Aim and Relevance

Aim and Relevance

Our Aim
The Masters in Development Studies is designed for those planning a career in the field of economic and social development as policy-makers, activists, administrators, developers, researchers or teachers at universities.
The main objective of the Development Studies courses are to equip students with the knowledge and skills needed for a career in the field of development, give them a good understanding of the development experiences of different countries and empower them with the analytical and conceptual skills needed to understand the challenges of development.

Testimonial by M Dev Studies Student Seyfe Tadesse Wurku "In addition to the theoretical lectures given in class, we have had the opportunity to attend different seminars and workshops such as those on the UN MDGs, Aids activism and the politics of women’s health, and the Developmental State of Iraq. Attending such programs not only gives us detailed information on the specific ideas raised, but also gives us the experience of participating in such events and an opportunity to interact with different academicians from different disciplines.”

Practical Relevance
An important question from potential students and applicants is always: "What can I get as additional qualification from this MA Program?" The following aspects may give you an idea:

  • The teaching methods are designed to be as interactive as possible, emphasizing small group work and using relevant and practical case studies.
  • emphasis is placed on independent research
  • Since the 1980s close to 1000 students have completed post-graduate degrees with the ISD, many of whom are now in leading positions in the field of development in South Africa.

Contact Details UWC:

Belinda Du Plessis
School of Government, University of the Western Cape
Robert Sobukwe Road
Private Bag X17, Bellville 7535
Cape Town, Republic of South Africa
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