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 Master of Development Studies is a multidisciplinary programme that sets to provide solid grounding in development from theoretical, conceptual, historical and contemporary perspectives, as well as a good grasp of empirical research, policy analysis, and development in practice particularly applicable to development scholars, practitioners and policymakers. The programme exposes students to development theories and a wide range of topics related to development. The students are also trained to conduct research in development studies.
A Bachelor degree with a minimum of CGPA 3.0 or equivalent and sufficient knowledge of development studies or relevant field.
CORE COURSES (24 Credits)
- Philosophy and Methodology of Research
- Research Project
- Development Theory and Practice
- Globalization and Development
OPTIONAL COURSES (A+B)
(A) AT LEAST 3 OPTIONAL COURSES (9 Credits)
- Poverty and Inequality
- Sustainable Development and Environmental Management
- Entrepreneurship and Development
- Institutions, Industrial Development and Economic Growth
- Economics of Education
- Gender and Development Issues
(B) NOT MORE THAN 3 OPTIONAL COURSES (9 Credits)
- The Malaysian Economy
- Economic Development and Planning
- Public Economics
- Islamic Banking and Finance
- Public Policy Analysis
- Social Policy and Development
- Planning Community and Development
Minimum: 2 Semesters
Maximum: 8 Semesters
LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS (For International Applicants)
Minimum TOEFL score of 550 or;
Minimum IELTS overall band score of 5.5
*Subject to change
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.
- 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