The Open Institute for Social Science
Jhamsikhel, Lalitpur

Writing and Research Application Deadline

Writing and Research, 1-year Higher Diploma (Level 5)

Applications are now open for the next session of our 1-year Higher Diploma. The semester begins in February. To begin your application process, please schedule a personal consultation by filling out the form below.

This is an intensive 1-year program, accredited by Training Qualifications UK, an official Awarding Body of the British Government's Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation.

This course requires a fulltime commitment and will be conducted through a mix of in-person and virtual teaching.

If you have any additional questions about the course, you can reach us at [email protected]

Program Details

1-year Higher Diploma
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This one-year Higher Diploma program is designed to empower you with the skills most important to the new knowledge economy: writing, research, and critical thinking. You'll be challenged to push yourself in a rigorous and supportive environment, and you'll leave with a new capacity to make change in the world.

The program is conducted over two semesters. The first semester is primarily classroom-based, comprising a mix of instructional activities but focused on small, discussion-based seminars. In the first semester, the faculty help students to recognize their own critical thinking skills through reading, writing, and debate. By the end of the first semester, students will have created a rigorous and viable research project proposal.

The second semester, by contrast, is primarily field-based, and interactions among students and faculty happen through a variety of technologies including video conferencing, telephone calls, text-based forums, and our learning management website. For the duration of the second semester, students are expected to engage in fulltime field research on the projects they designed in the first semester. The faculty support and challenge this work through a combination of extensive individual supervision and collaborative peer-to-peer workshops. As the culmination of this research work, students are expected to create a publishable original work based on the research work they have conducted.

Program Principles

  • Liberal arts teaching philosophy
    Discussion-based classes, tightly integrated with project-based exploration of practical skills

  • World class, student-focused learning
    Internationally accomplished faculty committed to engaged mentorship and closely-supervised independent projects

  • Supportive infrastructure
    Saturday classes designed for working people; two peaceful study environments, including a retreat campus just outside Kathmandu on a rural hillside; modern learning tools for communication and collaboration.

  • No barriers to talent
    Need-based financial aid for qualified students

Course Structure

Semester 1 (Classroom based):

  • History of Social Thought (3 credits)
  • Critical Epistemology and Methodology (3 credits)
  • Contemporary Social Writing (3 credits)
  • Research Project Design (3 credits)

Semester 2 (Field based):

  • Ethnographic Theory (3 credits)
  • Field Methods (3 credits)
  • Research Writing (3 credits)
  • Supervised Capstone Project (3 credits)


Admissions Process

Applicants must have a bachelor's or master's degree at the program start. We are committed to building a dynamic and diverse group, and we encourage people of all backgrounds, ages, nationalities, and identities to apply.

Applications are now open. To schedule an individual consultation, please submit your name, contact information, CV, and short statement of purpose at the form found at the links below

We are committed to maintaining the best student-to-teacher ratio of any similar program in Nepal. Consequently, we expect the application process to be very competitive. For best chance of admission, please apply early.

Course fees: 200,000 NPR per semester
We have an extensive need-based financial aid program available. Cost will not be a barrier to admitted students.

Extended course fees: 5000 USD per semester
The extended program includes two additional courses: Nepali language and Introduction to Nepal studies designed for international students.

(Please note that the above-listed fee is fully inclusive of all taxes, course materials, library fees, and all expenses on group field trips. An additional Diploma fee of 30,000 NPR will be charged at course completion, payable to our accrediting body Training Qualifications UK.)

Course Application
The first step in our application process is to schedule an individual consultation. To schedule yours, please fill out the form below. We'll get back to you shortly.


The first step in our application process is to schedule an individual consultation. To schedule yours, please fill out the form below. We'll get back to you shortly.