Master of Science in Sustainable Rural Development


To graduate qualified females, with diverse racial cultural and ethnic backgrounds, in the fields of rural extension, education and development for successful and rewarding professional careers.


To achieve excellence and prominence as a leading regional institution of learning, research in development work to meet the needs of existing and emerging career paths who will be change agents and development professionals locally, regionally and internationally.


July of each year.

Admission Requirments

  • This follows the Admission requirements set by the School of Graduate Studies and approved by the University Academic
  • Specific requirement is the applicant should hold an honour Bachelor Degree from AUW or an equivalent degree from another recognized institution in social or natural

Degree requirements

Requirement                                                                                      Total cr.

Courses                                                                                               21

Thesis                                                                                                  9

Curriculum Outline

Semester One                                                                                                                                    

Course  code    Course Title                                                                Credits

SRDE 799      Thesis                                                                                 9

SRDE 701    Social and Human Development                                                2

SRDE 702    Poverty and Development                                                        2

SRDE 703   Environmental Resources Management and Conservation                3

SRDE 704   Concepts, Theories and Measurements of Development                 3 

Semester Two

Course code      Course Title



SRDE 705      Research Methods and Applied Statistics


SRDE 706      Strategies for Rural Development


SRDE 707      Project Management


SRDE 708      Rural Extension and Communication


Semester Three                                                                                                                                      

Course  code    Course Title                                                                Credits

SRDE 799      Thesis                                                                               9

Course Descriptions

SRDE 701               Social  and Human Development                                                                     2 cr.

This course explores all aspects of human and social development, including socioeconomic phenomena, implications and strategies. The course will discuss and criticize the welfare policy and basic human needs systems, rights and policies between Sub-Saharan Africa and other countries analyzing the root causes and remedies to be adopted.

SRDE 702               Poverty and Development                                                                               2 cr.

The course explains the dimensions and causes of poverty and critically analyzes the policies and approaches of poverty reduction, economic poverty and financial services in the third world with especial reference to Sub-Saharan Africa regions and how could be effective and efficient for sustainable rural development. The course aims to train the students in techniques of how to measure and create plans of action concerning poverty reduction.

SRDE 703               Environmental  Resources  Management and Conservation                             3 cr.

The course focuses on concept, methods and strategies for environment and natural resources management and conservation.

SRDE 704               Concepts, Theories  and  Measurements of Development                               3 cr.

The course introduces the theories of development, policies and practices with emphasis on critical analysis to development theories and their Implications behind third World underdevelopment, seeking new dimensions and alternative development that is sustainable and attainable to rural Sudan. The course will deal with different measurements of development indicators and indexes. In addition, the course is basically gender oriented in which the approaches and framework of gender and development will be elaborated.

SRDE 705               Research  Methods  and Applied Statistics                                                      4 cr.

The course introduces the principles of conducting social research and puts more emphasis upon participatory learning and action (PRA/PLA). It will help the students to develop their capacity in understanding the process of social research and how to write a thesis. In addition, the course will strengthen the statistical skills and knowledge needed for doing a research.

SRDE 706               Strategies  for Rural Development                                                                   2 cr.

The course discusses the undergoing changes in rural development work and the role of the state and the non-governmental organizations in strengthening the strategies and plans of actions and programs that geared to sustainable rural development. The course will critically review the projects and programs for rural development in the third World with particular emphasis on Sudan.

SRDE 707               Project Management                                                                                        3 cr.

This course covers project management in developed and developing countries with particular emphasis to Sudan. The course discusses project identification, planning establishment phase, analysis, monitoring and evaluation. The course is gender sensitive gives consideration to develop concepts in general planning, financing project cycle, and framework, preparing proposals and documents, project characteristics, financing and financial development, and other main areas of project management, nature of project and managers role.

SRDE 708               Rural  Extension and Communication                                                               2 cr. 

This course explores the tools and mechanisms and strategies for rural change that suit different structure of rural communities. Techniques and models of rural extension and communication will be reviewed and critically analyzed and explore how could be effectively prepared and utilized to meet the required rural social change.

