The Master in Population, Gender and Development Programme was initiated in 2004 with a Post -Graduate Diploma (PGD) leading to a Master’s Degree. This programme was launched under tripartite agreement between UNFPA, Government of Nepal and Pokhara University to strengthen the university’s capacities in teaching, training and research in the field of development incorporating cross-cutting issues of population and gender.
The objective of the Population, Gender and Development programme is to produce highly qualified development professionals, academics and entrepreneurs, professing theoretical and practical knowledge in population, gender and development. Fundamentally students would impart technical knowledge on development issues and practical skills on related research. The thrust of the programme is on development where population and gender are integrated as cross-cutting issues.
Duration of the Programme
The normal duration for completing the course is two years. However, the student is allowed normal duration plus two years to complete the course. If a student is unable to complete the course within the given duration of four years from the time of admission, the University registration will be annulled. However, if coursework is completed within four years, additional one year for thesis can still be extended only for those students who have genuine cause for extension and should be forwarded through the supervisor on behalf of the concerned student to the Programme Coordinator/School Director.
The academic schedule consists of two semesters per year. Generally the Fall Semester (November – March) starts in November and the Spring Semester (April – October) begins in April. These schedules may differ slightly in any particular year.
MPGD Programme Structure (Duration of 2 Academic Years)
The programme follows the credit system. Each course is assigned to a certain number of credits depending generally upon its lecture, tutorial and practical work hours in a week. In theory subjects, one lecture per week is assigned to one credit as a general rule and is equivalent to 16 hours lecture in one semester.
The MPGD course comprises a total of 63 credit hours spreading over four semesters with the following distinct components:
Core Area: Five courses (15 credit hours) are offered in this area to develop a foundation required to the programme.
Multidisciplinary Area: Three courses (9 credit hours) are offered to enable student to analyze current issues of development from different aspects.
Analytical Tools: Three courses (7.5 credit hours) are offered in analytical areas with the aim of developing sound analytical skills of students using different models and techniques in the area of development with cross-cutting issues of population and gender.
Specialized Area: Six courses (18 credit hours) are offered in the areas of population, gender and development with an aim of developing in-depth knowledge and skills of the students.
Research Area: Four types of works including course, internship planning workshop, guided readings and dissertation (13.5 credit hours) are offered to enhance the research skills of the students.
- Introduction to Population Studies
- Fundamentals of Economics
- Evolution and Development of Gender Studies
- Principles of Development Studies
- Statistics and Mathematics
- Gender, Environment and Development
- Gender, Poverty and Development
- Decentralization and Local Governance
- Migration and Urbanization
- Research Methodology
- Economic Development and Planning
- Contemporary Population, Health and Gender Issues
- Development Policies and Programmes
- Demography of Nepal
- Methods of Population and Gender Analysis
- Human Development
- Project Management
- Fundamentals of Human Rights
- Guided Readings
- Information Technology for Social Sciences
Internship and Project Work
In the third semester, students would be placed into prospective organizations in order to be accustomed to professional environment. During internship students will learn the practical aspects of development issues so that they would be able to link University learning with practice. At the end of the internship programme students will prepare a term paper (development planning report) in the provided format and present their work in a seminar.