M Sc. in Development Studies


Major in
  1. Education & Skill and Development
  2. Ecology and Development
  3. Governance, Justice and Development
  4. Gender and Development
  5. Master of Public and Social Service

The “Master of Development Studies" programme at CUST gives students the theoretical grounding and practical experience required to address the development issues emanating mostly from the underdeveloped and developing world. They are expected to take away a raft of transferable skills from their academic pursuit, as well as refine different career-relevant skills like critical thinking &analysis, communication, cross-cultural understanding and research methods. Bringing together critical theories from across the social sciences, this expansive cross-disciplinary program allows students to link “Development” among others with gender, ecology, governance, justice and higher education & skills.

Programme Objectives

The objectives of this programme are as follows:

  1. Equip students with conceptual and empirical knowledge as well as research skills necessary to understand and analyse contemporary issues pertaining to international development in broad geographical contexts (local, regional, and international levels).
  2. Give students an understanding of world affairs as well as analyticaland communication skills.
  3. Impart students a theoretical, methodological and practical competency that would be useful for their career in further academic research, development policy and practice sector, as well as other work fields.
  4. Enhance students’ skills, especially in relation to leadership, motivation and working with groups and in the planning, management and evaluation of development projects.
  5. Enable understanding of social research on contemporary issues in the development field and to facilitate learners to critically analyse these issues in the light of their own primary research and development experience.
Learning Outcomes

The learning outcomes of this programme are as follows:

  1. Acquire professional competence, practical and analytical skills required for understanding the development issues and engaging in development work.
  2. Articulate common development problems in communities in thedeveloping world and suggest relevant and possible solutions.
  3. Acquire skills to provide technical information to communities for problem solving.
  4. Successfully carry out research projects relating to development studies especially on emerging development issues.
  5. Develop a strong command of the English language with a capability to accurate written and oral content while working in a professional setting.
  6. Develop high degree of competence in debating issues relating to development, including contrasting arguments and understandings of development processes.
Potential Employment Market

The major fields where graduates of“Master of Development Studies” programme of CUST can be employed are as follows:

  1. Development Partners(Asian Development Bank, World Bank, International Monetary Fund, World Health Organization, UNDP, CIRDAP etc).
  2. NGOs and INGOs.
  3. Research Institutes, Policy Institute and other Think Tanks.
  4. Freelance consultancy in various public and private development projects.
  5. Faculty in different universities and colleges.
  6. Specialists/consultants in training and management development.
Information to the Employer

The “Master of Development Studies” programme at CUST has a curriculum that blends all major basic and contemporary issues concerning development and essentially serves as the crossroad of economic lessons learnt from both developed and least-developed/developing countries. This programme goes beyond the bounds of traditional ‘economics’ and beyond the confines of ‘Commodification’ to facilitate development for all. Thus this programme expanses beyond the purview of economics without undermining the contribution of economics in development. Accordingly, issues like gender, governance, justice, ecology, climate change, peace and conflict, human rights etc are amply covered in this programme. The programme essentially equips the students with key capabilities to work in a wide range of development organizations with competence.The program also offers exciting opportunities to put students’ development knowledge into practice, including chances to participate and contribute in a research projects on a community- based organization in Bangladesh.The very uniqueness of “Master of Development Studies” programmeat CUST is its long industrial (Development Organization) attachment for as high as 06 credits (equivalent to 2 courses) where students come to know the relevance of “what we teach” and “what is being practiced in the field”. Such attachment thus serves as an important feedback mechanism for CUST to know the existing gap and to bring out desirable changes in its course contents, if needed. Importantly, during the industrial attachment, the competent resource personnel of the concerned industry/development organization would serve as guest faculties of CUST and the assessment for those credits will essentially be done by them. Besides, as an employer you will have the opportunity to know the potential of a student before they are actually employed in your firm. It may be mentioned here that at CUST all lecturers and staff are passionate about the future of their respective industries and the students whose minds they shape and groom. Here efforts are always on to maintain the integrity of our courses and graduates by continuously shaping and updating the syllabus around industry needs and trends.

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Tuition Fees

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