SRDE 799               Thesis                                                                                                               9 cr.

This is a final research report based on field work in the issues of rural development either social or economic.


Master of Science in Humanitarian Assistance and Post Disaster Development


The program aims to qualify students in the launching and management humanitarian response and delivery of services to individuals, families and communities affected by natural and/or man-made shocks. Prepare students to analyze and conduct high quality research in the area of Humanitarian Assistance and Post Disaster Development.


The program aspires to provide comprehensive educational and training package to qualify graduates in delivering optimum care to vulnerable and disaster affected individuals and communities at both national and regional levels.


July of each year.

Admission Requirements

  • This follows the Admission requirements set by the School of Graduate Studies and approved by the University Academic
  • Specific requirement is the applicant should hold an honour Bachelor Degree from AUW or an equivalent degree from another recognized institution in social or natural sciences or health

Degree requirements

Requirement                     Total cr.

Courses                              38

Thesis                                 6

Semester One

Course code Course Title



HAPD 701      International Humanitarian Laws


HAPD 702      Humanitarian Assistance Ethics and Principles


HAPD 703      Sustainable Livelihoods and Vulnerability Analysis


HAPD 704      Conflict Theory and Resolution


HAPD 705      Development Theories, Policies and Strategies


HAPD 706      Gender, Gender Based Violence and Humanitarian Response


Semester Two                                                                                                                                       

Course code      Course Title                                                                     Credits

HAPD 707      Humanitarian Response Coordination and programming                  3

HAPD 708      Issues in Humanitarian Assistance and Post Disaster                       3


HAPD 709     Risk Management                                                                     3

HAPD 710      Monitoring and Evaluation Systems                                             3

HAPD 711      Research Methodology                                                             3


Semester Three                                                                                                                                      

Course code      Course Title                                                                 Credits

PHLT 709       Public Health During Emergency                                            3

HAPD 720      Nutrition in Emergency                                                         3

IMED 705       Education in Emergencies                                                     3

HAPD 721      Grants and Proposal Writing                                                  3

HAPD 722      Food Security and Aid Policies                                                3

HAPD 723      Trauma and Psychosocial Response                                        3


Semester Four                                                                                                                                      

Course code      Course Title                                                                Credits

HAPD 799      Thesis                                                                               6


Course Descriptions

HAPD 701              International Humanitarian Laws                                                                     2 cr.

This course explores the background of the establishment of the International Humanitarian Law and provides the opportunity to discuss contemporary international humanitarian issues. International treaties will take an important role thus enable students to understand global human rights issues.

HAPD 702              Humanitarian  Assistance  Ethics and Principles                                               2 cr.

This course covers the evolution of humanitarian action, humanitarian principles, standards and code of conduct. The course will introduce the points of debate concerning these interventions. What roles the international agencies are playing? What guide these roles? How the affected population reacts during crisis? How they cope? And what to do to strengthen the different coping strategies to save lives and livelihood?

HAPD 703              Sustainable  livelihoods  and Vulnerability Analysis                                         3 cr.

The course explains the techniques and methodologies used in identifying livelihood, risk and vulnerability and how to strengthen livelihoods, reduce impact of potential risks while enhancing local coping strategies. Methodologies of vulnerability analysis, GIS application for risk mapping early warning systems, the potentials and limitations of relief handouts, and other forms of assistance, development policy and planning in risky environments, and the political economy of targeted states or regions will be discussed.

HAPD 704              Conflict  Theory and Resolution                                                                       2 cr.

This course examines conflict theories, conflict analysis, conflict resolution and peace-making as theoretical field of inquiry, research and practice. The course explores the role of crucial factors such as culture, class, ethnicity, gender, religion and ideology in the analysis. A case study approach will be utilized.

HAPD 705              Development  Theories,  Policies and Strategies                                             3 cr.

The course introduces the participants to different views, definitions of theories of development, policies and practices. The course will deal with different measurements of development indicators and indexes. In addition, the course is basically gender oriented in which the approaches and framework of gender and development will be elaborated.

