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Department of Development Studies

Graduate Destinations

How does a degree in Development help with my career?

The department of Development Studies provides innovative and challenging teaching that engages students in the field and opens our graduates up to a wide range of career possibilities.  Graduates leave SOAS with a portfolio of transferable skills which employers seek, including analytical skills, the ability to think laterally and employ critical reasoning, and knowing how to present materials and ideas effectively both orally and in writing.  The group work elements of the programme also build teamwork and influencing skills.

Former Development Studies students have gone on to employment in a range of international organisations, NGO’s and government organisations, as well as professional roles in both business and public sectors.  The Development Studies degree programmes have also enabled graduates to continue in the field of research either at SOAS or other institutions

Destinations of recent graduates from this department immediately after graduation include:

  • Officers of non-governmental organisations
  • Public services associate professionals
  • Project management professionals
  • Business, research and administrative professionals 
  • Finance and investment analysts and advisers
  • Marketing associate professionals
  • Teaching and other educational professionals 
  • Higher education teaching professionals
  • Welfare and housing associate professionals
  • Journalists, newspaper and periodical editors
  • Finance managers and directors
  • Public relations professionals
  • Management consultants and business analyst
  • Youth and community workers
  • Welfare professionals  
  • Planning, process and production technicians
  • Researchers (national security, police)
  • Senior professionals of educational establishments
  • Social workers
  • Finance officers
  • Authors, writers and translators
  • Business sales executives
  • Chief executives and senior officials

DLHE Statistics

The chart above shows that SOAS Development Studies graduates are very employable. Graduate Destination Surveys from 2011-2012 show that 9the majority of graduates who could be surveyed are either in work, further study, work and study or volunteering. 

Further information about DLHE is available on the Careers Service website.

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