M. Phil. in International Development Studies

International Development Studies (IDS) is an interdisciplinary field of study. IDS integrates courses from a variety of both social and natural sciences. The core foundation of IDS, however, consists of social sciences, especially Economics, International Relations, Political Science, Sociology, Anthropology, and Gender Studies. The M. Phil. degree program in International Development Studies focuses on the growing linkages between national and international development processes in the globalized world. More specifically, this 2-year rigorous degree program adopts an interdisciplinary approach to study the way these linkages and the processes of change are unfolding in the developing countries. The aim of this program is to prepare graduates for higher studies and/or a successful career in national and international organizations.Although graduates with a social science background shall feel a natural affinity with this program of study and instantly find it rewarding in terms of their intellectual and professional growth, fresh graduates and mid-career professionals who have a background in other disciplines, such as humanities and basic sciences, and are working in the development sector, civil society groups, and national and international organizations, shall find it quite enriching in terms of their capability to comprehend and cope with complex development issues around them. Both fresh graduates and mid-career professionals with and without a social science background shall appreciate the flexibility of this degree program which is designed to satisfy their diverse intellectual and professional needs.Admission Criteria The minimum admission criteria include:16-year of education from a recognized university in Development Studies, Economics, International Relations, Political Science, Sociology, Anthropology, Gender Studies, Management Science, Pakistan Studies, or in a related field; 2.5 CGPA or second division; and GAT-General Test with a minimum score of 50 is required at the time of admission.The final decision to grant admission shall be based on academic record, admission test and interview.Program Requirements An M. Phil. degree shall be awarded on the completion of a total of 36 credit hours, including a minimum of 27 credit hours of course work. An M. Phil. candidate shall be required to write a thesis of 9 credit hours. The minimum 27 credit hours of course work includes three compulsory courses and 6 optional courses. The Department may allow M. Phil students to take one course in other MS/M. Phil. programs in social and management sciences. The prior approval of the Department is mandatory for taking a course in other programs. Each M. Phil. course is of 3 credit hours. M. Phil. candidates without an adequate background in the core foundation of International Development Studies may be required to complete remedial courses. The admission committee of the Department will determine the need of a student for remedial course work. A brief roadmap of the M. Phil. program is provided below for the guidance of students.

Total Credit Hours 30
Total Courses 10
Duration 1.5 years

MPHIL IDS Curriculum Plan

Course Category CrHrs Courses
Core Courses 9 3
Electives 15 5
Thesis/Courses 6 Optional
Total 30

Core Courses

Code Course Title CrHr
IDS610 Advanced Research Methods 3
IDS611 International Development: Philosophical Foundation, Theories and Debates 3
IDS614 Global Poverty: Alleviation Strategies 3

Elective Courses

Code Course Title CrHr
IDS612 Theories of International Relations 3
IDS613 Contemporary International Systems 3
IDS615 Public Policy, Governance and Development 3
IDS616 Globalization and Developing Countries 3
IDS617 Global Political Economy 3
IDS618 Social Development in Developing Societies 3
IDS619 Conflict, Peace and Development 3
IDS620 Global Human Security 3
IDS621 Politics of Development 3
IDS622 Global Civil Society 3
IDS623 Women and Development 3
IDS624 Human Rights and Development 3
IDS625 Issues in Rural Development 3
IDS626 Transnational Migration and Development 3
IDS627 Global Sustainable Development 3
IDS628 Urbanization and Development 3
IDS629 Culture and Community Development 3
IDS631 Seminar: International Development Studies 3
IDS632 Development Research: Survey Techniques 3
IDS633 Statistical Analysis and Interpretation 3
IDS634 Special Topics 3
IDS635 Selected Readings 3
IDS636 Independent Study – I 3
IDS637 Independent Study – II 3
IDS640 Thesis 6