HAPD 706              Gender, Gender Based Violence and Humanitarian Response                        2 cr.

This course examines situations of armed conflict, civilian experiences of these crises, and the international and national humanitarian and military responses to these situations from a gender perspective and highlights the policy and program implications that this perspective presents. Case studies are drawn from recent and current armed conflicts worldwide.

HAPD 707              Humanitarian  Response  Coordination and Programming                                3 cr.

The course explains the main elements of recovery programming required to deliver high-quality, timely and accountable humanitarian assistance. It focuses on providing an understanding of the different agencies to recovery programming approach, explores the key strategic issues that need to be considered when building recovery into disaster response program, with practical application of the recovery approach to the program cycle.

HAPD 708              Issues in Humanitarian Assistance and Post Disaster Development                2 cr.

The course describes all the important aspects of humanitarian assistance. It is designed to enabling the students to recognize the complexity and integrating nature of the disaster and the respond to disaster. It provides the students with the factors that contribute to the vulnerability or the resilience in addition to the issues associated with ethics and organization in humanitarian settings.

HAPD 709              Risk Management                                                                                             3 cr.

The course covers how to establish a context for hazards risk management; risk identification, risk analysis, risk assessment, risk communication; risk based decision making; risk mitigation; and overall process of monitoring and review.

HAPD 710              Monitoring  and Evaluation Systems                                                                3 cr.

The course provides the students with an understanding of the past government and non- government experiences in monitoring and evaluation of projects. The students will be equipped with skills for work in the assessment of various development and humanitarian projects.

HAPD 711              Research Methodology                                                                                    3 cr.

This course covers the different aspects of research methods quantitative and qualitative research and relevant methods. An introductory theoretical survey of research and research methods (research design, data collection, analysis, writing up and presentation of research) will be taught to help the students to acquire the scientific approach to tackle research problems.

PHLT 709               Public  Health During Emergency                                                                     2 cr.

This module aims to provide students with knowledge and critical understanding of common public health problems in humanitarian emergencies. This is to enable them to adopt an evidence-based and reasoned approach to the critical assessment and management of the problems and to develop and evaluate strategies for their prevention and control.

HAPD 720              Nutrition in Emergency                                                                                     3 cr.

This course equips the students with the expertise needed to lead or support nutrition responses. It is intended to build the skills of anyone who has an involvement with emergency nutrition, including health and food security staff, and general program managers. In addition, providing up-to-date technical theory of Nutrition in Emergency.

IMED 705               Education in Emergencies                                                                                3 cr.

This course helps students to think effectively in educational approaches that suit the situations of those disadvantaged groups affected by crisis (natural disasters or war/conflict and violence) and how these groups’ educational needs and rights are fully met and satisfied. Moreover, strategies of enhancing, strengthening and promoting global knowledge and capacity will be worked out.

HAPD 721              Grants  and Proposal Writing                                                                            3 cr.

The subject of this course is proposal writing. The course covers the process of planning and of research on, outreach to, and cultivation of potential foundation and corporate donors. This course is aimed at creating an understanding of the process and tools needed for translating a desire to respond to human need and problems into a realistic plan of action.

HAPD 722              Food Security  and Aid Policies                                                                        3 cr.

This course serves as a bridge in thinking of importance of nutrition for development and food aid in emergencies. The course discusses the manifestations of household and national food insecurity which differ in these contexts, but risks of individual nutrition failure are related to risks of household food security, which in turn related to risks inherent in the physical, climate factors, economic, cultural and political environment that is the backdrop to household coping strategies and behavior.

HAPD 723              Trauma  and Psychosocial Response                                                                 3 cr.

This course provides the students with a comprehensive exploration of the psychological trauma field, including the history and current theories in the field, the nature of trauma (sexual abuse, combat, and natural disasters), how trauma affects individuals and systems, grief reactions, and traumatic stress. The course explores the professional’s response to trauma.

HAPD 799              Thesis                                                                                                               6 cr.

The students in addressing humanitarian crisis and conflicts will conduct original research topics. A thesis will be presented.


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