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Department of Development Studies

Student Profiles

Some of the things our students and alumni have said about us:

Asia Mohamud

BA Swahili and Development Studies

Asia Mohamud

SOAS has widened my understanding of the world and made me hungry to understand it further once my degree is over

Katalin Kovacs

BA African Studies and Development Studies

Katalin Kovacs

To be here is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. I can develop my academic skills and grow personally. My studies have been exciting and rewarding.


Josephine Tsui

MSc Globalisation and Development

Josephine Tsui

The flexibility of the department to customize my classes was extremely appreciated so I could focus on the gendered component of globalisation.

Nina Kaysser

MPhil Development Studies

Nina Kaysser

The past two years at SOAS have been most challenging and stimulating at the same time.


Robtel Neajai Pailey

PhD Development Studies

Robtel Neajai Pailey

Above all, being at SOAS is like coming ‘home’. It’s a place where I feel entirely comfortable in my own skin, while also being challenged to question who I am, and what I stand for.

Joe Buckley

MSc Labour, Social Movements and Development

Joe Buckley

Deciding to come here will be one of the greatest decisions you ever make. You will find a warm, welcoming second home in the centre of London.


Nuren Sherali Parpia

BA Development Studies and Africa

Nuren Sherali-Parpia

SOAS provides students with plenty of flexibility to explore their talents and discover new ones.

Ingrida Kerusauskaite

BA Development Studies and Politics

Ingrida Kerusauskaite

SOAS is a unique University that combines both academic excellence and a vibrant, active and innovative student body.


Mikaela Parrack

BA South Asian Studies and Development Studies

Mikaela Parrack

My choice to study at SOAS was the best decision I ever made; being a student here is an exciting and unique experience.

Mia Eskelund Pedersen

BA Arabic and Development Studies

Mia Eskelund Pedersen

The atmosphere at SOAS is incredibly stimulating, and learning in an environment with such a diverse group of engaged students has really made for a very unique learning experience.


Maryam Ramadan

BA Social Anthropology and Development Studies

Maryam Ramadan

Truly, deeply and sincerely, I love my time at SOAS and I cannot but seriously recommend that you choose to come here. I guarantee you that you will feel like part of the ‘family’ straightaway!

Heidemarie Jahn

BA Development Studies and Social Anthropology

Heidemarie Jahn

Studying at SOAS has been an amazing experience for me that could hardly have been matched by any other university!


Mia Eskelund Pedersen

BA Arabic and Development Studies

Mia Eskelund Pedersen

The atmosphere at SOAS is incredibly stimulating, and learning in an environment with such a diverse group of engaged students has really made for a very unique learning experience.

Katherine Wycisk, Wake Forest University

Study Year Abroad

Katherine Wycisk

Londoners are the friendliest people you’ll ever meet, and one conversation will shatter forever the image of the British as cold and aloof.


Jason Hill, Tufts University

Study Year Abroad

Jason Hill

SOAS has exceeded my expectations; in fact, I could not be happier with my lecturers and their courses

Inger Lise Ellingsen, University of Oslo

Study Year Abroad

Inger Lise Ellingsen

The best way to find something to do is to follow the weekly SOAS student email, where most student societies and activities are posted.


Roku Foku, Vassar College

Study Year Abroad

Roku Foku

The lecturers are passionate about teaching and the students have a passion to learn.