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 provides innovative and challenging teaching that engages students in the field and opens our graduates up to a wide range of career possibilities. 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.

Former Development Studies students have gone on to employment in a range of international organisations, NGO’s and government organisations, as well as professional roles in both business and public sectors. 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 2017: Six months after completing their studies

In Work 50%
Studying 32%
Work and Study 5%
Other 14%

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