-economic processes thereby providing promising career prospects nationally and internationally
  • Develop TVET focused research capacity
  • Promote excellence, opportunity, and leadership in TVET

MTVET graduates develop the following specific knowledge and skills: 

  • Be able to explore and interpret the interplay among social institutions and rules and resources, work and occupation, and TVET
  • Be competent educators, innovators, leaders, and managers of TVET institutions/programs
  • Be competent in preparing TVET activities such as preparation of competency-based curriculum, designing instructional events, delivering theoretical and practical sessions, evaluation of students.
  • Be proficient in doing economics and financial analysis of work and occupations, and TVET.
  • Be conversant with different theories, concepts, and ideas that have been developed and see TVET processes in terms of those theories and ideas
  • Be capable of in engaging TVET process e.g. policy dialogue, networking
  • Be skillful in designing, carrying out, managing, and evaluating research on TVET
  • Be able to understand, design, implement, and monitor quality assurance process

Salient Features


  • Experiential knowledge
  • Research, writing, and publishing
  • Face to face, blended or online mode

Medium of Instruction

  • English

Class size

  • 25


  • Written test and interview conducted in English
  • Statement of the purpose of the study
  • Write-up (published or unpublished work)
  • Candidates outside the Kathmandu can appear at the entrance through online


  • Bachelor degree in any discipline with a CGPA of 2.5 out of 4 or second division in the aggregate score
  • Work experience in TVET is preferred

Job Prospects

MTVET graduates will have a variety of work options because the TVET industry is so promising, and the program exposes students to a variety of subject areas in an inter-disciplinary manner. Because the course prepares them for a competitive work environment both at home and abroad, they can explore their career prospects in both the national and international markets. Graduates have two options for careers as educators: teaching or managing and leading a TVET institute. They could also work as a planner, analyst, monitoring and evaluation professional, or researcher. These options are available in both the public and private sectors. MTVET graduates may also find work in the manufacturing sector. Another possibility for an MTVET graduate is to start their own business and become an entrepreneur. Students may be imaginative, creative, and entrepreneurs as a result of the program's extensive exposure to various areas of business.

Curricular Structure

Core Courses

Course Code Course Name/Subject Cr. Hr.
EDUC 508 Theory and Practice in Education 3
EDUC 509 Research methodology 3
EDUC 511 Statistical Methods for TVET 3

Dissertation or two research projects

Course Code Course Name/Subject Cr. Hr.
EDTV 544 Research Project I 3
EDTV 546 Research Project II 3
EDTV 548 Dissertation 6

Specialization Courses (TVET core)

Course Code Course Name/Subject Cr. Hr.
EDTV 512 Principles and Theories of Education and Work 3
EDTV 513 Sociological Perspectives of Work and Occupation 3
EDTV 521 Curriculum Development in TVET 3
EDTV 523 Principle and Practices of Human Resource Development 3
EDTV 524 Quality Assurance and Program Evaluation in TVET 3
EDTV 525 Entrepreneurship and Enterprises Development 3
EDTV 531 Labor Market Analysis 3
EDTV 542 Work-Based Learning 3

TVET Pedagogy/TVET System Management and Leadership Courses

Course Code Course Name/Subject Cr. Hr.
EDTP 526 Psychology of Learning 3
EDTP 532 Instruction System Design 3
EDTP 534 Instructional Media Development 3
EDTP 536 Assessment and Measurement 3
EDTP 538 Monitiring and Professional Development 3
EDTP 527 Public Policy and TVET Governance 3
EDTP 533 Management of TVET Institutions and Programs 3
EDTP 535 Leadership Theories and Practices 3
EDTP 537 Economics and Financing of TVET 3
EDTP 539 Assessment and Accountability in TVET System 3

MTVET Course Outline.pdf