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Start of programme: September
Mode of Attendance: Full-time
Have you got a passion for addressing the major issues and challenges facing today’s global community? The BA Development Studies Combined Honours Degree is a 3-year full time degree (or 4 years when combined with a Language) draws upon the significant expertise of our academic staff. This exciting programme examines key topics in international development, while analysing the roles and impact of a wide variety of regional and international actors. By the time you graduate, you 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. Additionally, the nature of the Combined Honours degree enables you to develop a specialist niche for yourself by studying a second subject.
What subjects can you combine it with?
Other disciplines - Economics, Geography, History, International Relations, Law, Linguistics, Middle Eastern Studies, Music, Politics, Social Anthropology, South Asian Studies, South East Asian Studies, Study of Religions
Languages – African Studies, Arabic, Burmese, Chinese, Indonesian, Japanese, Japanese Studies, Korean, Persian, Swahili, Thai, Tibetan, Turkish, Vietnamese
Why study Development Studies Combined Honours at SOAS?
- we are specialists within the humanities including in key topics such as international development, gender development, violence and conflict, environmental sustainability, the role of aid and trade in promoting development, as well as refugees and forced migration
- our staff have unrivalled practical knowledge across the discipline and regularly inform organisations such as the UN, NGOs and international governments
- as well as the curriculum knowledge you will also obtain a rich historical and cultural knowledge about the countries and regions in which you may work in
- you will be able to flexibly structure your programme using our Open Options modules to take advantage of the expertise of our other departments, including the opportunity to learn a language
- allows you to develop a specialist niche alongside your history degree by utilising the global expertise of one of our other departments
Apply now via UCAS or visit our upcoming Open Day.
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Key Information Set Data
Please see the Unistats data for the various combinations of this programme under the Combinations tab.
May be combined with:
- African Studies, (TL59 BA/DVSAF)
- Arabic+, (LT96 BA/DVSA)
- Burmese++, (LT9H BA/DVSBU)
- Chinese+ , (LT91 BA/DVSCH)
- Economics, (LL91 BA/ECDVS)
- History, (LV91 BA/HDVS)
- Indonesian++, (LT93 BA/IDVS)
- International Relations, (LL28 BA/IRDS)
- Japanese (TT22)
- Japanese Studies (TT23)
- Korean+, (TL49 BA/KODVS)
- Law, (LM91 BA/LWDVS)
- Linguistics, (LQ93 BA/DVSLG)
- Middle Eastern Studies, (TL6X BA/MESDVS)
- Music, (LW93 BA/MSDVS)
- Persian, (LTY6 BA/PDVS)
- Politics, (LL92 BA/POLDVS)
- Social Anthropology, (LL96 BA/SADVS)
- South Asian Studies++, (3 Years) (TLH9 BA/SASDVS)
- South Asian Studies+, (4 Years) (TL38 BA/SASDSYA)
- South East Asian Studies, (TLJ9 BA/DVSSEA)
- Study of Religions, (LV96 BA/DevStSR)
- Swahili+, (LTY5 BA/SWDVS)
- Thai++, (LTXJ BA/THDVS)
- Tibetan+, (LTXH BA/DVSTI)
- Turkish+, (LTX6 BA/TUDVS)
- Vietnamese++, (LT9J BA/VDVS)
+ 4-year degree with (compulsory) one year abroad
++ 3 or 4-year degree with option of one year abroad
Key Information Set data
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Students take 120 credits per year composed of core and optional modules, which allows for students to design their own intellectual journey while maintaining a strong grasp of the fundamentals.
- Introductions to key issues in international development, such as gender and development; violence and conflict; environment and development; the role of aid and trade in promoting development; refugees and forced migration
- Exploring the history of development, and the interaction of changing theories of development with practice and policy
- The possibility of undertaking an independent study project, researching a development studies related topic of your own choosing
- The opportunity to specialise through a range of options
Students take two core modules (60 credits) in Development Studies.
The remaining 60 credits are completed through the other degree subject and/or Open Options (these are chosen from a list of SOAS modules in a subject or language other than those named in the student's degree title). Students on a joint Language degree, having taken three core modules (90 credits) in Year One, will be expected to take one Development Studies module in Year One and the second core module in Year Two or Year Three (depending on when they take their year abroad).
