Development Studies

Development Studies

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Postgraduate Development Studies Degrees

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

We critically evaluate development practices in the context of societal change, seeking new insights that can benefit communities as well as international and local agencies working with the people affected.

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What’s it like to study MSc Development Studies at SOAS

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Introduction to Development Studies

[/vc_column_text][vc_video link=”https://youtu.be/8hQoW32jmO4″ el_width=”80″ align=”center”][/vc_tta_section][/vc_tta_pageable][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row gap=”35″ padding_top=”10″ padding_bottom=”10″][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_empty_space height=”2px”][vc_tta_accordion style=”flat” shape=”square” color=”purple” c_icon=”chevron” c_position=”right” active_section=”1″][vc_tta_section title=”MSc Development Studies” tab_id=”1476872017435-1cd52930-dd0c2a23-4fe9b180-1e2e”][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_column_text]Provides a solid interdisciplinary social science formation in development theory and practice and develops students’ capacities for independent and critical analysis.[/vc_column_text][kleo_button title=”Course profile” href=”http://www.soas.ac.uk/development/programmes/mscdevstud/” style=”see-through” size=”lg” special=”no” icon=”0″ uppercase=”yes”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”MSc Development Studies (Central Asia Pathway)” tab_id=”1477396028690-c3098f29-139d”][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_column_text]Applicants apply for the MSc Development Studies programme but can decide to follow the Central Asia Pathway upon arrival by choosing the combination of modules required for this pathway.[/vc_column_text][kleo_button title=”Course profile” href=”http://www.soas.ac.uk/development/programmes/msc-development-studies-central-asia-pathway/” style=”see-through” size=”lg” special=”no” icon=”0″ uppercase=”yes”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”MSc Development Studies (Contemporary India Pathway)” tab_id=”1477396067623-05cd9e8b-7fce”][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_column_text]Students taking the Contemporary India Pathway will develop a specialist understanding of Development Studies in the context of Contemporary India.[/vc_column_text][kleo_button title=”Course profile” href=”http://www.soas.ac.uk/development/programmes/msc-development-studies-contemporary-india-pathway/” style=”see-through” size=”lg” special=”no” icon=”0″ uppercase=”yes”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”MSc Development Studies (Palestine Pathway)” tab_id=”1477396113204-5dcb66f1-fe1c”][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_column_text]Students taking the Palestine Pathway will develop a specialist understanding of Development Studies in the context of Palestine.[/vc_column_text][kleo_button title=”Course profile” href=”http://www.soas.ac.uk/development/programmes/msc-development-studies-palestine-pathway/” style=”see-through” size=”lg” special=”no” icon=”0″ uppercase=”yes”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”MSc Environment, Politics and Development” tab_id=”1477396201702-fc24b78b-f318″][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_column_text]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.[/vc_column_text][kleo_button title=”Course profile” href=”http://www.soas.ac.uk/development/programmes/mscenvironpoldev/” style=”see-through” size=”lg” special=”no” icon=”0″ uppercase=”yes”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”MSc Globalisation and Development” tab_id=”1477396150906-d2bdf4bc-c6bb”][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_column_text]Critically examines the contemporary process of globalisation and how it influences the developing world, both before and after the ongoing global crisis.[/vc_column_text][kleo_button title=”Course profile” href=”http://www.soas.ac.uk/development/programmes/mscglobdev/” style=”see-through” size=”lg” special=”no” icon=”0″ uppercase=”yes”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”MSc Labour, Activism and Development” tab_id=”1477396253026-7d70dbcb-04e0″][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_column_text]For anyone intending to work on labour and labour-related social movements in development agencies and NGOs, labour and solidarity movements, corporate social responsibility initiatives, and to activists in both developed and developing countries.[/vc_column_text][kleo_button title=”Course profile” href=”http://www.soas.ac.uk/development/programmes/msc-labour-social-movements-and-development/” style=”see-through” size=”lg” special=”no” icon=”0″ uppercase=”yes”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”Short Summer Course: Development and Conflict” tab_id=”1528196735373-af521d42-1604″][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_column_text]This course examines the linkages between conflict and development, between inequality and violence, and between the structures and interests which contribute to the continuation of violence within and between countries.[/vc_column_text][kleo_button title=”Course profile” href=”https://www.soas.ac.uk/summerschool/subjects/development-studies-and-environment/development-and-conflict/” style=”see-through” size=”lg” special=”no” icon=”0″ uppercase=”yes”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”Short Summer Course: Migration and Diaspora” tab_id=”1528196734125-0a509b88-13ce”][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_column_text]This course takes a multidisciplinary approach to provide participants with a broad understanding of current migration flows, providing both historical perspective and contemporary context.[/vc_column_text][kleo_button title=”Course profile” href=”https://www.soas.ac.uk/summerschool/subjects/culture-society-and-history/migration-and-diaspora/” style=”see-through” size=”lg” special=”no” icon=”0″ uppercase=”yes”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_tta_section][/vc_tta_accordion][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_empty_space height=”2px”][vc_tta_accordion style=”flat” shape=”square” color=”purple” c_icon=”chevron” c_position=”right” active_section=”0″][vc_tta_section title=”MSc Migration Mobility and Development” tab_id=”1525347760227-0c9f30f9-4682″][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_column_text]For those hoping to work in international agencies, humanitarian organisations, and NGOs and students intending to go on to carry out PhD research.[/vc_column_text][kleo_button title=”Course profile” href=”http://www.soas.ac.uk/development/programmes/prog/” style=”see-through” size=”lg” special=”no” icon=”0″ uppercase=”yes”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”MSc Research for International Development” tab_id=”1525347723764-32c44216-0a7a”][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_column_text]This programme gives students advanced interdisciplinary training in research methods and topics in Research for International Development.