Beginning from AD 2008, CDPS has introduced Master of Philosophy (MPhil) in Population Studies in order to train manpower in Demography at a higher level as a prerequisite to Doctor of Philosophy in Population Studies.


The MPhil courses emphasize training in methodological, theoretical and empirical aspects of population research with multi-disciplinary focus.

Admission Criteria

Prospective students of MPhil must have possessed MA in Population Studies, Demography, Public Health, Public Administration and Health Education with at least second division from either Tribhuvan University (TU) or from other Universities recognized by TU. Students are admitted by screening through an entrance examination.

Courses and Credit Hours

The Central Department of Population Studies has proposed 9 courses for MPhil Programme including thesis. The duration of the programme will be of three semesters. Each of the first and the second semester will be devoted to teaching 12 credit hour courses. The third semester will be devoted to preparing thesis with 6 credit hours with full marks 50. Final examination carries 50 marks (Internal assessments 30 marks and a research paper 10 marks each).

First Semester: (4 courses x 3 credit hrs = 12 credit hrs)
Compulsory Papers
Pop. 621: Population and Development: Theories and Practices 
Pop. 622: Advanced Demographic Analysis
Pop. 623: Population and Human Development 

Optional papers (any one)
Pop. 624 A: Demographic of Ageing
Pop. 624 B: Population, Environment and Development

Second Semester: (4 courses x 3 credit hrs = 12 credit hrs)
Compulsory Papers
Pop. 625: Research Methods in Population Studies 
Pop. 626: Migration, Urbanization and Development
Pop. 627: Gender, Poverty and Development 

Optional Papers (any one)
Pop. 628 A: Reproductive Health 
Pop. 628 B: Population Policies and Programmes

Third Semester: (1 paper x 6 credit hrs = 6 credit hrs) 
Pop. 699: Thesis 
The third semester is a compulsory thesis writing semester.