SOAS University of London

Department of Development Studies

MSc Environment, Politics and Development

duration:
One calendar year (full-time) Two (part-time, daytime only) We recommend that part-time students have between two and a half and three days free in the week to pursue their course of study.

Fees 2016/17

UK/EU fees:
£10,470
Overseas fees:
£17,895

This is a Band 3 fee. The fees are per academic year. Please note that fees go up each year. Further details can be found in the Fees and Funding tab on this page or in the Registry Postgraduate Tuition Fees page

2016 Entry requirements

  • Minimum upper second class honours degree (or equivalent). Relevant work experience may also be considered.
  • Subjects Preferred: Social Science

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Overview

Programme Code: PGTF0039/PGTP0059/PGTP0060

Start of programme: September intake only

Mode of Attendance: Full Time or Part Time

Who is this programme for?:

The programme attracts applications from students with a variety of academic and experiential backgrounds. We welcome applications from those who have worked in a broad field of development, but also from students without relevant work experience who can demonstrate a strong interest in, and understanding of, environment-development issues. A good first degree in a social science is preferred.

This programme takes a critical political ecology frame and examines environmental policy and its intersections with development from a social justice angle. It is taught and convened by leading political ecologists and offers a critical analysis of key issues including water, forestry, climate, fisheries, agricultural production, biodiversity, conflicts and energy supply.

The masters asks important questions including:

  • How does the environment intersect with global  poverty, wealth and questions of inequality?
  • Can Carbon trading offer a solution to managing climate change?
  • How does access to water intersect with dynamics of wealth and poverty?
  • Is wildlife conservation implicated in social injustices?
  • What role can and do environmental movements play in development?
  • Is there a link between environmental change and violent conflict?
  • What is the political ecology of forests?

The MSc programme’s emphasis on transferable analytical skills has been of great benefit to the many graduates who have returned to, or taken up, professional careers in development in international organisations, government agencies and non-government organisations. Students also benefit from the wide range of modules on offer, both within the Department and across the School, allowing them to create individualised interdisciplinary programmes.

The MSc Environment, Politics and Development has four components: two compulsory modules; one full-module option or two half-module options; and a dissertation of 10,000 words. Please see Postgraduate Modules for details on core and optional modules taught within the Department.

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Structure

Overview
There are four main components to this degree: three taught modules and a 10,000 word dissertation. All students take a core module,  Political Ecology of Development. They then select one of four further core modules: Political Economy of Development; Theory, Policy and Practice of Development; Political Economy of Violence, Conflict and Development; or Law and Natural Resources. Through these modules students build their analytical skills and knowledge of the main issues and debates in Development Studies.

Specialisation
Students also take optional modules (one full unit module or two half-unit modules), allowing them to specialise in particular areas of environment, politics and development and potentially to develop a dissertation in a related theme. By tying these to their individual dissertation topic, students design their degree to suit their own interests and career development goals.

Students should be aware that not all optional modules may run in a given year. Modules at other institutions are not part of the approved programme structure.

Core Modules

All students take Political Ecology of Development. Then select either Political Economy of Development, Theory, Policy and Practice of Development, Political Economy of Violence, Conflict and Development or Law and Natural Resources. The dissertation is compulsory.

ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Political Ecology of Development 15PDSC009 1 Unit Full Year
Political economy of development 15PDSC002 1 Unit Full Year
Theory, policy and practice of development 15PDSC001 1 Unit Full Year
Political economy of violence, conflict and development 15PDSC003 1 Unit Full Year
Law and Natural Resources 15PLAC126 1 Unit Full Year
Dissertation in Development Studies 15PDSC999 1 Unit Full Year
Non-Assessed Courses

All MSc students in Development Studies are eligible to attend the one-term , non-assessed module, Economics for Beginners,which introduces students to basic concepts in microeconomics, macroeconomics, development economics, and statistics and econometrics.

