Graduate Program

M Phil in Development Studies

The two-year teaching program at GIDS leads to an MPhil degree in development studies. It aims to help students shape their thinking on development issues, equipping them with a broad lens with which to study the complexities of the development process. Starting with theory, history, and concepts, the program focuses on engaging students in critical thinking to deepen their knowledge and understanding of the theoretical, empirical, and policy dimensions of development. It also aims to enhance the analytical skills necessary to explore the interconnected streams of and range of options for innovative approaches to promoting equitable and sustainable development.

The MPhil program is structured around four core areas of study, which, together with a variety of elective courses, form the interdisciplinary framework of a student’s field of interest. The two-year program’s teaching component is run over two semesters in the first year. The core courses in the first semester are designed to provide students with a firm grounding in development concepts, theories, and approaches in their historical and contemporary setting. The elective courses offered in the second semester serve to link related disciplines to development approaches, allowing students to specialize in particular areas of interest. The second year of the MPhil program is focused on the writing of a research thesis and may include fieldwork.

GIDS takes advantage of existing faculty expertise at the Lahore School of Economics and provide teaching across the departments of the School with core courses being taught at the Institute. The optional courses are shared with other Master’s degree courses at the Lahore School, enabling students to explore current issues from varying academic perspectives.

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Entrance Requirements

Admission to the M Phil program in Development Studies is regulated through:

  • An entrance examination
  • An interview process

  • A four year Bachelor's degree/two years Master's degree is a pre-requisite for regular admission to the M Phil program
Application forms:

Available from 1st January till July 2nd 2014

Deadline for application submission:

Wednesday, 2nd July 2014. Entry test will be held at the Burki Campus on Saturday, 5th July 2014. Interviews: Tuesday, 5th August to Tuesday 12th August 2014 at the Graduate Institute of Development Studies, City Campus. Admission forms may be obtained from the Admission office at the Lahore School of Economics, City Campus.