Development Studies Undergraduate Degrees

Development Studies programmes at SOAS are designed for students who are passionate about addressing the major issues and challenges facing today’s global community.

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

Explore our undergraduate options below:

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This exciting programme examines key topics in international development, while analysing the roles and impact of a wide variety of regional and international actors.

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The nature of the Combined Honours degree enables you to develop a specialist niche for yourself by studying a second subject.

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Prepares students for entry onto an undergraduate programme at SOAS. During the Foundation Year, students take modules on academic practice, working with numbers, digital skills and technology, topical global issues and cultural fluency.

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Graduate Destinations

Development Studies students leave SOAS with a deep understanding of the world and how society is organised, and with an exciting range of career opportunities in front of them. Graduates are equipped with a portfolio of transferable skills which employers seek, including analytical, communication, research, planning and organisation skills along with the ability to work in teams.

This, coupled with the strong sense of social justice that our students are well known for – is why our 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 47%
Studying 35%
Work and Study 6%
Other 12%

SOAS alumni and students around the world

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