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Master of Development Studies

Course Description

The Master of Development Studies equips students with knowledge and tools for understanding and researching today’s development issues. The coursework of this programme lays the foundation for studying development in multidisciplinary perspective, covering theoretical and practical aspects. We address contemporary challenges arising from globalization, and transition students to the dissertation portion of the program through training in research methodology. Elective courses focus on major issues in development: poverty and inequality, industrialization, the role of institutions, sustainable development, and entrepreneurship.

The dissertation constitutes the bulk of this programme. Through researching an original topic, under our academic supervision, we provide space and guidance for in-depth exploration, specialization and rigorous analysis. Our interactions are also enriched by the multidisciplinary, broad range of backgrounds, experiences and interests that are welcome to this programme.


The MDS equips students with knowledge, analytical frameworks, a critical and innovative mindset, policy-oriented thinking, and research tools that are focused on development, yet versatile in application. Development challenges persist, and cut across public and private sectors, national and international settings, and various service industries.

Visit the website http://fep.um.edu.my/academics/master/economics-and-administration/master-of-development-studies

Degree by Coursework & Dissertation

The programme of Master of Development Studies by coursework and dissertation has a total load of fifty six (56) credit hours consisting of:

(a) Courses
(i) ten(10) credit hours of core courses; and
(ii) six (6) credit hours of optional courses.

(b) Dissertation
A dissertation of a total of forty (40) credit hours.

Core Courses

- ERGD 6101 Development Theory and Practice
- ERGD 6102 Globalization and Development
- EXGA 6122 Philosophy and Methodology of Research

Optional Courses

ERGD 6103 Poverty and Distribution
ERGD 6104 Sustainable Development and Environmental Management
ERGD 6105 Entrepreneurship and Development
EXGA 6103 Economic Development and Planning
EXGA 6112 The Malaysian Economy
EXGA 6114 Economic Policy Analysis
EXGA 6305 Public Economics
EXGA 6308 Sustainability and Growth
EXGA 6309 Islamic Banking and Finance
EPGB 6123 Policy Analysis and Programme Evaluation
EPGB 6124 Politics, Development and Governance
EPGB 6322 Social Policy and Development
EPGB 6324 Planning Administration and Community Development
EPGB 6325 Civil Society and Social Transformation
OR Any other courses approved by the Faculty

Duration of Programme

The minimum period of study is 3 semesters and the maximum period of study is 8 semesters. Each academic year consists of two semesters, commencing in September (Semester I) and February (Semester II) of each year.

Programme Brochure - http://www.fep.um.edu.my/images/fep/postgraduate/mds.pdf


The faculty is equipped with state-of-the-art facilities such as two computer teaching laboratories equipped with LCD and statistical software with a total capacity for 105 students, a student computer laboratory for 51 students and five lecture theatres.

In addition, the beautiful new building for postgraduate studies, houses 15 seminar rooms, a computer laboratory with a capacity for 54 computer workstations, 2 conference halls with a capacity of 100 persons each and 3 wireless LAN coverage (WiFi) zones within the faculty.

Indeed, FEA is one of the few premier institutions that can provide such quality, in terms of facilities.

Career Opportunity

- Government agencies ( federal, state, local and others)
- International development agencies
- Non-governmental organizations (NGOs)
- Non-profit organizations
- Educational services (universities, colleges and others)
- Policy and research bodies

Visit the Master of Development Studies page on the University of Malaya website for more details!

Student Profiles

Entry Requirements

(a) a Bachelor's degree with a minimum of CGPA 3.0 or equivalent and sufficient knowledge of development studies or relevant field; or (b) any other qualification as may be approved by the Senate from time to time.

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