[/vc_column_text][kleo_button title=”Course profile” href=”http://www.soas.ac.uk/development/programmes/msc-research-for-international-development/” style=”see-through” size=”lg” special=”no” icon=”0″ uppercase=”yes”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”MSc Violence, Conflict & Development” tab_id=”1525347675837-2170046e-9bb0″][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_column_text]Explore these linkages both within specific country and regional contexts and in the context of global interdependencies and the ways these affect peace, war, and non-war violence.[/vc_column_text][kleo_button title=”Course profile” href=”http://www.soas.ac.uk/development/programmes/mscviolconfdev/” style=”see-through” size=”lg” special=”no” icon=”0″ uppercase=”yes”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”MSc Violence, Conflict & Development (Palestine Pathway)” tab_id=”1525347455185-8e43e90a-03e8″][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_column_text]Applicants apply for the MSc Violence, Conflict and Development programme but can decide to follow the Palestine Pathway upon arrival by choosing the combination of modules required for this pathway.[/vc_column_text][kleo_button title=”Course profile” href=”http://www.soas.ac.uk/development/programmes/msc-violence-conflict-and-development-palestine-pathway/” style=”see-through” size=”lg” special=”no” icon=”0″ uppercase=”yes”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”MPhil/PhD in Development Studies” tab_id=”1525347379144-f5c60429-dcae”][vc_column_text]We are particularly interested in potential research students who wish to work in one of the main Departmental Research Clusters, namely: Labour, Movements and Development; Neoliberalism, Globalisation, and States; Violence, Peace and Development; Water for Africa; Migration, Mobility and Development; Agrarian Change and Development; Development Policy, Aid, Institutions and Poverty Reduction.[/vc_column_text][kleo_button title=”Course profile” href=”https://www.soas.ac.uk/development/programmes/phd/” style=”see-through” size=”lg” special=”no” icon=”0″ uppercase=”yes”][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”MPhil/PhD in International Development” tab_id=”1525347273626-6fdd89b0-7969″][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_column_text]Students may follow the PhD pathway in International Development.[/vc_column_text][kleo_button title=”Course profile” href=”https://www.soas.ac.uk/economics/programmes/phdintdev/” style=”see-through” size=”lg” special=”no” icon=”0″ uppercase=”yes”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”MSc Sustainable Development” tab_id=”1541413812007-06c3bdc8-8bd5″][vc_column_text]Designed to assist both existing professionals working within environment and development spheres, and people moving into international and national-level organisations and agencies promoting sustainable development.[/vc_column_text][kleo_button title=”Course Profile” href=”https://www.soas.ac.uk/cedep/online-programmes/msc-sustainable-development-new/” style=”see-through” size=”lg” special=”no” icon=”0″ uppercase=”yes”][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”MSc Humanitarian Action (Online)” tab_id=”1478699436089-de8a0fe8-4444″][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_column_text]The MSc Humanitarian Action is a new programme that builds on the strengths of the department in areas of violence, aid and security.[/vc_column_text][kleo_button title=”Course profile” href=”https://www.soas.ac.uk/development/programmes/msc-humanitarian-action-online/” target=”_blank” style=”see-through” size=”lg” special=”no” icon=”0″ uppercase=”yes”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”MSc International Development (Online)” tab_id=”1556526801067-aec1f587-b3cb”][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_column_text]International Development is a dynamic field concerned not only with processes of change in the South, but of social, economic, political and cultural change in middle income countries and the Global North.[/vc_column_text][kleo_button title=”Course profile” href=”https://www.soas.ac.uk/development/programmes/msc-international-development-online/” target=”_blank” style=”see-through” size=”lg” special=”no” icon=”0″ uppercase=”yes”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”MSc/PGDip/PGCert Climate Change and Development (Online)” tab_id=”1556526718742-685168e3-460c”][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_column_text]Designed to meet the needs so that organisations can be more effective in their efforts towards change.[/vc_column_text][kleo_button title=”Course profile” href=”https://www.soas.ac.uk/cedep/online-programmes/msc-climate-change-and-development/” target=”_blank” style=”see-through” size=”lg” special=”no” icon=”0″ uppercase=”yes”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”Short Summer Course: NGOs and Social Movements: The Politics of Protest and Change” tab_id=”1528196955169-4da027d2-43e6″][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_column_text]This course provides a critical introduction to NGOs, the nature and impact of social protest, how they have interacted and influenced each other, and how they have globalised.[/vc_column_text][kleo_button title=”Course profile” href=”https://www.soas.ac.uk/summerschool/subjects/development-studies-and-environment/ngos-and-social-movements/” target=”_blank” style=”see-through” size=”lg” special=”no” icon=”0″ uppercase=”yes”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_tta_section][/vc_tta_accordion][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row disable_element=”yes” type=”color” bg_color=”#eaeaea” padding_top=”80″ padding_bottom=”80″ border=”bottom” el_class=”col dark”][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text animation=”animate-when-almost-visible” css_animation=”left-to-right”]

Graduate Destinations

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Students leave SOAS with the ability to think critically and with well-honed skills in analysis – and this, coupled with the strong sense of social justice our students are well known for – is why SOASians go on to pursue careers that make a real difference.
Here is the latest information from the known destinations of the 2015 Anthropology and Sociology graduates of single and joint honours within the department.

Examples are given from the past two years destinations.

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  • The New York Times
  • Action on Hearing Loss
  • Deloitte
  • Esdevium Games
  • IFAD (International Fund for Agricultural Development)
  • MTA International

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  • Action Against Hunger
  • Amnesty International
  • Etihad Airways

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