Bachelor of Developmental Studies | UMP

APS Required



3 year(s)


Bachelor's Degree





  • Minimum APS: 32
  • English (Home or First Additional Language): Level 4
  • Mathematics Level 2 or Mathematical Literacy Level 3
  • Geography/History and one other social or commercial subject
  • Sciences: Level 4

Career Prospects

Focus Areas:

Development Studies is a broad field, offering graduates diverse paths depending on their interests. Common areas include:

  • Community Development: Working directly with communities on projects related to poverty alleviation, education, health, infrastructure, and empowerment.
  • Project Management: Planning, implementing, and evaluating development projects on behalf of NGOs, government agencies, or international organizations.
  • Policy Analysis and Advocacy: Researching social and economic issues, analyzing development policies, and advocating for change at various levels.
  • Economic Development: Focusing on local economic growth, small business development, entrepreneurship, and trade.
  • Environmental Sustainability: Addressing issues like climate change, natural resource management, and sustainable development practices.
  • Gender and Development: Promoting gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls through development initiatives.

South Africa Specific Considerations:

  • National Development Plan (NDP): South Africa’s NDP provides a framework for addressing development challenges, creating opportunities for graduates to contribute to its implementation.
  • Rural Development Focus: Many career paths involve working with rural communities to address poverty, inequality, and lack of basic services.
  • Social Justice Emphasis: Development Studies aligns with South Africa’s focus on addressing historical injustices and promoting social transformation.

Potential Job Titles:

  • Development Practitioner
  • Program Officer/Manager
  • Community Development Facilitator
  • Policy Analyst
  • Researcher
  • Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist
  • Gender Specialist
  • Rural Development Officer
  • Project Coordinator
  • Social Entrepreneur

Organizations to Target:

  • Government Departments: National and provincial departments involved in social development, economic planning, and rural development.
  • Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs): Large and small NGOs focusing on diverse development issues.
  • International Development Agencies: Organizations like the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the World Bank, and international NGOs
  • Consulting Firms: Companies specializing in development consulting and project management.
  • Research Institutions: Think tanks and universities engaged in development-related research.

Further Development:

  • Skills Development: Courses in project management, data analysis, and specific areas of development (e.g., gender, environment) can increase your competitiveness.
  • Networking: Build relationships within the development sector by attending conferences, workshops, and relevant events.
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