The Department of Local Development Studies offers MA, MPhil and PhD courses. M.A. course focuses on Decentralisation, Development and Planning, Economics and Politics of Development Process, Governance, Development Experiences of Kerala and India, Human Development, Decentralisation Theory and Practice, Public Finance, Research Methodology, Project Management and Quantitative Methods. No other Universities in India offer this kind of an M.A. course which deals with Decentralised Planning and Local Development. The department aims at high quality research on the areas like people’s planning, democratic decentralization and developmental issues.