Introduction to SoHSS

UIU has set up the School of Humanities and Social Sciences (SoHSS) in Fall 2019. The SoHSS welcomes the prospective students from Bangladesh and beyond as the United International University has a unique pedagogical platform in addressing the 21st century’s social issues and concerns in Bangladesh in integration and coordination with theoretical understanding in South Asia and beyond. After the WWII, South Asia has been is in great social transformation with enormous economic growth and related development in infrastructure, globalization, and connectivity. This transformation is causing changes in family values, social mobility, job opportunity replacement, and consumption pattern in Bangladesh which need to deal with the contemporary disciplines like sociology. Sociological perspectives on social change can be helpful in addressing the diverse issues. One major aspect of this change is to explore the consequences of value changes in family, community, and society in Bangladesh. Social mobility is important component in sociology but it needs to have equal opportunity for the different groups of people like day labor or coastal fishermen. Our sociological vision is to understand this equality vision of social mobility. Moreover, old job opportunity is replacing with new one; sociological perspective would like to ask a question: are the marginalized people successful in securing their occupational status in new job market. Are the consumption behavior of people improving as the economic growth is in better position ever in Bangladesh. If the negative elements of such changes like deviance, downward social mobility, unemployment, and unsafe food consumption increase, sociological perspective would like to focus on the issues with the questions: are the individuals responsible for the cause by themselves?Or are such elements happening because of society or social products?  In addition to deeper theoretical landscape, social research methodology in terms of qualitative and quantitative approach will be the foundation in exploring social, cultural, political, and economic aspect of issues and concerns, and their connection with global dynamics of power structure. Based on the stronger blend between theory, methodology, and contemporary issues, the graduates of SoHSS will have job opportunities at government organizations, Non-Government Organization, bank, Multinational Corporation, international agencies, colleges and universities, and industrial park.    


Programs of SoHSS

SoHSS is offering Master in Development Studies (MDS) program. The school has planned to offer at least four academic programs – Bachelor in Environment and Development Studies (BEDS) program, Bachelor in Sociology, Bachelor of Arts in English, and Masters in Public Health from the Fall 2020. All the programs are constructed in new paradigms of higher education for facing the challenges of changing societies. These programs will be managed applying the relevant appropriate pedagogical approaches, e.g., transformative and functional education, participatory teaching approach, case study based teaching, applied education, building interface of theories and practices, multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary discussions, and social reconstructions discourses to build leadership among the youth to win over the challenges of managing uncertainties, e.g., COVID 19 Pandemic and so on.

MDS program of SoHSS

The United International University (UIU) offers Master in Development Studies (MDS) program since Fall 2009 with a commitment to contribute in producing young professionals with capacity of interdisciplinary knowledge and skills to response to the growing demand of professionals in government, NGO and private sectors in Bangladesh. Central aim of this program is to build interdisciplinary knowledgeable, skilled and capable young leaders in Sustainable Development.

An 18 months long 39 credit hours MDS program focuses on Interdisciplinary Education and Research. Students have scope to get engaged in collaborative research projects; participate in International Conference on Sustainable Development held in February every year at UIU; produce and publish articles jointly with UIU Faculty; build networks with development organizations, research and education institutions through participation in forums and seminars; and field study.

Admission Requirements

  • Candidates must have a bachelor degree with a second class/division or CGPA 2.00 or above in a scale of 4.00 in any discipline from a recognized public or private university.

Credit Requirements 

For MDS degree, a student has to complete 39 credits, with 11 courses of 3 credits eachand thesis of 6 credits. Students have to complete 09 (Nine) Core Courses, which are mandatory and 02 (Two) Elective Courses (6 credits). Student must take two [additional] Elective Courses if she/he does not opt for Thesis.

Course and Credit Structure of MDS program

Core Courses

Elective Courses (any two)

Course Code

Course Title


Course Code

Course Title


MDS 501

Economics for Development


MDS 521

Development Organization and Management


MDS 503

Sociology & Social Anthropology of Development


MDS 550

Micro finance: Theory, Principles and Performance 


MDS 505

The Political Economy of Underdevelopment


MDS 605

Public Policy Analysis, Approaches and Techniques


MDS 510

Sustainable Development: Policies & Tools


MDS 622

Governance and Development Management


MDS 511

Philosophy and Forms of Development and Governance


MDS 640

Environmental Impact Assessment


MDS 530

Program and Project Analysis and Design


MDS 682

Gender and Development


MDS 633

Poverty Analysis and Programs



MDS 686

Disaster Management


MDS 698



MDS 690

Research Methodology and Tools for Development 



Total Credits



Total Cost of the Program (MDS): Admission Fee (for one time only) – Tk.15000, Student ID Card (refundable) – Tk.2000, Trimester Fee (@5,000 x 4 trimester) – Tk.20,000, Tuition Fees (@3,700 x 39 credits) -144,300 (Total cost – Tk.179,300).

The MDS students having five years experience of working in government, semi government and NGO sector will be entitled to 40% tuition fee waiver.

Top 15% of UIU students get 25% to 100% tuition fee waiver on the basis of trimester examination results.

Required documents for admission:

  1. Photocopies with attestation of all certificates, marks sheet, testimonials, National ID Card/Birth Certificate/Passport, National ID Card of Father/Mother, 2 copies of recent passport size & 1 copy of stamp size photograph (which you uploaded online) are required to submit for admission.
  2. The signature of Father/Mother/Guardian is mandatory on the Admission Form. If anyone puts his/her signature as a guardian, the photocopy of National Id Card of the signatory has to be submitted in the Admission Office.

Please apply Online- or visit

You may please contact Prof. Dr. Hamidul Huq, Dean, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, UIU. Cell phone: 01819259969. Email:

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