Optional Modules
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Agrarian Development, Food Policy and Rural Poverty 15PDSH026 0.5 Unit Term 2
Aid and development 15PDSH027 0.5 Unit Term 1
Borders and Development 15PDSH023 0.5 Unit Term 1 Not Running 2016/2017
Civil society, social movements and the development process 15PDSH001 0.5 Unit Term 2 Not Running 2016/2017
Development practice 15PDSH013 0.5 Unit Term 2
Environment, Governance and Development 15PDSH050 0.5 Unit Term 1 Not Running 2016/2017
Extractive Industries, Energy, Biofuels and Development in a Time of Climate Change 15PDSH048 0.5 Unit Term 2
Famine and food security 15PDSH022 0.5 Unit Term 1 Not Running 2016/2017
Fundamentals of research methods for Development Studies 15PDSH017 0.5 Unit Term 1
Gender and development 15PDSH010 0.5 Unit Term 1
Global commodity chains, production networks and informal work 15PDSH024 0.5 Unit Term 1
Global Health and Development 15PDSH051 0.5 Unit Term 2
Issues in forced migration 15PDSH015 0.5 Unit Term 1
Marxist Political Economy and Global Development 15PDSH053 0.5 Unit Term 2
Migration and Policy 15PDSH029 0.5 Unit Term 1
Natural resources, development and change: putting critical analysis into practice 15PDSH031 0.5 Unit Term 2
Neoliberalism, Democracy and Global Development 15PDSH054 0.5 Unit Term 2
Problems of development in the Middle East and North Africa 15PDSH019 0.5 Unit Term 2
Security 15PDSH020 0.5 Unit Term 1
The working poor and development 15PDSH030 0.5 Unit Term 2 Not Running 2016/2017
Understanding economic migration: Theories, Patterns and Policies 15PDSH032 0.5 Unit Term 2
Water and development:conflict and governance 15PDSH049 0.5 Unit Term 2
Open Options in Other Departments
Politics and International Studies Department
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Government and politics in Africa 15PPOC205 1 Unit Full Year
Government and politics of modern South Asia 15PPOC003 1 Unit Full Year Not Running 2016/2017
Politics of Globalisation and Development in Asia and Africa 15PPOC017 1 Unit Full Year
School of Law
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Human Rights in The Developing World 15PLAC111 1 Unit Full Year
Water Law: Justice and Governance 15PLAH044 0.5 Unit Term 1
History Department
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Environmental History of Asia 15PHIH023 0.5 Unit Term 2
Anthropology and Sociology Department
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Anthropological approaches to agriculture, food and nutrition 15PANH053 0.5 Unit Term 2
Study of Religions
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Religions and Development 15PSRH049 0.5 Unit Term 1
Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy (CISD)
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Global Energy & Climate Policy 15PFFC017 1 Unit Full Year
Energy Policy in the Asia-Pacific 15PFFH011 0.5 Unit Term 2

Programme Specification

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Teaching and Learning

Materials

SOAS Library
SOAS Library is one of the world's most important academic libraries for the study of Africa, Asia and the Middle East, attracting scholars from all over the world. The Library houses over 1.5 million volumes, together with significant archival holdings, special collections and a growing network of electronic resources.

Teaching & Learning

Modules are taught by a combination of methods, principally lectures, tutorial classes, seminars and supervised individual study projects.

The MSc programme consists of three taught modules (corresponding to three examination papers) and a dissertation.

Lectures
Most modules involve a two hour lecture as a key component with linked tutorial classes.

Seminars
At Masters level there is particular emphasis on seminar work. Students make full-scale presentations for each unit that they take, and are expected to write papers that often require significant independent work.

Dissertation
A quarter of the work for the degree is given over to the writing of an adequately researched 10,000-word dissertation. Students are encouraged to take up topics which relate the study of a particular region to a body of theory.

Fees and funding

Tuition Fees

Full details of postgraduate tuition fees can be found on the Registry's Postgraduate Tuition Fees page.

This is a Band 3 tuition fee.

The fees below are per academic year. Please note that fees go up each year. 

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Overseas
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£10,470 £17,895 £5,235 £8,948 £3,490 £5,965
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