SOAS University of London

Department of Development Studies

Student Profiles

Some of the things our students and alumni have said about us:

Ahmad Al-Raashid

MSc Violence, Conflitct and Development 2016 - 2017

AHMAD AL-RAASHID - 2016/17

The programme was highly recommended to me by some friends who studied it and went on to excel in their careers afterwards.

Joe Buckley

MSc Labour, Social Movements and Development

Joe Buckley

Deciding to come here will be one of the greatest decisions you ever make. You will find a warm, welcoming second home in the centre of London.


Ivan Dunduro

MSc Research for International Development 2013 - 2014

Ivan Dunduro

The course outline fit exactly what areas I wanted to develop professionally as a Monitoring and Evaluation professional.


Roku Foku, Vassar College

Study Abroad Programme

Roku Foku

The lecturers are passionate about teaching and the students have a passion to learn.

Jason Hill, Tufts University

Study Abroad Programme

Jason Hill

SOAS has exceeded my expectations; in fact, I could not be happier with my lecturers and their courses


Heidemarie Jahn

BA Development Studies and Social Anthropology

Heidemarie Jahn

Studying at SOAS has been an amazing experience for me that could hardly have been matched by any other university!

Matthew Juden

MSc Research for International Development 2013 - 2014

Matt Juden - MSc Research for International Development 2013 - 2014 Photo

This programme was a perfect way for me to take my background in philosophy and apply it to a set of real-world problems, as well as urgent questions of how best to investigate those problems.


Nina Kaysser

MPhil Development Studies

Nina Kaysser

The past two years at SOAS have been most challenging and stimulating at the same time.

Ingrida Kerusauskaite

BA Development Studies and Politics

Ingrida Kerusauskaite

SOAS is a unique University that combines both academic excellence and a vibrant, active and innovative student body.


Roohi Khanna

MSc Research for International Development 2013 - 2014

Roohi Khanna - MSc Research for International Development 2013 - 2014 Photo

I was keen to enrol onto a masters programme that offered practical skills and knowledge that could be applied in a non-academic professional context

Katalin Kovacs

BA African Studies and Development Studies

Katalin Kovacs

To be here is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. I can develop my academic skills and grow personally. My studies have been exciting and rewarding.


Robtel Neajai Pailey

PhD Development Studies

Robtel Neajai Pailey

Above all, being at SOAS is like coming ‘home’. It’s a place where I feel entirely comfortable in my own skin, while also being challenged to question who I am, and what I stand for.

Nuren Sherali Parpia

BA Development Studies and Africa

Nuren Sherali-Parpia

SOAS provides students with plenty of flexibility to explore their talents and discover new ones


Mikaela Parrack

BA South Asian Studies and Development Studies

Mikaela Parrack

My choice to study at SOAS was the best decision I ever made; being a student here is an exciting and unique experience.

Mia Eskelund Pedersen

BA Arabic and Development Studies

Mia Eskelund Pedersen

The atmosphere at SOAS is incredibly stimulating, and learning in an environment with such a diverse group of engaged students has really made for a very unique learning experience.


Edwin Price

MSc Development Studies 2017-18

Edwin Price - MSc Development Studies - DEV student profile

Prior to undertaking the MSc in Development Studies at SOAS, I worked at a private sector organisation as a consultant and researcher.

Maryam Ramadan

BA Social Anthropology and Development Studies

Maryam Ramadan

Truly, deeply and sincerely, I love my time at SOAS and I cannot but seriously recommend that you choose to come here. I guarantee you that you will feel like part of the ‘family’ straightaway!


Lucy Rawlings

MSc Globalisation and Development

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SOAS has offered me a truly international education that I do not feel I could’ve received anywhere else.

Anna Sowa

MSc Migration Mobility and Development 2010-2011

Anna Sowa

I was grateful to be able to continue learning Arabic during my MSc at SOAS and was encouraged by academics to go for relevant opportunities


Caitlin Sturridge

MSc Migration, Mobility and Development, 2009-2010

DEV - LSS - MSc Migration Mobility Development - PG - Caitlin Rachel Sturridge

The Department of Development Studies benefits from world-leading migration specialists engaged in an array of innovative research projects.

Jo Tomkinson

MPhil/PhD International Development

Jo Tomkinson

SOAS is an utterly special institution, unrivalled both in the UK and internationally. It is a space where ideas at the margins of the academic mainstream develop, flourish and spread.


Josephine Tsui

MSc Globalisation and Development

Josephine Tsui

The flexibility of the department to customize my classes was extremely appreciated so I could focus on the gendered component of globalisation.

Fayrouz Yousfi

MSc Globalisation and Development 2016 - 2017

FAYROUZ YOUSFI - 2016/17

I joined the Department of Development Studies at SOAS because of the quality of the course it provides and its critical approach to the industry of international development.


Katherine Wycisk, Wake Forest University

Study Abroad Programme

Katherine Wycisk

Londoners are the friendliest people you’ll ever meet, and one conversation will shatter forever the image of the British as cold and aloof.