MA in Environment & Development

Programme Description

The aim of the two-year MA programme in Environment and Development is to foster interdisciplinary research and learning in the areas at the intersection of human society, non-human beings and the biophysical environment. The programme is guided by the idea that ecological challenges such as resource depletion, inequalities and conflicts result from complex interactions of social and environmental factors and that meaningful intervention in these debates should be informed by knowledge and skills on a wide range of themes and subjects. This MA programme will provide students with an interdisciplinary perspective based on an informed understanding of social and natural sciences, as well as insights from the lived world.

It is expected that students passing out of this programme will be equipped to work in government agencies, academia, private corporations, non-governmental organisations, consultancy firms, civil society initiatives as well as the media. In order to continuously bring in the best in the discipline, the course committee has institutionalised mechanisms by which feedback on the curriculum is provided periodically by experts in this field.


Programme Structure

  • The MA in Environment and Development comprises a total of 64 credits spread over two years (four semesters).
  • Each semester would be of 16 credits, ordinarily carried over 16 weeks of academic work including assessments and field projects.
  • The total 64 credits required for completion of MA Environment and Development programme are divided as : eight core courses (4 credit each, totalling to 32 credits); several specialised electives (2 or 4 credits each, totalling to 22 credits); one graded internship (2 credits) and one dissertation research (8 credits). The internship and dissertation research are included as field practicum.
  • Each credit in a course is equated to one hour of teaching or two hours of group work/laboratory work / field work, per week for 16 weeks. Thus a 4-credit course entails four hours per week.


The candidate must have a Bachelor’s degree with 45% marks (or equivalent grades) from a recognised university in any discipline. Relaxation of 5 per cent for candidates belonging to Schedule caste, Schedule Tribes, and Physically handicapped. Meeting the eligibility criteria is a must for appearing in the entrance examination.


Fee Structure

A sum of of Rs. 16,000 will be charged as fees for each semester, and Rs. 500 will be charged as contribution to the Student Welfare Fund. The total fee payable at the time of admission will be Rs. 18,500 which includes Rs. 16,000 for Semester 1, a refundable caution deposit of Rs. 2,000 and Rs. 500 for the Student Welfare Fund. For details of fee refund, please refer to the University Bulletin of Information.

The University offers full and partial fee waivers to students who are in need of support given their economic backgrounds. In fact, 25 per cent of the fees collected from students are returned to the economically disadvantaged students by way of Fee waivers and scholarships. Over the previous 3 years, 229 students have been awarded fee waivers. Most of these have been full fee waivers.

The University has also created a Student Welfare Fund in order to support needy students in bearing the costs of study material, like photocopying, textbooks, and even subsistence.


Admission Procedure

  • SHE admission will be based on a two-stage process with a written examination and a personal interview. The total maximum score obtainable is 100 marks, of which the Written Examination will be worth 75 marks and the Personal Interview will be worth 25 marks
  • All candidates appearing for the Written Examination will also be called for the Personal Interview. Attending both the entrance examination and personal interview is compulsory for a candidate to be considered for admission to MAED.
  • The minimum cut-off for a candidate to be considered for the first admission list will be not less than 50% of the total marks.
  • Seats will be allocated based on the reservation policy adopted by AUD

Entrance test
1 July
9-10 July
Announcement of First Admission list
17 July
Admission based on first list
18-20 July
Announcement of Second list
22 July
Admission based on second list
23-25 July
Announcement of Third List
26 July
Admission based on third list
27-30 July

Any changes in the schedule will be notified on the University Notice Board and website. For test and interview dates and other information on the online admissions process, fee refund, cancellation of admissions etc., please refer to the University Bulletin of Information.

Admission Updates

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