University of Nairobi
  • University of Nairobi (UoN)
  • Masters Program
  • 2 years

MASTER OF ARTS IN DEVELOPMENT STUDIES program at University of Nairobi course details

Course Overview

The Master of Arts in Development Studies programme addresses development issues using theories and methodological approaches of various academic disciplines. The course, however, assumes some formal study or practical experience in the social sciences. The curriculum takes advantage of the varied academic background and experience of IDS staff to offer a programme characterized by theoretical rigor, emphasis on research methodology, people orientation, and an interdisciplinary issue-based approach.

Minimum Entry Requirements

Entry requirements for admission to the University of Nairobi for the above programme are:

1.      A holder of at least an upper-second bachelorís degree from the University of Nairobi in any discipline;

2.      A holder of an equivalent degree or an equivalent qualification recognized by University of Nairobi Senate to be of comparable academic status.


Course Objectives

The programme aims to prepare students for senior positions in the field of development studies both as researchers and policy analysts with the primary aim of making the development process meaningful, interactive and sustainable. The students will be expected to participate in seminars and conduct in depth research on a development topic falling within the research priorities of the Institute.


Course Program

Course Outline

Development Management - Theory

Development Management - Practice

Research Foundations

Research Techniques & Computer Applications


Module 1: Technology & Natural Resource Management

Natural Resource and Environment Management

Energy Policy & Planning & Development

Science, Technology and Policy

Political Economy and Industrialization

Comparative Industrial Strategies, Land use

Determinants Urban & Regional Planning

Module 2: Development and Change in African


Rural Societies and Change

Issues in Urban Development

Rural-Urban Linkages

Entrepreneurship and Development

Economics of African Agriculture

Migration and Urbanization

Social-Economic Indicators

Social Change & Development

Module 3: Human Resource

Issues in Human Resource Development

Health and Development

Population Policies and Programme Development in African Countries

Education and Development

Nutrition and Development

Women in Development - (IAS)

Module 4: International Development

Issues in International Development

Global institutions & Development

Politics, Institutions & Development

Development & Regional Integration

Political Economy of International

Commodity Markets

International Economics

Advanced Interníl Relations

Module 5: Planning for Development

Development Strategies and Planning

Computer Applications for Development Planning

Agricultural Planning and Food Security

 Industrial Planning

Human Resource Planning

Physical Planning

Land Development

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