The Masters in International Development Studies (IDS) is an interdisciplinary programme drawing from courses in diverse fields of study such as economics, history, political science, sociology and social anthropology as well as social policy. The IDS programme will offer students a challenging graduate degree programme with special focus on practice opportunities and career development, thereby offering promising professional careers in the broad area of international development.
Students will emerge from the programme with a thorough grounding in the history, debates, dimensions, institutional approaches, and critiques of the present field of international development and practice. Given the programme’s importance on building a bridge between academic discourse and development practice, the students will be expected to be able to evaluate documents of the international donor community, including the World Bank, analyse the institutional language of development professionals, and know how to put together proposals for grants and implement a development research. The programme is affiliated to University of Cape Coast and based at the Akuapem and Kumasi Campuses.
The Graduate Admission Committee for International Development Studies will accept students who have obtained at least Second Class Lower Division or its equivalent in a relevant degree programme, including an honours degree in Social Sciences, Humanities and Pure Sciences after passing an interview.
In special cases an applicant who does not have a first degree but is adjudged suitable may be admitted into the MA programme. Such an applicant must:
i. Have special knowledge and considerable experience in his/her area of interest.
ii. Have a Diploma in the relevant field of study
iii. Be at least 40 years of age.
iv. Submit a transcript of his/her academic records.
v. Pass a selection interview.
Third Class (must pass a selection Interview)
Sandwich / Weekend
Campuses: Akuapem / Kumasi
2 Semester (1 year)
COMPONENTS OF THE PROGRAMME
FIRST YEAR –1ST SEMESTER
Course No. Title Credit hrs
IDSP 801 Theory and Practice of International Planning and Development 3
UCMP 803 Research Methods I 3
IDSP 805 Gender Analysis and Theoretical Perspectives 3
IDSP 807 Environment and Local Development 3
IDSP 809 International Development and Social Policy 3
Course No. Title Credit hrs
IDSP 802 Political Economy of Development 3
UCMP 804 Research Methods II 3
IDSP 806 Development Workshop / Practice Development 3
UCMP 812 Dissertation 6
(Select at least one course)
IDSPa 810 NGO and Development Planning and Management 3
IDSPb 812 Water Supply and Sanitation Facilities’
Access and Management 3
IDSPc 814 Analytical Approach to Population and Development 3
IDSPd 816 Conflict Resolution and Peace 3
For further information, call: +233 (0)22 77 213 / +233 (0)22 77 210