Students take one core module (30 credits) in Development Studies. They then take 30 credits of Development Studies, Economics and Politics options; any Level 5 Language; or 30 credits of Open Options. The remaining 60 credits are completed through the student's other degree subject. Students on a joint Language degree, having taken three core modules (90 credits) in Year One, must do the Development Studies Year One and Year Two core modules in Year Two.
Year Two Development Studies Options
Year Two Economics Options
N.B. 153400003 Introduction to Economic Analysis is a prerequisite for all of the options below.
Year Two Politics Options
Year Three Development Studies Options
Students take 60 credits of Development Studies, Economics and Politics options; of which 30 credits may be Open Options. The remaining 60 credits are completed through the student's other degree subject. Students on a joint Language degree returning from a Year Abroad, must take the remaining Development Studies options in the final year.
Year Three Economics Options
Year Three Politics Options
Year Three Geography Courses (KCL)
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Teaching & Learning
Our teaching and learning approach is designed to support and encourage students in their own process of self-learning, and to develop their own ideas, responses and critique of international development practice and policy. We do this through a mixture of lectures, and more student-centred learning approaches (including tutorials and seminars). Teaching combines innovative use of audio-visual materials, practical exercises, group discussions, and guided reading as well as conventional lecturing. Assessment of most modules is through a combination of coursework and written examination.
The introductory and core modules provide the solid disciplinary grounding, whilst options allow students to develop deeper expertise in areas of their own interest. In their final year, students have the opportunity to complete either an Independent Study Project, an extended 10,000 word essay, supervised by one of the Department staff; or an assessed Professional Placement.
All full-time undergraduate programmes consist of 120 credits per year, in modules of 30 or 15 credits. They are taught over 10 or 20 weeks. The programme structure shows which modules are compulsory and which optional.
As a rough guide, 1 credit equals approximately 10 hours of work. Most of this will be independent study (see Approaches to teaching and learning at SOAS). It will also include class time, which may include lectures, seminars and other classes. Some subjects, such as learning a language, have more class time than others. In the Department of Development Studies, most undergraduate modules have a 2-hour lecture and a 1-hour tutorial every week. A few modules, which are jointly taught with PG students, have a 1-hour lecture and a 1-hour tutorial every week.
More information is on the page for each module.
If Development Studies is combined with a Language in a four-year degree programme, students spend a study year abroad in their third year.
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Full details of undergraduate tuition fees can be found on the Registry's Undergraduate Tuition Fees page.
Fees for 2018/19 entrants. The fees below are per academic year. Please note that fees go up each year.
|BA, BSc, LLB
|BA/BSc Language Year Abroad
Application Deadline: 2018-04-30 00:00
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The degree structure allows students to develop their understanding of the world, other peoples’ ways of life and how society is organised, with specific focus on violence and conflict, the role of aid, refugees and forced migration.
Skills gained include:
- specialist knowledge of human rights, international development and politics
- choosing to study a combined degree programme will increase the breadth of your knowledge, and will develop additional skills
- the ability to think laterally and employ critical reasoning
- analytical skills
- problem-solving skills
- the ability to formulate sound arguments
- ability to interpret and explain complex information clearly
- communication and presentation skills
Graduates go on to work in development planning and in government and non-governmental organisations (NGOs). Other career paths include journalism, the civil service, banking and the social and educational services. Others are interested in specialising further through postgraduate studies, not only in Development Studies, but also in Economics, Politics, Social Anthropology, Law, Geography, History and Languages.
Find out more about Development Studies Graduate Destinations.
Graduates have gone on to work for a range of organisations including:
- BBC World Service
- British Red Cross
- British Counci
- Department for International Development (DfID)
- Palestine Red Crescent Association
- Save the Children
- UNICEF Ethiopia
Types of roles that graduates have gone on to do include:
- Coordinator of Education
- Development Policy Officer
- Freelance Broadcast Journalist
- Human Rights Officer
- Manager of Fundraising, Communications and Administration
- Project Support Officer
- Marketing Analyst
- Resourcing Executive
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