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 2015 graduates (Undergraduates)

All undergraduate students are contacted 6 months after graduation (so for undergraduate students this is in January) to find out what they were doing - working, studying or something else, such as travelling. We find out this data in the summer, so here is the latest information from the 48 known destinations of the 2015 UK, EU and International graduates of single and joint honours studies within the department.

Example employers
Akademiker Sorburndet SSR GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit)
BBC World Service Room to Heal
Cara (the Council for At-Risk Academics The Fostering Network
Embassy of Sweden in New Delhi United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees


Example occupations
Civil Servant Middle East Programme Assistant
Education Worker Parliamentary Assistant
Events & Communications Co-ordinator Project Support Officer
Freelance Broadcast Journalist Researcher
Market Research Assistant Women's Mission Director


Destination of 2014 graduates (Postgraduates)

All postgraduate students are contacted 6 months after graduation (so for postgraduate students this is in April) to find out what they were doing - working, studying or something else, such as travelling. This data is added to the Undergraduate survey the following January and we receive the data in the summer (i.e. approximately 18 months after graduation). Here is the latest information from the 212 known destinations of the 2014 UK, EU and International Postgraduate and research degrees within the department.

Example employers
Adam Smith Associates International Organization for Migration (IOM)
Amnesty International Minority Rights Group
Department for International Development (DFID) Oxford Policy Management
Food Economy Group RAND Europe
ICRC (International Committee of the Red Cross UNRWA (United Nations Relief and Works Agency)


Example occupations
Academic Researcher International Development ProjectCo-Ordinator
Consultant Anthropologist Planning and Monitoring Intern
Foreign Services Officer Policy Adviser
Government and Public Affairs Adviser Programme Support Officer
Humanitarian Worker Volunteer Manager


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