Established in 1954, the School of development studies at the University of KwaZulu-Natal is a multi-disciplinary research and post-graduate teaching institution that offers course-work or dissertation Masters degrees in Development Studies and Population Studies. In addition, the School offers a diploma option and has a thesis-based PhD programme. The School incorporates the Centre for civil society.
The School engages in multi-disciplinary development and policy-support research, as well as capacity-building. Research themes include:
industry and urban development
poverty and inequality
social aspects of HIV/AIDS
Researchers at the School are actively involved in collaborative projects. Some examples of longstanding collaboration are: Institute of development studies University of Sussex ; Africa centre for health and population studies; International food policy research institute , London School of hygiene and tropical medicine and The centre for the analysis of South African social policy.
The website includes details about Masters degrees. Research reports and working papers are available to download from the website.