The Master of Philosophy (MPhil) in Development Studies at the University of Dhaka is a two year program which offers a multidisciplinary approach to development, providing the skills and knowledge needed by development policymakers, pr actitioners and researchers. It includes in- depth study of the historical, ideological, economic , social and political dimensions of change. The two-year full-time MPhil in Development Studies is designed fo r students who combine high academic potential with firs t-hand development experience. It provides students with a solid grounding in development concepts and theories, depth of knowledge and competency in using applied research methods within a particular fi eld of inquiry, and the analytical and practical skills needed to engage critically in current debates on development issues from a multidisciplinary perspective. The approa ch adopted is both interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary. In the first year (consisting of two semester s), students receive a theoretical and applied grounding in major subject areas: economics, administration and politics, and social anthropology. All students take a course in research methods for the social sciences which provides training appropriate for advanced study and research. Successful completion of eight courses in the first year is a pre-requ isite for progressing to the second year. The degrees are awarded on the basi s of successful completion of a course work and dissertation. In the beginning of the second year, the candidate has to present his/her research proposal before the department. Faculty members and students from other departments will al so join. Satisfactory performance in presenting the proposal will permit the student to work on his /her thesis with the consent of the supervisor. The thesis does not exceed 30,000 words. Undertaking field research by the student is preferred. The dissertation should be submitted towards the end of the second year. In the third semester of the first y ear, MPhil students are expected to make a comprehensive literature review on the research topic and write a research outline under close supervision of an appointed DDS faculty member /supervisor. A substantia l portion of the MPhil, in the third semester of year one, and the second and third terms of year two, will be dedicated to desk-based or field-based re search, using a variety of re search methods and drawing upon secondary and in some cases primary sources. In the first semester of year two, the Research Methods course will focus on a ra nge of qualitative and quantita tive methods and on the design and implementation of an independent research project. Throughout the programme each student is encouraged to develop their particular focus of interest with the assistance of supervisor. The DDS faculty are leading researchers in a number of development fields and the programme is designed so that students benefit from knowledge of the very late st research and methodologies.