The programme aims to produce a thorough bred graduate in development studies with a clear understanding of both practical and theoretical issues in international development.

  • To guide students through cutting-edge research methods in development studies in order to unpack, explore and understand the various development challenges faced by communities.
  • To equip students with knowledge and skills that equips them to be agents of positive change in society.
  • To expose students to various topical theoretical paradigms and practical examples of transformative development processes so that they can inform social change processes in communities.
  • Candidates must have passed 5 subjects at Ordinary Level and the subjects should include English with at least a C grade or better.
  •  Apart from five (5) subjects at Ordinary Level a student must have passed at least two subjects at the Advanced Level. One of the subjects should preferably be Geography, History, Management of Business, Sociology, Law, Economics or Agriculture, OR
  • A Diploma in Development Studies, Education, Agriculture, Nursing or Public Health, or equivalent from this university or a recognized institution with a merit pass or higher.

4 years Conventional and Block Release.

Candidates graduating with a Bachelor of Social Science Honours Degree in Development Studies can work in a variety of social science environments that are development related. They can be employed in international and local development organisations. Holders of this qualification can also work in various government departments such as those that deal with gender, social welfare, HIV and AIDS, Monitoring and Evaluation and social research issues.

Full Programme Structure


HSDS 1111 Introduction to Development Studies

HSDS 1112 Introduction to Research Methods

HSDS 1113 Civil Society, Government and the Private Sector in Development

HSDS1114 HIV and AIDS Management in Africa

HSDS 1115 Communication Skills

IDPL 1101 Peace and Leadership Studies

  • HSDS 1216 Famines and Food Aid Studies
  • HSDS1217 Advocacy and Development
  • HSDS 1218 Project Planning and Management
  • HSDS 1219 Introduction to Social Policy Studies
  • HSDS 1220 Principles of Monitoring and Evaluation
  • HSDS 2113 Computer Packages for Development
  • HSDS 2114 Gender, Disability and Development
  • HSDS 2115 Rural Development
  • HSDS 2116 Development Theories and Approaches
  • HSDS 2117 Multilateral Institutions of Development
  • HSDS 2218  Climate Change and Development
  • HSDS 2219  Urban Development
  • HSDS 2220 Media and Development
  • HSDS 2221  Land Reform and Development in Africa
  • HSDS 2222  Disasters and Development

HSDS 3000 Industrial Attachment

Student's Work Related Learning Report
Academic Supervisor's Assessment Report
Employer's Assessment Report

  • HSDS 4108  Population and Development
  • HSDS 4109  International Trade and Development in Africa
  • HSDS 4110  Advanced Research Methods
  • HSDS 4111  Governance and Development
  • HSDS 4112   Public Health in Zimbabwe
  • HSDS4214   Migration and Development
  • HSDS4215   Public Policy
  • HSDS4216   Political Economy of Natural Resources
  • HSDS 4217  Research Project