• The programme is for students interested in careers in contemporary development issues.
  • The programme aims to develop the sound conceptual, analytical and critical skills that are required in dynamic and complex modern development contexts.

Entry Requirements

  • To be enrolled in the programme, prospective students should be having a good honors degree in History and Development studies
  • Other degree holders shall be eligible for admission at the discretion of the Departmental Board

General Provisions

  • The number of modules taken by any student from outside the department may be restricted.
  • The offering of elective modules depends on the availability of staff and/or teaching loads of available staff.


  • Examinations, which shall normally be written at the end of each semester, comprise three-hour papers for theoretical modules.
  • Continuous assessment includes tests, essays and seminar paper presentations.
  • Failure to meet deadlines shall be taken to mean failure to carry out assigned work.
  • A student is normally required to attain 100% attendance of lectures.

Programme Structure

(Code) (Module Description) (Credits)

Level 1 Semester 1

Core Modules

  • MADS 701 Theories and Strategies in Development and Change 6
  • MADS702 Gender and Development 6
  • MADS703 Rural Policies and Development 6
  • MADS704 Research Methodologies for Development 6


  • MADS705 International Processes of Change and Development 6
  • MADS706 Development Accounting and Finance 6

Level 1 Semester 2

Core Modules

  • MADS707 Governance, Globalization and Civil Society 6
  • MADS708 Development Management Techniques 6
  • MADS709 Conflict Management for Development Practitioners 6


  • MADS710 Human Rights, Social Justice and Development 6
  • MADS711 Famines and Food Security 6
  • MADS712 Managing Environmental Changes 6

Level 2 Semester 1

  • MADS870 Dissertation 12
Program taught in:
  • English

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Feb 2020
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