M.A. Admissions

Master of Arts (Development Studies)

Location: Hyderabad

School: School of Livelihoods and Development

Intake: 34




The  Master of Arts (Development Studies) is being offered from the TISS Hyderabad campus from the academic year 2014-15.  This programme is anchored by the School of Livelihoods and Development Studies.

 Master of Arts (Development Studies) as a subject of study seeks to analyse the dynamics of development, understood broadly as the socio-cultural, economic, political and technological aspects underlying societal change. To do so, it employs the interdisciplinary approach: draws upon the theories and analytical tools from various social science disciplines and tries to integrate them to arrive at a broader picture. Additionally, given its primary engagement with the analysis of the process of development and its varying impacts, its orientation is twofold: informing towards better policy-making and inculcating a concern and commitment about social justice and sustainable development.

The  Master of Arts (Development Studies) programme offered by TISS, Hyderabad campus aims to impart students a broad-based understanding of the perspectives, practices and processes of development and their varying implications on the society and environment. To do so, it strives to integrate insights drawn from different disciplines so as to both respect competing viewpoints and to form an informed perspective. Specifically, it aims to guide the students towards a grounded and broad-based learning, develop competency in skills of data analysis and assessment and provide opportunities to use them to assess development practice through experiential learning and research. It is hoped that this course would attract outstanding students from varying educational and social backgrounds who commonly share a concern for development and nourish their potentials so as to enable them to make critical contribution in the field of their choice.



Spread over two years (for four semesters), the students are offered a wide range of courses, both basic and elective, and a research project experience. This programme attempts:

  • To equip students in developing critical perspectives in examining developmental experiences and their consequences for the society, especially on vulnerable, disadvantaged and the marginalised sections, and the natural environment.

  • To introduce the students to models of development; creates an understanding of participatory, self-sustaining and people-centred public policies and development; and

  • develops their expertise in methodologies and skills for development research, and programme planning and management.

Employment Opportunities

Students who graduate with this degree can find their professional career in academic institutions pursuing inter-disciplinary research and teaching in development studies; in civil and allied administrative services; development facilitating organisations; the corporate sector; and in research consultancy firms.



For details of the programme, Faculty profile and experience of students visit www.campus.tiss.edu/hyderabad

Distribution of Credit Hours:


Year Types of Courses Credits


Compulsory Courses 26
Electives 2
Experiential Learning 8

Compulsory courses 18
Electives 4
Dissertation 8
Total Credits 68

Note: 1 credit = 15 hours classroom teaching or 30 hours lab/field experience/workshop/self study

Semesterwise Courses:


Semester Course Code Course Titles Credits

FC 1 Understanding Society 2
FC 2 Understanding Economy 2
FC 3 Understanding Politics 2
CoM 1 Philosophy and Methods of Social Research - 1 2
DS 1 Introduction to Development Studies 2
DS 2 State and Development 2
EL 1 Understanding Rural Society 4

CoM 2 Philosophy and Methods of Social Research - 2 2
DS 3 Development Economics 3
DS 4 Theories of Development 2
DS 5 Social Justice and Social Exclusion 3
DS 6 Welfare Regimes 2
CoM 3 Contemporary Indian Economy 2
DS 7 Foundations of Data Analysis 2
EL 2 Internship 4
DSEC 1 Elective 1 2
III RDG 7 Political Economy of Agriculture, Land and Labour 2
DS 8 Poverty and Inequality: Approaches and Mearsurement 2
DS 9 Gender Development Practice 2
DS 10 Urbanisation ad Developement 2
DS 11 Human Rights,Social Movements and Development 2
DS 12 Environment and Development 2
RDG 10 Project Management 2
DS 13 Impact Evaluation 2
WS Workshop Understanding Budgets 0
DSEC 2 Elective 2 2
IV   Dissertation 8
DS 14 Industrialisation, Globalisation and Labour 2
DSEC 3 Eletive 3 2

Note: The Total number of credits, list of CBCS courses and semester - wise listing of courses is provisional, and may undergo some changes. Due to current pandemic situation courses may be shifted or taught acorss semesters.

Fee Structure:


Component M.A. In Development Studies (DS)
FEE Tuition Fee 12,000 12,000 12,000 12,000
Examination Fee 800 800 800 800
Health Centre Charges
100 0 0 0
CHARGES Field Work Charges 1,000 1,000 1,000 1,000
IT  Charges 1,000 1,000 1,000 1,000
Convocation Charges 0 0 0 2,000
ID Card charges 300 0 0 0
FUNDS Students’ Competency Fund 3,000 3,000 3,000 3,000
Internship Fund 0 0 0 0
Lab Charges / Studio Fund 0 0 0 0
Development Fund 8,000 8,000 0 0
Students' Union Fund 500 500 500 500
Medical Insurance Fund 1,500 0 1,500 0
DEPOSITS Caution Deposit (Refundable at the time of exit from programme on submission of No Dues Certificate) 10,000 0 0 0
  Total Course Fee 38,200 26,300 19,800 20,300
  Hostel and Dining Hall Charges:      
Dining Hall (Advance) Charges To be paid to the service provider directly by the students who avail the facility.
Hostel & Electricity Charges
  Total Charges 0 0 0 0
*Details under School        
Institute reserves the right to revise the Fee Structure of programmes if necessary.
Some Schools will organise Practicum / Study tour / Rural field work / Urban field work/Winter Institute, expenses for these are not shown in the above table. These expenses will have to be met by the students themselves at the time of the activity.