PhD Program

The Dean’s office of Humanities and Social Sciences announces course based PhD in Rural Development. The successful students in the entrance examination are admitted into the PhD program. The Central Department of Rural Development (CDRD) plays a key role in supervising the doctoral students though they are handled by the Dean’s Office of Humanities and Social Sciences in administrative terms. The structure of the course based PhD in Rural Development is as follows:

The Structure of the PhD with coursework in Rural Development

Semester Course Code Course Title Credit Hours Teaching Hours
First RDS 751 Socio-Economic and Political History of Nepal 3 48
First RDS 752 Economics of Development 3 48
First RDS 753 Socio-Cultural Perspectives for 3 48
First RDS 754 Theories of Development 3 48
Second AW 758 Academic Writing 1.5 24
Second RPH 761 Philosophic Foundation of Social Sciences 3 48
Second SRD 762 Seminar in Research Design 1.5 24
Second RDS 771 Research Methodology 3 48
Second RDS 772 Data Analysis with Computer Software 3 48
Third   Reading List 6 96
    PhD Thesis/Dissertation 30  

All papers are mandatory.  Eight courses will be taken and are examined in the qualifying test in the end of each semester. Each course is examined by two means.  One component of the final exam is examined through a three-hour written paper at the end of semester. Those who fail the examination in first semester may be permitted to re-sit the examination before commencing second semester. A similar method will be applied to continue to write PhD Thesis. If student failed to pass in re-sit examinations won’t be eligible to write PhD thesis.

The second component of the final examination for each course is the 4000-word scientific paper oriented term paper. The third component of the examination is take-home examination (5000 words) with at least 70 percent of total attendance in the class. The essay must be handed in to the Examination Board at Department. The submission deadline for this essay must be strictly observed. Failure to do so constitutes a breach of examination regulations, for which students may be penalized, including by the deduction of marks. Failure to submit the essay by the deadline is automatically reported to the Head by the Course Coordinator for their adjudication. In case of illness, students must request a stay of deadline through the concerned tutor at department, who will inform the Head of the Department. A letter of support and explanation from your doctor will be required.