MSc Globalisation and Development
Duration: One calendar year (full-time) or two years (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.
Minimum Entry Requirements: Minimum upper second class degree in a relevant field, though relevant work experience will also be taken into consideration. For admissions queries please contact the MSc Globalisation and Development admissions tutor, Dr Thomas Marois.
Start of programme: September intake only
Who is this programme for?:
This programme is designed for those who want to understand global processes and development, and for those who want to work on, or analyse, development related tasks and issues. It is also highly relevant to anyone working, or intending to work, in development advocacy, policy making, and global development policy analysis, in the NGO sector, government agencies, and international development organisations.
We welcome students with a strong background in the social sciences in their first degree, but we also welcome students who have worked in the area of development, or in a related field.
This exciting programme offers a critical examination of the contemporary process of globalisation and how it influences the developing world, both before and after the ongoing global crisis. The MSc Globalisation and Development blends, in equal measure, critical analysis of mainstream thinking, alternative theories and practices, and case studies of political, social and cultural aspects of globalisation and development.
This degree draws its strength from the unrivalled expertise at SOAS in development problems and processes. The programme is of interest for development practitioners, activists, and students with a scholarly interest in how globalisation influences the developing world, and how the poor majority responds to these challenges.
- Critical and historical approaches to globalisation and their relationship to neoliberalism, imperialism and US global hegemony.
- Contemporary globalising processes – capital flows, state-market relations, transnational corporations, global commodity chains, inequality and poverty on a global scale.
- Transformation of work in the age of globalisation – new types of work, informalisation and precarisation, labour migration, agrarian change and gender relations.
- Globalisation and imperialism – post-Cold War imperial and civil wars, global and regional challengers to US hegemony: China and Russia.
- Globalisation, democracy and culture – human rights, democratisation, cosmopolitanism, standardisation, homogenisation.
- Alternatives to neoliberal globalisation – global labour movement, transnational social movements and NGOs, environmental issues.
Students can draw on SOAS's unique expertise to specialise further in particular regions or topics. Please see 'Structure' for details on core and optional courses.
There are four main components to this degree: three taught courses and a 10,000 word dissertation. All students take a core course, Globalisation and Development. They then select one of two further courses: Political Economy of Development or Theory, Policy and Practice of Development. Through these courses students build their analytical skills and knowledge of the main issues and debates in Development Studies.
Students also take optional courses (one full course or two half courses), allowing them to specialise in particular areas of development and possibly use them to develop a dissertation in a related theme. By tying optional courses 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 courses may run in a given year. Courses at other institutions are not part of the approved programme structure.
All students take Globalisation and Development. Then select either Political Economy of Development or Theory, Policy and Practice of Development. The dissertation is compulsory.
- Globalisation and development - 15PDSC005 (1 Unit) - Full Year
- Political economy of development - 15PDSC002 (1 Unit) - Full Year
- Theory, policy and practice of development - 15PDSC001 (1 Unit) - Full Year
- Dissertation in Development Studies - 15PDSC999 (1 Unit) - Full Year
All MSc students in Development Studies are eligible to attend the one-term , non-assessed course, Economics for Beginners,which introduces students to basic concepts in microeconomics, macroeconomics, development economics, and statistics and econometrics.
Optional Courses - Development Studies
Students may choose optional courses (one full course or two half courses) from the list below. Please check to ensure that any course in which you have a special interest is running in the year that you wish to study. In addition, access to relevant courses in other departments may be negotiated subject to the agreement of both Convenors.
