Master’s in Development Practice
 
The Global Master’s in Development Practice (MDP) is an interdisciplinary two-year graduate degree programme providing current and aspiring development practitioners the skills and knowledge to better understand, develop and implement integrated approaches to sustainable development. The launch of a Global MDP programme was the central recommendation of the International Commission on Education for Sustainable Development Practice (ICESDP), which discovered that there is “a lack of comprehensive cross-disciplinary programme to train practitioners in the full range of challenges of sustainable development”. The Royal University of Bhutan, in conjunction with and with initial financial support from DHIInfra, entered into an MOU with the Earth Institute at Columbia University, home of the Global MDP Secretariat, to launch an international Master’s in Development Practice programme at the College of Natural Resources, which was launched in July 2014.
 
Objectives
 
The primary purposes and intentions of the Master’s in Development Practice programme are to provide comprehensive and relevant holistic training in sustainable development practice for development professionals; to strengthen Bhutan’s role in the global dialogue on sustainable development by providing opportunities for international development practitioners to experience and research sustainable development from a GNH-based context; and to improve the quality of life for the world’s poor while maintaining a healthy planet.
 
Curriculum Structure
 
The Global Master’s in Development Practice is a two year full time programme. Besides the Field Placement of 15 credits and Final Project of 30 credits, there are 15 modules with 15 credits each spread over the two years.
 
Year
Semester
Modules
Module Codes
Credits
1
Pre-Start
Short-course introduction to the field of sustainable development, refresher of math skills, field visit
 
-
 
0
 
1
Global Health
PHD502
15
Environmental Science
EVS503
15
Development Economics
ECN502
15
Social Inclusion
SOC503
15
 
2
GNH-Based Governance and Public Policy
DEV504
15
Sustainable Infrastructure Development
DEV505
15
Applied Methods for Development Practice
DEV506
15
Sustainable Agricultural Practices  (pre-req: Environmental Science)
AGR503
15
Summer
Field Placement
PRW502
15
2
 
 
1
Quantitative Analysis
STS602
15
ICT for Development
ICT602
15
Organizational Management  (pre-req: Applied Methods)
MGT602
15
Natural Resources Management   (pre-req: Environmental Science)
NRM606
15
 
 
2
Market-Based Approaches to Development
EDP603
15
Towards a Knowledge-Based Society
SOC604
15
Global Classroom
DEV607
15
Final Project
PRW603
30
 
Note: For further details and fee structure contact Dean of Academic Affairs at + 975 2 376249 or send email enquiry.
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