Development Studies


The academic discipline of Development studies (DS) is a relatively new one in the social sciences. It’s thought that World War II was the first time when the term “Development Studies” first appeared. Between the 1960s and the 1970s, it became a designated subject. Experts argue that it emerged as a result of the decolonization process in the 1950s and 1960s, when newly independent countries strove to “catch up” with the industrialized countries.

The goal of development studies is to help academics, politicians, and international aid groups better comprehend the political situation of today by looking at its historical context. Programs in development studies blend rigorous academic research with practical knowledge. Students are taught the value of bridging the gap between theory and practice, emphasizing the necessity of budget planning and proposal writing as well as theoretical knowledge of the causes of poverty, globalization, and economic sustainability.

Scope of Development Studies

International development is a global industry with huge support from big business, government, and influential organizations like the EU and the UN. Additionally, as the world’s population is expected to grow significantly over the next few decades, there will always be new obstacles to overcome in the effort to meet the basic needs of people everywhere. Emerging economies’ ability to develop strong, stable societies will give their residents additional chances. Students may later serve as notable government officials or for NGOs development research organizations, conservation projects, academia, civil service and charitable institutions. Others can pursue fulfilling jobs in local government, contributing to the reduction of income inequality in their own communities through extracurricular or educational activities. For graduates with undergraduate degrees, the first positions they may have are those in administration or coordination before moving on to positions as advisers or senior advisers in policy teams.

How to become a specialist in Development Studies

An intermediate-level student from any stream may pursue a degree in developmental studies. In order to increase their work choices, many students who major in development studies also study other subjects like geography, environmental studies, tourism management, and international relations. For the majority of middle to senior level policy and research professions where specialized, in-depth analysis is crucial, postgraduate training in development studies, such as an Honours or Master’s degree, is advised. Doing volunteer work or part time work while studying can improve your employment prospects when you finish.

Top university offering in Pakistan:

  • The Islamia University Of Bahawalpur
  • University Of Peshawar
  • Bahauddin Zakariya University, Multan
  • Bahria University

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Required skills

  • Excellent communication skills
  • Creativity
  • Empathy
  • Problem solving
  • Research
  • Management
  • Data analysis

Job Prospects & Career Options

These are the most popular fields that you can join after having a degree in this field

  • Policy Maker
  • Researcher
  • Administrator
  • Social Worker
  • Social Studies Teacher
  • Community Service Officer
  • Policy Analyst
  • Business Studies Teacher
  • Agency Development Manager
  • Teacher & Lecturer


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