School of Built Environment & Development Studies

Postgraduate Honours Development Studies

About this Course


The purpose of the Bachelor of Social Science Honours in Development Studies is to provide a transition from a general undergraduate discipline into a postgraduate specialisation in Development Studies. It builds on students’ undergraduate training, normally in the Social Sciences, to focus analytical attention on development problems and solutions. The content addresses both theoretical and applied considerations. In preparation for a possible Master’s degree or for employment as a development practitioner, it will train students to work to conduct independent research, and to utilise development frameworks in understanding and add development problems.

Entry Requirements:

Applicants must be degree holders with a 65% Aggregate. Good English writing skills and an ability to communicate, orally, in English, which is the medium of instruction, is essential. Relevant work experience is an added advantage. While we invite applications from a variety of backgrounds, those with degrees in Development, Economics, Economic History, Human Geography, Sociology, Anthropology, Political Science, Planning, Community Development, Psychology, Social Work, or Agriculture are particularly suited.

Those with a 3-year undergraduate degree will undertake 14 coursework modules over a two-year period. Those with an appropriate four-year Honours degree in a development related field may undertake a one-year coursework degree consisting of six (6) modules. In both cases, students will also complete a short dissertation based on a research project of their own design. The dissertation generally takes six months after the coursework is completed.


Core Modules DescriptionCode
Research Project (32C)DEVS707H0
Economic Concepts and Debates (16C)DEVS701H1
SA Development Problems and Policies (16C)DEVS701H1
Development Frameworks (16C) DEVS708H1
Research Methods (16C)DEVS7RMH1
Electives ModulesCode
Environment and Development (16C)DEVS703H2
Special Studies: Contemporary Issues in Development studies internship (16C)DEVS706H2

NB: Registration for a Postgraduate will be conditional on meeting all prerequisite requirements for that course.

Email Address Box

Mr. Mfanafuthi Mazibuko
College of Humanities – Postgraduate Office
Shepstone Building – 8th Floor, Room 822
Howard College Campus,
269 Mazisi Kunene Rd
Glenwood, Durban,