MPhil Program

MPhil Program

MPhil Program

The Master of Philosophy (MPhil) in Development Studies at the University of Dhaka is a two year program which offers a multidisciplinary approach to development, providing the skills and knowledge needed by development policymakers, pr actitioners and researchers. It includes in- depth study of the historical, ideological, economic , social and political dimensions of change. The two-year full-time MPhil in Development Studies is designed fo r students who combine high academic potential with firs t-hand development experience. It provides students with a solid grounding in development concepts and theories, depth of knowledge and competency in using applied research methods within a particular fi eld of inquiry, and the analytical and practical skills  needed  to  engage  critically  in  current  debates  on  development  issues  from  a multidisciplinary   perspective.   The   approa ch   adopted   is   both   interdisciplinary   and multidisciplinary. In  the  first  year  (consisting  of  two  semester s),  students  receive  a  theoretical  and  applied grounding  in  major  subject  areas:  economics, administration  and  politics,  and  social anthropology.  All  students  take a  course  in  research  methods for  the  social  sciences  which provides training appropriate for advanced study and research. Successful completion of eight courses in the first year is a pre-requ isite for progressing to the second year. The degrees are awarded on the basi s of successful completion of a course work and dissertation. In the beginning of the second year, the candidate has to present his/her research proposal before the department. Faculty members and students from other departments will al so join. Satisfactory performance in presenting the proposal will permit the student to work on his /her thesis with the consent of the supervisor. The thesis does not exceed 30,000 words. Undertaking field research by the student is preferred. The dissertation should be submitted towards the end of the second year.  In  the  third  semester  of  the  first  y ear,  MPhil  students  are  expected  to  make  a comprehensive literature review on the research topic and write a research outline under close supervision of an appointed DDS faculty member /supervisor. A substantia l portion of the MPhil, in the third semester of year one, and the second and third terms of year two, will be dedicated to desk-based  or  field-based  re search,  using  a  variety  of  re search  methods  and  drawing  upon secondary and in some cases primary sources. In the first semester of year two, the Research Methods course will focus on a ra nge of qualitative and quantita tive methods and on the design and implementation of an independent research project. Throughout the programme each student is encouraged to develop their particular focus of interest with the assistance of supervisor. The DDS faculty are leading researchers in a number of development fields and the programme is designed so that students benefit from knowledge of the very late st research and methodologies.