Department of Development Studies


Welcome to the Department of Development Studies 

We offer a range of exciting degree programmes on-campus and online, at BA, MSc and PhD levels. Our degrees are inter-disciplinary, combining political-economy, politics, anthropology, and history approaches to analyse processes of development in different contexts around the world.

Our academic staff create an intellectually engaged and challenging space across the many branches of international development and humanitarianism that make up Development Studies. They specialise in a range of thematic areas including sustainability and climate change, migration and displacement, conflict, humanitarian action, labour, political ecology, and aid and institutions.

Combined with exceptional resources and our interdisciplinary approach, we offer a unique learning and research opportunity for our diverse and vibrant student community.

Our Head of Department says

Welcome to the Department of Development Studies! We are a department of 30 academics and hundreds of students, and our community of alumni, colleagues and friends is worldwide. The study of processes of development is urgent, complex and long-term.

Development Studies places rapidly evolving processes and events in social, political and economic context. This enables scholars to analyse continuities over time, and to identify and explain ruptures and shocks. Development Studies is a live discipline, and our students and staff are challenged to refine our theoretical and practical understanding of why change happens, how power is exercised and in what ways inequalities can be confronted.

Facts and figures

2nd in the world

QS World University Rankings 2023

2nd in the UK

QS World University Rankings 2023

Why choose SOAS for Development Studies?

Development Studies Blog

This is the blog of the Department of Development Studies at SOAS University of London. The Department combines unrivalled expertise of regional development in Asia, Africa, and the Middle East and Latin America.