Masters in Development Studies is an interdisciplinary program that weaves together a range of inter-related academic disciplines such as International Relations, Economics, Management, Administration, Politics, Public Policy, Sociology, Human Rights, Gender Studies, Environment and Law. The initiation of such a program at IMSciences was felt owing to the huge developmental need of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and adjacent tribal territories. The region has been historically in the spotlight for underdevelopment, conflict, and natural calamities, and needs practitioners who understand the modern notions of development and can provide the necessary skills to complement local, national, and international efforts to bring peace & progress.

Who Will Benefit

The program will be of particular interest to the practitioners working in civil society, public sector management, private sector and academicians alike. Our current students include those working in NGOs/INGOs, international aid agencies, mid- career government officials, national planning institutions, private sector & consulting firms, community based organizations and aspiring researchers. This program is an opportunity for graduates and development managers who wish to pursue a career in the development sector.

Objectives of the Programme

The core objectives of this program are to familiarize students with development theory, policy, and practice; and orientate them with recent trends in the development sector as well as enhance their critical analytic skills to understand and apply the emerging development theories and approaches. The spirit of this program lies in thinking globally and acting locally. There are several courses to choose from focusing on global issues and how Pakistan and our region in particular can assimilate with global trends rather than growing in isolation. In similar vein, the study of recent perspectives in conflict transformation is an integral component of the program. Apart from the traditional focus of development studies program on themes such as gender, environment, rural and urban development, our program strives to provide an in-depth understanding of current global issues in international political economy, alternative approaches to poverty alleviation, and novel trends in public sector governance theory and practices particularly relevant to third world countries.

Eligibility for Admission

Students with BA, BSc, B.Com, BBA and HND (with HEC equivalence certificate) or an equivalent degree and having least 2nd division securing 45% marks in aggregate are eligible to apply for this program.

Degree Requirements

For master’s degree in Development Studies, candidates will be required to complete course work of 66 credit hours that includes a dissertation/internship report.

Semester Wise Breakup of Courses

Semester 1




DS 500 Development Studies: Issues and Perspectives
DS 501 Poverty Alleviation
DS 502 Environment and Sustainable Development
DS 503 Gender and Development
Elective I

Semester 2

DS 510 Urban and Rural Development
DS 512 Conflict and Conflict Analysis
DS 513 Development Economics
Elective II
Elective III

Semester 3

DS 600 Organizational Development
DS 601 Globalization and Development
DS 603 Research Methodology
Elective IV
Elective V

Semester 4

DS 610 Public Policy Management
DS 611 Statistical Tools for Social Sciences (Including SPSS)
Elective 6
Elective 7
Elective 8
Internship Report / Dissertation


  • ICTs and Socio-economic Development
  • Modern South Asia: State, Society & Religion
  • International Financial Management
  • Basic Theories of Social Sciences
  • Politics of Development
  • Principles of Public Administration
  • Comparative Government and Administration
  • Governance
  • Decentralisation, Participation and Development
  • Development Finance
  • Microfinance
  • Disaster Management
  • Project Planning and Implementation
  • Project Monitoring and Evaluation
  • Small Enterprise Development
  • Organisational Development
  • Human Resource Management
  • Human Resource Development
  • Organisational Behaviour
  • Political Economy of Development
  • Agricultural Economics
  • Environmental Economics
  • Public Sector Economics
  • Public Finance
  • International Human Rights’ Law
  • Issues in Pakistan’s Economy
  • Public Health
  • NGO Management
  • Environment and Development: Impact Assessment
  • Global Environmental Change
  • Climate Change Policy
  • Creative Leadership
  • Religious and Ethnic Nationalism in Pakistan
  • Communication Skills

Programme Coordinator : Dr. Aamer Taj, Email:, Tel: (+92-91) 5861024-25 Ext. 505
Admissions Office : Tel: (+92-91) 5861024-25 Ext. 316