An Honours Degree in the following areas of study: Development Studies,
Geography, Local Governance, Natural Resources Management, Agriculture, Human
Resources, Environmental Science, Social Sciences or any relevant degree with at least a
2.2 grade or better.
Applicants without an Honours Degree or with passes lower than 2.2 may be considered for the programme if they have at least two years relevant working experience.
Applicants should be 25 years and above and have passed Ordinary Level English and Mathematics. Two or more years of working experience in a related field is a must.
Duration of the Programme
The programme will consist of One and Half (18 Months) academic years of block release study.
Structure of the Programme
If, in the opinion of the department, a student has already satisfactorily completed a course of similar contents, may be exempted from doing that course and credit given for that course. A student cannot be credited with less than 120 Notional Hours credits.
MDG502: Environment and Sustainable Development
MDG501: Theories of Sustainability and Development
MDG505: Human Rights, Democracy and Development
MDG503: Rural Development and Planning
MDG507: Integrated Urban Development
MDG513: Water, Sanitation and Hygiene
MDG506: Research Methods
MDG508:Climate Change and Sustainable Development
MDG510:Policy, Institutions and Development
MDG512:Population, Gender and Development
MDG511: Project Development and Management
MDG509: Advanced Development Economics
SEMESTER 1 and SEMESTER 2
Each course will be assessed at the end of the semester in which it is taken. The final grade in the course will be based on the marks obtained in the final examination and on course work. (Normally, a taught course is examined through course work, which carries a minimum weighting of 25%, and a final examination 75%). The Departmental Board of Examiners will agree upon the final grade to be given for every course that a student has taken, or been credited with.
A Candidate will proceed to work on the Dissertation only after passing all the required courses. Normally a student will spend the final six months of the programme working solely on a Dissertation. The weighting of the Dissertation is 96 notional hours. The department will appoint at least one suitable member of its staff to supervise the student’s work. There will be a minimum of 60 hours of contact time between the student and his/her supervisor, during the final six-month period; the contact will not necessarily be on an individual basis. The dissertation must be submitted on or before the 31st of September of the final year. The candidate will submit three loose bound copies of the dissertation to the department. Normally, two internal examiners and an external examiner will assess the Dissertation. The examiners will produce detailed reports and make recommendations.
The candidates will be required to present his/her Dissertation orally (Viva) to the Departmental Panel of Examiners.