- 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
- Civil society, social movements and the development process - 15PDSH001 (0.5 Unit) - Term 2
- Contested natural resources, rural livelihoods and globalisation - 15PDSH031 (0.5 Unit) - Term 2 - Not Running 2014/2015
- Development practice - 15PDSH013 (0.5 Unit) - Term 2
- East Asia and globalisation - 15PDSH025 (0.5 Unit) - Term 2
- Environment, Governance and Development - 15PDSH050 (0.5 Unit) - Term 1
- 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
- Fundamentals of research methods for Development Studies - 15PDSH017 (0.5 Unit) - Term 1 - Not Running 2014/2015
- Gender and development - 15PDSH010 (0.5 Unit) - Term 1
- Global commodity chains, production networks and informal work - 15PDSH024 (0.5 Unit) - Term 2
- 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
- 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 1
- Security - 15PDSH020 (0.5 Unit) - Term 1
- The working poor and development - 15PDSH030 (0.5 Unit) - Term 2
- 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 - Not Running 2014/2015
Open Options in Other Departments
- Economic development in Africa - 15PECC203 (1 Unit) - Full Year
- Economic dynamics of the Asia-Pacific region - 15PECC334 (1 Unit) - Full Year
- Economic problems and policies in modern China - 15PECC035 (1 Unit) - Full Year
- Economic development of modern Taiwan - 15PECH002 (0.5 Unit) - Term 2
- The political economy of development in Africa - 15PECH004 (0.5 Unit) - Term 1
Politics and International Studies Department
- Government and politics in Africa - 15PPOC205 (1 Unit) - Full Year
- Government and politics of modern South Asia - 15PPOC003 (1 Unit) - Full Year
- Taiwan's politics and cross-strait relations - 15PPOC252 (1 Unit) - Full Year
School of Law
- Human rights in the developing world - 15PLAC111 (1 Unit) - Full Year
- Water Law: Justice and Governance - 15PLAH044 (0.5 Unit) - Term 1
Anthropology and Sociology Department
- Therapy and Culture - 15PANH027 (0.5 Unit) - Term 1
- History of Environment and Globalisation in Asia and Africa - 15PHIH023 (0.5 Unit) - Term 2 - Not Running 2014/2015
Study of Religions
- Religions and Development - 15PSRH049 (0.5 Unit) - Term 1
Teaching & Learning
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 1.2 million volumes, together with significant archival holdings, special collections and a growing network of electronic resources.
Teaching & Learning
Courses are taught by a combination of methods, principally lectures, tutorial classes, seminars and supervised individual study projects.
The MSc programme consists of three taught courses (corresponding to three examination papers) and a dissertation.
Most courses involve a two hour lecture as a key component with linked tutorial classes.
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.
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.
A postgraduate degree in Globalisation and Development from SOAS provides graduates with a portfolio of widely transferable skills sought by employers, 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. Equally graduates are able to continue in the field of research, continuing their studies either at SOAS or other institutions. An MSc in Globalisation and Development is a valuable experience that provides students with a body of work and a diverse range of skills that they can use to market themselves with when they graduate.
Graduates have gone on to work for a range of organisations including:
|African Centre for Biosafety|
Arab Image Foundation
Commonwealth Partnership for Technology Management
Gareth Thomas MP, Shadow Minister for Civil Society
Health Poverty Action
Hitachi Europe Ltd
Ministry of National Education
Ministry of Finance of Japan
Operation Smile Mission in Kenya
The Risk Advisory Group
United Nations Association Of Norway
World Food Programme
The CREES Foundation
World Food Programme
Types of roles that graduates have gone on to do include:
|Policy Network Manager|
Communications and External Affairs Challenger
Investment & Research Analyst
International Development Researcher
Deputy Country Director
Corporate Social Responsibility Specialist
Strategic Initiatives and Communications Associate
|HR Development and Education Assistant|
Project Leader, Arts & Humanities
Head of Programme Funding
Gender and Rural Growth Consultant
Monitoring and Evaluation Programme Officer
For more information about Graduate Destinations from this department, please visit the Careers Service website.
How to apply
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Application Deadline: 2015-03-20 17:00
Application Deadline: 2015-02-27 17:00
Application Deadline: 2015-05-01 17:00
A Student's Perspective
The SOAS Globalisation and Development program brought me a global political element to my past food security background.