Master in Sustainable Development

Multidisciplinary Master in Sustainable Development (MSD)


With least conflict, all agree that education at different levels serve for different interests to individuals’ and a society or societies. It is believed that the foundations of behaviors are led quite early during schooling, where society is also a part of schooling. Behavioral induction and reinforcement of positive behavior thereby sustaining those desired behavior is one of the major aims of education; following it development comes as an impact. Taking experiences of past program (Master of Education in Environment Education and Sustainable Development) at School of Education and with number of consultation workshops; tracer studies; we note an increasing demand of an interdisciplinary degree. This has set a rationale for a marketable and sellable ‘Masters in Sustainable Development’ degree program at KUSOED.

Sustainable Development (SD) is an emerging tool to develop critical thinkers, who can take the Environment, Society and Economy together in a complete harmony. The most important part of the society – indigenous and the associated knowledge pool – has been discarded in most of the program in Higher Education. This program is cautious to promote the culture, indigenousity and associated intellectual property rights focused on 21st century agenda towards sustainable future for the entire world. With these entire contexts, this Regional Master’s program in Sustainable Development will stand a sellable as well as marketable degree being offered by Kathmandu University, School of Education.

Key Feature of the Program

The program will carry the purpose held by Sustainable Development in line with global community concerns. So the program will focus on taking the scholars to a lifelong learning process that leads to an informed and involved citizenry having the creative problem solving skill, scientific and social literacy, and commitment to engage in responsible individual and cooperative actions (Council for Sustainable Development, 1992).

Entry Requirements

A candidate with a graduate degree in any field (e.g. B. Ed. /B.Sc. /B Engg./PGDE or equivalent, with completion of 15 years of schooling) from an Institution/university recognized by Kathmandu University with second class standing or minimum 2.5 CGPA is eligible to apply. The scholars need to demonstrate their interest in the program and English language proficiency through an integrated entrance test followed by an interview set by the Department/School. Students getting to the next step of recruitment follow an online registration along with a Migration Certificate (as per KU regulations) from previous institution/University to get officially registered with Kathmandu University and the program.

Structure of the Program

Core Courses 06 Credits Specialization Courses 39 Credits Elective Courses[1]06 Credits Practical Courses 09 Credits
2 Courses3*2=6 Credits 13 CoursesCompulsory Courses (3*13=39 Credits) 2 Courses (3*2=6 Credits)Select 2 Courses from the pool Compulsory Course2 Courses (6+3=9 Credits)
  1. EDUC 508 Theory and Practice in Education
  2. EDUC 509 Research Methodology
  3. EDSC 510 Fundamentals of Environment
  4. EDSC 511 Introduction to Global Change
  5. EDSD 512 Fundamentals of Sustainable Development
  6. EDSD 513Statistical Techniques for Research
  7. EDSC 521 Human and Environment
  8. EDSC 522 Environmental Management
7.EDSD 523 Economics of Sustainability

  1. EDSD 525 Gender and Social Inclusion
  2. EDSD 526 Sociology of Sustainable Development
  3. EDSD 527 Project Management for Development Results
  4. EDSD 528 Communication in Sustainable Development
  5. EDEN 531 Technology in Sustainable Development
  6. EDSD 520 Sustainable Enterprises and Entrepreneurship
1.EDSD 524 Natural Resource Management and Environmental Ethics

  1. EDSD 529 Education for Sustainable Development

3.EDSD 530 Conservation Management

  1. EDSD 533 Global Climate Change
  2. EDSD 534 Policy and Planning for Sustainable Development
  3. 6. EDSD 535 Diversity and Local Cosmology in Sustainable Development[2]
  4. EDSD 536 Education for Social Transformation
  5. EDSD 537 Discourses of Education and Development
  6. EDSD 538 Globalization and Emerging Institution
  7. EDSD 539 Management and Leadership in Sustainable Development
  8. EDSD 542 Community Research
  9. EDSD 543 Community Activity

13.EDSD 545 Independent Study

  1. EDSD 532 International and Comparative Perspective in Sustainable Development
  2. EDSD541 Internship (03 Credit)
2.EDSD 559 Dissertation (06 Credits)Or[3]

  1. EDSD 544 Research Project I (03 Credit)
  2. EDSD 554 Research Project II (03 Credit)

ED/EDUC= Education; SD=Sustainable Development; SC=Science; EN=Engineering

Masters in Sustainable Development_Course Outline


Program Coordinator

Parbat Dhungana


Kathmandu University, School of Education (KUSOED)

Balkumari, Lalitpur

GPO Box: 6250, Kathmandu

Phone Number: 977-01-5548104, 977-01-5549764

Fax Number:977-01-5533814


[1] Students can go for 2 courses (2 electives) from wide range of elective courses/pool based upon the availability (offer) with prior approval from the Department.

[2] The courses marked in italics have been planned for offer to year 2014 enrollment.

[3] Students can either go for a dissertation or undertake two research projects I and II