Development Studies

Combining political economic, globalisation, migration and displacement, conflict, agrarian change, labour movement and political ecology, Development Studies at SOAS is engaging with understanding, challenging and contributing to vital debates about social, political and economic change.

Join a global network of Alumni’s working in areas of development, social change and policy making. As we strive to deliver more world leading research and partnered work with the UN and large scale NGOs.

SOAS is one of the world’s leading centres for the study of development and we pride ourselves on bringing together cutting-edge research with our teaching on development theory, policy and practice.

Postgraduate Development Studies Degrees

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Ranked 4th in QS World University Rankings by subject 2018

Our research in action

Research from the Department of Development Studies has long been in demand by UN organizations and southern governments seeking alternatives to mainstream approaches to development.

Researchers from the department are central to curriculum design and in teaching at the African Programme on Rethinking Development Economies (APORDE) annual residential schools, delivering high level training for public sector officials, trade unionists, NGO members and African early-career researchers.

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