Postgraduate Development Studies Degrees

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.

Explore our postgraduate options below:

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Introduction to Development Studies

Provides a solid interdisciplinary social science formation in development theory and practice and develops students’ capacities for independent and critical analysis.

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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.

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Students taking the Contemporary India Pathway will develop a specialist understanding of Development Studies in the context of Contemporary India.

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Students taking the Palestine Pathway will develop a specialist understanding of Development Studies in the context of Palestine.

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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.

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Critically examines the contemporary process of globalisation and how it influences the developing world, both before and after the ongoing global crisis.

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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.

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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.

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This course takes a multidisciplinary approach to provide participants with a broad understanding of current migration flows, providing both historical perspective and contemporary context.

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For those hoping to work in international agencies, humanitarian organisations, and NGOs and students intending to go on to carry out PhD research.

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This programme gives students advanced interdisciplinary training in research methods and topics in Research for International Development.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Students may follow the PhD pathway in International Development.

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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.

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Designed to meet the needs so that organisations can be more effective in their efforts towards change.

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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.

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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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