M.A. On Campus

Development and Labour Studies

Jawaharlal Nehru University

24 months
2200 USD/year
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The Masters Programme in Development and Labour Studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University is a full time two-year interdisciplinary course which will add value to the University’s existing MA Programmes. 


At present none of the Central universities in the city or in the country are offering an interdisciplinary MA Programme in Development and Labour Studies from Jawaharlal Nehru University. Thus the proposed programme is a unique effort at combining the broad thematic parameters of the emerging disciplines development and labour studies.

Objectives of the Programme

  • Preparing students to get interdisciplinary training to do doctoral research on contemporary issues pertaining to labour and informal sector.
  • Providing an interdisciplinary perspective on the contemporary themes and issues on informality and labour drawing from the disciplines of history, economics, sociology and political science.
  • Providing basic theoretical and empirical training to undertake an indepth analysis of the structural changes and public policy challenges that confront the labour in the informal sector in the contemporary world.
  • Training students in development and labour studies so that they can develop leadership skills to work as professionals in these sectors.

Programme Structure

Courses include: 
  • Development: Concepts And Approaches
  • Theoretical and Historical Perspectives on Labour
  • Informal Sector: An Introduction
  • Research Methods in Social Sciences
  • Indian Economic Development: Selected Issues
  • Production Conditions and Labour in Rural India

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines




64 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Students with a bachelor degree in any discipline with minimum 50 per cent marks are eligible to apply. The applicants for the M.A. programme will be examined in the light of their knowledge on themes and issues studied in a standard social science bachelor programme. 
  • The purpose of entrance exam is to test the candidates' general awareness on issues related to development and labour studies, their capacity to comprehend and reflect on academic articles, and their ability in analytical reasoning on the contemporary issues of informal sector. 
  • The M.A. admission test will carry a total of 100 marks and students will be tested in the broad thematic areas of major social science disciplines: political economy, theories and contemporary history of development, development economics, sociological and political theories. The purpose of the test is to select candidates who demonstrate aptitude for analytical skills and ability for original thinking. 

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    2200 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1100 USD per semester during 24 months.
  • 216 RS - national 


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