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    Bachelor of
    Rural Development

Bachelor of Rural Development is a three year, six semester program with a second major in Sociology. The program is offered at Thames International College by the School of Social Sciences in association with Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Tribhuvan University. Students will have to complete 90 credit hours to graduate. Students are also required to appear for 14 course examinations which will lead to Bachelor of Arts degree from Tribhuvan University

Education in rural development will open doors for a variety of career opportunities ranging from public administration to politics to development sector. While encouraging students’ abilities to work in teams and lead innovation in the workplace, the main aim of this course is to help students develop an understanding of the wider world through interdisciplinary learning. Critical understanding of societies, understanding of social problems, ethical questions of the contemporary world, and the development of critical perspectives and skills to engage in the development of rural societies are the major points to draw from the BRD program at Thames.

At the time of admission

Fees Amount Payable on Admission
Admission Fee
(Admission, University Registration, Induction
and Education Support Programs)

Semester wise fee breakdown

Level No. of Credit Hour
per Semester
Tuition per
Credit Hour
Tuition per
Due Date
1st Semester 15 Credit Hours Rs. 4300.00 Rs.64,500.00 Fall, 2019
2nd Semester 15 Credit Hours Rs. 4300.00 Rs.64,500.00 Spring, 2020
3rd Semester 15 Credit Hours Rs.4300.00 Rs.64,500.00 Fall, 2020
4th Semester 15 Credit Hours Rs. 4300.00 Rs.64,500.00 Spring, 2021
5th Semester 15 Credit Hours Rs. 4300.00 Rs.64,500.00 Fall, 2021
6th Semester 15 Credit Hours Rs. 4300.00 Rs.64,500.00 Spring, 2022

Admission Fees

All the students admitted to School of Social Sciences (SOSS) at Thames International College are required to make one- time payment of Rs. 82,970.00 at the time of admission. The Admission fee includes admissions, university registration, induction and education support program fees.

Tuition and Fees

Students are invoiced every semester for the number of credit hours taken in the respective semester. The tuition per credit hour is Rs. 4300.00. Students register for 15 credits every semester and complete 90 credit hours over the period of 3 years to graduate.

Examination Fee

Students are required to pay examination fee to the university every year. The examination fee is not included in any of the headings above and is payable at the time of examination registration.

Tuition for Independent Class

Students who receive NQ (Not Qualified) as a grade in the internal assessment will have to register for the independent class next year for that particular course in order to appear for the university exams. The tuition for the independent class is also Rs. 4300.00 per credit and will be charged on top of the regular tuition for the semester.


Student can receive a discount of 10% should they decide to pay the tuition fees of all 3 years during the time of admission.

Required General Education Courses (33 Credits)

Code Course Cr. Hr.
ENG101 Academic Writing I 3
ENG103 Interdisciplinary Approach to Learning English I 3
PSY101 Psychology 3
ENG102 Academic Writing II 3
ENG104 Interdisciplinary Approach to Learning English II 3
NEP101 Nepali 6
ITC101 Computer Information System 3
ENG201 Reading, Writing and Critical Thinking 3
ENG202 Interactive Approach to Academic Reading 3
STT301 Statistical Package for Social Science 3

Required Rural Development Major Course (30 credit)

Code Course Cr. Hr.
RDS101 Theories and Approaches of Rural Development 3
STT101 Research for Beginners 3
ECO201 Rural Economy I 3
RDS201 Introduction to Rural Resources & Environment 3
ECO202 Rural Economy II 3
RDS202 Management of Environmental Resources 3
SOC301 Rural Sociology 3
RDS301 Government, Institutions and Civil Society 3
RDS302 Rural Development: Approaches and Applications 3
RDS303 Local Rural Governance 3

Required Social Work Major 2 Courses (30 credits)

Code Course Cr. Hr.
SOW101 Concepts and Principles of Social Work 3
SOW102 Social Work Practicum I 3
SOW201 Methods of Social Work 3
SOW202 Integrated Social Work  Practice 3
SOC203 Seminar on Contemporary Social Issues 3
SOW204 Social Work Practicum II 3
SOW301 Social Welfare Administration 3
SOW302 Research Methods in Social Work 3
SOW 304 Social Work Senior Overview: Thesis 3
SOW 305 Social Work Practicum III 3

Required Sociology Major 2 Course (30 credits)

Code Course Cr. Hr.
SOC101 Introduction to Sociology 3
SOC105 Understanding Social World 3
SOC205 Sociological Theories I 3
SOC206 Dynamics of Nepali Society II 3
SOC207 Sociological Theories II 3
SOC208 Dynamics of Nepali Society I 3
SOC302  Research Methods in Sociology 3
SOC303 Sociology of Democracy, Diversity and Inequality I 3
SOC305 Sociology Senior Overview :Thesis 3
SOC306 Sociology of Democracy, Diversity and Inequality II 3

Required Elective Courses (6 credits)

Code Course Cr. Hr.
SOW303 Development Perspective in Social Work 3
SOC304 Anthropology of Contemporary issues in Nepal I 3
SOW306 Internship 3
SOC307 Anthropology of Contemporary Issues in Nepal II 3

Applicants for the the Bachelor of Rural Development at Thames will be reviewed through their applications, interviews, and the Central Management Admission Test (CMAT) before being admitted. Thames offers scholarships to students requiring financial aid. Scholarships are awarded based on need, merit, and students’ performances.

Admission Process

Step 1: Get the application form from the Office of Admissions or Apply Online

Step 2: Submit your filled application form to the Office of Admissions at Thames. Please enclose the required documents, as mentioned on the form, and an application fee of Rs.1000 along with your application form. If you are applying online, you will have the application fee to pay on campus while you come for Thames Aptitude Query.

Please note that the Office of Admissions may reject your application if the seats for the program you wish to enroll in are already filled.

Step 3: While submitting your application forms, please make sure you book a date for the Thames Aptitude Test.

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Thames Aptitude Test (TAT)

All students interested in applying to Bachelor of Rural Development are required to appear on Thames Aptitude Test conducted by the Thames International College.

The test has four primary areas and each of these areas carry a 25% weightage. Student must secure a minimum of 40% in the Thames Aptitude Test. Students will be tested on areas of Verbal Ability, Quantitative Ability, Logical Reasoning, and General Awareness.

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