Some students enrolled in the MA programme wish to undertake more prolonged research that will lead to a full Master's thesis. Students can therefore apply to move from the course-based stream into the thesis-based stream at the beginning of the winter term.
Students take four half-courses.
These include the core courses DEVS 801* (Political Economy of Development), DEVS 802* (Cultural Politics of Development) and two further courses from inside or outside the department. Students are also strongly recommended to complete DEVS 850* (Professional Seminar in Global Development Studies) in addition.
During their first year, students design a research programme that will lead to a Master’s Thesis. The thesis is a work of 75-100 pages long and makes an original contribution to the field of global development studies.
Completion normally takes 18-24 months.
The thesis option gives students the time necessary to pursue a deeper programme of research, often involving fieldwork or other primary data collection. The student completes four half-courses, rather than six in the course-based programme. This is to allow the student time to develop a concentrated programme of research that will result in an original thesis that uses primary data. The thesis will be between 75-100 pages and will be defended before a committee of three examiners. Notably, this option provides research experience that better prepares students for doctoral studies or other forms of research-based work.
Students applying to the Global Development Studies MA Programme who think they might be interested in an eventual switch to the two-year research stream are encouraged to contact potential supervisors at the time of their application to discuss research interests and availability. They should discuss a focused thesis topic, funding options, and data collection processes early and consistently during the fall term with their potential supervisor, in order to submit a strong thesis stream application. They should also take the initiative to apply for external scholarships (e.g. SSHRC in October/November and OGS in January).
The deadline for applications to switch into the thesis-based stream is January 15. Please submit the following to the Graduate Office by this date:
Successful applicants will be chosen on the basis of:
Academic merit: a minimum average of A minus from the Fall courses is required to be considered.
Strong supervisory link: you must have a suitable supervisor with good expertise in your prospective research area who is keen to support and supervise your work.
Coherent proposal: you need to demonstrate a strong and coherent proposal for a thesis.
Please be aware that, if accepted into the thesis-based stream, the department will do its best to find additional sources of funding such as TA-ships and RA-ships through faculty members' research grants. Unfortunately, beyond the standard QGA allowance, DEVS cannot guarantee that such funds will be available.