SOAS University of London

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 (including combined degrees) immediately after graduation are listed below.

Example employers include:

Amnesty International
Asian Disaster Preparedness Centre
Atlas Corps
Aurat Foundation (AF)
Basis Research
BBC World Service
Bridge Mental Health
Caritas Luxembourg
Christian Aid
Control Risks
Electoral Commission
Fairfood International
Freelance Reporter, Journalist and Researcher
Habib University
International HIV/AIDS Alliance
Jesuit Hakimani
University of Copenhagen
Local Space Ltd
Mansfield International Inc.
Mavens of London
Menkus & Associates
Nywele Creative
Oxford Poverty & Human Development Initiative
Rory Peck Trust
Save the Children
Self-Employed Communications Consultant
Self-Employed Guest House Manager
Self-Employed International Development Consultant
Self-Employed Researcher and Consultant
Self-Employed Teacher
Service-Line V.O.F.
St Mungo's Broadway
Syria Relief
Tata Institute of Social Sciences
The American University in Cairo
The Asfari Foundation
The Castle Climbing Centre
The Devon Hotel
The Global Poverty Project
The Leprosi Mission
The People's Assembly Against Austerity
The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea
The Times of India
Thermax Social Initiative Foundation
Thomson Reuters
Tower Hamlets Youth Sport Foundation
Transparency International UK
University of Johannesburg
Unspecified Children's Rights Charity
Unspecified Relief and Development Company
World Together Ethiopia

Example job titles include:
Assessment, Monitoring and Evaluation Officer
Assistant Editor
Assistant Professor
Assistant School Leader
Associate Investigator
Business Analyst
Campaign Assistant
Community Engagement Co-Ordinator
Development Assistant
Education Worker
English Teacher
Entrepreneur and CEO
Freelance Broadcast Journalist
Freelance Communications Consultant
Freelance Reporter, Journalist and Researcher
Freelance Researcher and Consultant
GCSE Arabic Teacher
Inclusion Worker
Internal Advocacy Professional
Investment Risk Consultant
Junior Business Analyst
Manager of Fundraising & Communications
Managing Director
Market Research Assistant
Marketing Analyst
Mobile Money for the Unbanked Insights Co-Ordinator
National Co-Ordinator
National Sales and Distribution Development
Operation Administator
Operations Assistant
Philanthropy Officer
Policy and Outreach Co-Ordinator
Post-Doctoral Fellow
Programmes Assistant
Project Assistant
Project Development Officer
Project Manager
Project Officer
Project Support Officer
Public Affairs Officer
Research Assistant
Research Executive
Research Officer
Research Programme Officer
Researcher in Food Issues
Secondary School Teaching Assistant
Secretarial and Administrative Assistant
Self-Employed Freelance Development Consultant
Self-Employed International Development Consultant
Senior Adviser
Senior Planning Assistant
Strategy and Development Assistant
Student Assistant
Sub-Saharan Africa Researcher
Volunteer Manager
Web Developer
Women's Mission Director

DLHE Statistics

Graduate Destination Surveys from 2014 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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