Population Studies

Why Population Studies must Study at Ratna Rajya Laxmi Campus ?


Welcome to the Department of Population Studies in Ratna Rajya Laxmi Campus, Tribhuvan University. This Department offers Three Years Bachelors and Semester based Masters Degree program in Population Studies.

The main mission of the department is to enhance the technical and theoretical understanding along with the knowledge and skills of students in demographic and social sciences required to compete in the global and national job markets. We, basically, focus on preparing competent professionals in the field of demography, social justice, proposal writing, monitoring and evaluation, report writing, research and intensive data analysis by applying quantitative and qualitative techniques.

However, the main purpose of the Master Degree in Population Studies is to produce competent demographers with a strong background in the population theory and methods of demographic analysis techniques who can critically analyze the interrelationship between population factors and development with its various ramifications based on primary and secondary data.

Since, demographers are supposed to collect information/data and analyse about basic vital events like birth and death rates, migration, population growth, population distribution, structures, urbanization, environment, reproductive and sexual health and right, contraceptive use, employment status, nuptiality, poverty, access to sanitary status, education, life expectancy, and these statistics are very much essential in the context of national building and development. Demographers are also capable of predicting what will happen in the future based on current demographic parameters, which may be helpful to avoid or plan the potential problems and they may have the capacity to study why things happen and what the consequences are, including the effects of population trends on the natural resources and environment, for instance, climatic changes including various infrastructures.

Salient Feature

1.RR Campus is the first among the faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences Campuses in the Valley, which has   started teaching “Population Studies” as then “Population Education” at undergraduate level since late 1900 decade.

2.It is centrally located Campus

3.The Department has a bunch of experienced and qualified 17 faculty members:

3.1       Having foreign university degree

3.2       Having latest data analysis and report writing tools and technical skills, who are competent, dedicated and hardworking

3.3       Having intensive work experiences with different field of research in Social Sciences, Demography and Population Studies

3.4       Recently, three faculty members of the Department have been selected from Nepal to participate in Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) 2018 Fellows Program. The main purpose of this DHS Fellows Program is to enhance and strengthen the capacity of the faculty members by providing essential technical knowledge and skills on how to analyze and use DHS data properly

4.Department has regular classes

5.Department imparts knowledge on practical and market-oriented packages

6.Department emphases on field-based research and thesis work by using statistical technique and computer

7.Department uses of multi-media modes in teaching learning activities

8.Department runs student-friendly learning environment

Who can apply in Population Studies?

  1. Bachelor Level Course:

Candidates, who have completed grade 12 in any discipline from a national and international university or institute recognized by Tribhuvan University can apply in Bachelor Level.

  1. Master Level Course:

Candidates, who have completed Bachelor in any discipline from a national and international university or institute recognized by Tribhuvan University can apply in Master Level.

Nature of Course and Teaching Program

The Master degree is a thesis program, which has to be completed over four semesters. The duration of each semester will be of six months. Each semester consists of 5 courses, each carrying 3 credits. The third and fourth semesters have the provision of “optional courses” as well where students will be choosing courses from “optional groups” in addition to compulsory courses. They are also required to submit a thesis worth of 3 credits in the fourth semester as a prerequisite to complete Master degree. Thesis write-up will consist of 75 percent and viva voce will consist of the remaining 25 percent of the total grade of the thesis.

 Nature of Examinations and Evaluations System

1.Internal Examinations for each course will be held in the department, which worth of 40 percent of the total grade. Such as:

1.1       One research paper of minimum 7 to 10 pages (double-spaced) is assigned 50 percent of Internal Grade

1.2       Mid-term examination is assigned 30 percent of Internal Grade

1.3       Attendance, presentation, and active participation in the class is assigned 20 percent of Internal Grade

2.Final Examinations: There will be held final examinations by Dean Office for each course at the end of the semester, and they are assigned 60 percent of the total grade.

Grading System

Each course will have 3 credit hours with 48 teaching sessions, which will be completed in 16 weeks of time span. The final grade for each course will be reported in numerical grade from 0 to 4-grade points. To get through the course, students must receive 2.7-grade points. The Cumulative Grade Points will be calculated on the 4 points scale as indicated below:

Grade Points       Equivalent Numerical Grade Points         Performance Remarks

4.0                               90 and above                                          Distinction

3.7                               80-89.9                                                    Very good

3.3                              70-79.9                                                     First Division

3.0                               60-69.9                                                   Second Division

2.7                               50-59.9                                                    Pass in individual subject

0.0                             below 50                                                   Fail


Courses of Master degree in Population Studies Offered

The following is the semester wise list of courses designed to offer in Master Degree in Population Studies:

First Semester: 5 courses x 3 credit hours = 15 credit hours

Paper Code No. Subject Title Full Marks
Compulsory Courses                                                                                   
I Pop. 551 Principles of Demography – I 50
II Pop. 552 Applied Statistics for Population Studies 50
III Pop. 553 Demographic Methods for Population Analysis – I 50
IV Pop. 554 Population, Health and Development 50
V Pop. 555 Population, Resource and Development 50

Second Semester: 5 courses x 3 credit hours = 15 credit hours

Paper Code No. Subject Title Full Marks
Compulsory Courses                                                                                    
VI Pop. 556 Principles of Demography – II 50
VII Pop. 557 Population  Dynamics and Nepalese Society 50
VIII Pop. 558 Demographic Methods for Population Analysis – II 50
IX Pop. 559 Research Methods for Population Analysis 50
X Pop. 560 Population Poverty and Human Development 50

Third Semester: 5 courses x 3 credit hours = 15 credit hours

Paper Code No. Subject Title Full Marks
Compulsory Courses
XI Pop. 561 Computer Application in Population Studies (census and survey data analysis) 50
XII Pop. 562 Migration and Development 50
XIII Pop. 563 Demographic Methods for Population Analysis – III 50
XIV Pop. 564 Population, Gender and Development 50
XV (Options) Pop. 565.1 Population and Development Policies 50
Pop. 565.2 Demographics of Ageing and Social Welfare
Pop. 565.3 Population, Environment and Development
Pop. 565.4 Urbanization and Urban Rural Linkage

Fourth Semester:

3 courses x 3 credit hours = 9 credit hours and Thesis 6 credit hours = 15 credit hours

Paper Code No. Subject Title Full Marks
Compulsory Courses                                                                                   
XVI Pop. 566 Population Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation 50
XVII Pop. 567 Demographic Methods for Population Analysis – IV 50


XVIII (Options)

Pop. 568.1 Health, Morbidity and Mortality  




Pop. 568.2 Reproductive Health
Pop. 568.3 Population and Social Justice
Pop. 568.4 Family and Household Demography
Pop. 568.5 Population and Conflict Resolution
XVIX Pop. 569 Thesis 100