Master in Development Studies (MDS)


This 2-year program will offer academic training in three sub-fields: (1) Economic History, (2) Institutions and Governance, and (3) Ethics and Society. It will be offered only to full time students and will provide foundational economics training to students with bachelor degrees in History, Anthropology, Sociology, Philosophy, and Legal Studies.

MDS Compulsory Courses

Semester Courses

  • Mathematics
  • Statistics for Social Sciences
  • Introduction to African Economic History
  • Introduction to Microeconomics & Macroeconomics
  • Foundations of Ethics
  • States and Development in Africa

  • Quantitative Economic History
  • Business Ethics
  • Economic Institutions
  • Ethics and Professionalism in Public Administration

  • African Economic Development in Historical Perspective
  • Political Institutions
  • Citizenship, Leadership and Justice
  • Public Management and Governance

  • Thesis Writing/Defense
  • Impact Evaluation for Development Project

MDS Elective Courses

Economic History
Institutions and Governance
Ethics, Society and Development

  • Quantitative Economic History II: Time Series and Economic Dynamics
  • Pre-colonial African Economic History
  • Colonial African Economic History
  • Latin American Development: political economy of growth
  • China and Japan of Developing Economies
  • Industrialization of Western Europe
  • Institutional Foundations of American Economic Development
  • Great Depressions in Economic History
  • Economic Development in Post-Colonial Africa
  • International Economic Institutions since World War II
  • Research Topics in Economic History
  • Economic Globalisation: Long-term trends and consequences
  • The Long-Run Analysis of Firms and Industries
  • Wars and Economic Development
  • States and Business Relations
  • Corporate Governance
  • Small Firms and Informal Sector in Africa
  • Governance as Economic Management
  • Economics of Private Property Right
  • Topics in Public Law and Constitution Law
  • Human Rights
  • Topics in Democratic Theory and Practice
  • Clientelism and Redistributive Politics
  • Governance as Public Policy Making
  • Research Topics in Analysis of Institutions
  • Research Topics on Study of Governance
  • Culture and Development
  • Institutions as Historical Legacies
  • Philosophy of Social Science
  • Social Justice and Development
  • Ethics, Religion and Spirituality
  • Humanitarianism and Crisis Intervention
  • Environmental Ethics
  • Contemporary Political Theory
  • Gender Equity
  • Bioethics
  • Ethics and Emerging Techonologies
  • Inter-generational Equity
  • International Development and Sustainability
  • Technology, Society and Human Values
  • War and Peace
  • Poverty Alleviation