Study Development Studies

Welcome to the Department of Development Studies. In 2016-17 we celebrated 25 years of teaching Development Studies at SOAS, making us one of the oldest and best established programmes in the country. Our Development Studies programme was ranked fifth in the UK and seventh in the world according to the 2017 QS Rankings.

We provide the highest standard of teaching and learning for students with a passion for addressing the major issues and challenges facing today’s global community.

By the time you graduate, you will have cultivated a deep knowledge of the causes of – and responses to – poverty, marginalisation and vulnerability in developing countries and of process of dramatic social, economic and political change.

Our students are able to demonstrate to potential employers not just their knowledge of international development and their analytical skills, but also a rich historical and cultural knowledge about the countries and regions in which they may work. As a result, our distinguished alumni can be found working in NGOs, charities and governments across the world.

Undergraduate Development Studies Degrees

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Graduate Destinations

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.

Examples are given from the past two years destinations.

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

Class of 2016: Six months after completing their studies

In work 50%
In study 38%
Other 12%

SOAS alumni around the world

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