SOAS University of London

Department of Development Studies

Graduate Destinations

How does a degree in Development help with my career?

The department of 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 leave SOAS with a portfolio of transferable skills which employers seek, including analytical skills, the ability to think laterally and employ critical reasoning, and knowing how to present materials and ideas effectively both orally and in writing.  The group work elements of the programme also build teamwork and influencing skills.

Who do graduates work for?

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.  The Development Studies degree programmes have also enabled graduates to continue in the field of research either at SOAS or other institutions

Destination of 2017 graduates (Undergraduates)

All undergraduate students are contacted 6 months after graduation to find out what they were doing - working, studying or something else, such as travelling.

Development Studies Undergraduate. 2017 graduates six months after completing their studies. In work 50%. Work and study 5%. Studying 32%. Other 14%.

Example employer:
  • Akademiker Sorburndet SSR
  • BBC World Service
  • CAFOD
  • Cara (the Council for At-Risk Academics
  • Embassy of Sweden in New Delhi
  • GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit)
  • Room to Heal
  • The CIFA Trust
  • The Fostering Network
  • United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
Example occupations:
  • Civil Servant
  • Education Worker
  • Events & Communications Co-ordinator
  • Freelance Broadcast Journalist
  • Market Research Assistant
  • Middle East Programme Assistant
  • Parliamentary Assistant
  • Project Support Officer
  • Researcher
  • Women's Mission Director

 

Destination of 2017 graduates (Postgraduates)

All postgraduate students are contacted 6 months after graduation to find out what they were doing - working, studying or something else, such as travelling.

Development Studies Postdraguate. 2017 graduates six months after completing their studies. In work 74%. Work and study 4%. Studying 4%. Other 17%.
Example employers:
  • Adam Smith Associates
  • Amnesty International
  • Department for International Development (DFID)
  • Food Economy Group
  • ICRC (International Committee of the Red Cross
  • International Organization for Migration (IOM)
  • Minority Rights Group
  • Oxford Policy Management
  • RAND Europe
  • UNRWA (United Nations Relief and Works Agency)
Example occupations:
  • Academic Researcher
  • Consultant Anthropologist
  • Foreign Services Officer
  • Government and Public Affairs Adviser
  • Humanitarian Worker
  • International Development ProjectCo-Ordinator
  • Planning and Monitoring Intern
  • Policy Adviser
  • Programme Support Officer
  • Volunteer Manager

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