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The Bachelor of Arts in Development Studies is an inter-disciplinary undergraduate programme which provides students with a foundation in Development and nation building

Development is one of the greatest challenges nationally and globally, and graduates from the programme will find a significant and expanding range of job opportunities in the public, private and civil society sectors.

The programme integrates a deep understanding of development and economic development with an accompanying set of skills – assets which are crucial in the job market of the future.

UDS offers the best development programs at the FID faculty. The programs are


4-Year BA (Integrated Development Studies )
4-Year BA (Integrated Development Studies with Environment and Resources Management Option)
4-Year BA (Integrated Development Studies with Economics and Entrepreneurship Development Option)
4-Year BA (Integrated Development Studies with Development Communication Option)
4-Year BA (Integrated Development Studies with Social & Development Administration Option)


Students who complete the B.A. in Development Studies have various options for career and academic progression such as:

Development Consultants
Economists and Development Economists
Development Finance and Banking
Careers in both local and international development institutions the Development Bank of Southern    Africa, the African Development Bank, the World Bank, the United Nations Development Programme, UNICEF, and local and international NGOs such as World Vision, Operation Hunger and Oxfam
Careers and jobs in a variety of national, provincial and local government departments
Careers in socio-economic and marketing research
Social and Environmental Impact Analysts
Monitoring and Evaluation Specialists
Development Planning Officers

The multidisciplinary approach of the program allows interested graduates entry into postgraduate studies, not only in Development Studies and Economics, but also Politics, Social Anthropology, Law, Geography, and History.