SOAS University of London

Department of Development Studies

MSc Development Studies (Palestine Pathway)

duration:
One calendar year (full-time) Two (part-time, daytime only) We recommend that part-time students have between two and a half and three days free in the week to pursue their course of study.

Fees 2017/18

UK/EU fees:
£10,995
Overseas fees:
£18,790

Fees for 2017/18 entrants. This is a Band 3 fee. The fees are per academic year. Please note that fees go up each year. Further details can be found in the Fees and Funding tab on this page or in the Registry Postgraduate Tuition Fees page

2017 Entry requirements

  • Minimum upper second class honours degree (or equivalent). Relevant work experience may also be considered.
  • Subjects Preferred: Social Science

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Overview

Start of programme: September intake only

Mode of Attendance: Full Time or Part Time

Who is this programme for?:

Applicants apply for the MSc Development Studies programme but can decide to follow the Palestine Pathway upon arrival by choosing the combination of modules required for this pathway (see Structure tab).

We welcome applications from those who have worked in a broad field of development, but also from students without relevant work experience who can demonstrate a strong interest in, and understanding of, development issues in Palestine.

Students taking the Palestine Pathway will develop a specialist understanding of Development Studies in the context of Palestine. Development issues in Palestine are a major focus of NGO and international organisations that work in the Middle East. SOAS' recognised strengths in this area, including the establishment of the Centre for Palestine Studies, makes this a unique and exciting opportunity for those interested in Palestine.

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Structure

Students must take 180 credits comprised of 120 taught credits (including core and option modules) and a 60 credit dissertation.

Applicants apply for, and will be formally enrolled on, the MSc Development Studies programme.  Students wishing to follow the Palestine Pathway will take two core modules ‘Political Economy of Development’ and ‘Theory, Policy and Practice of Development’, two modules specific to Palestine and a dissertation (which must be written on a Palestine-related topic). In addition, students have a choice of option modules.

If the following combination of modules has been successfully completed, students may request that the following specialism appears on their final degree transcript: 'MSc Development Studies with special reference to Palestine'

Please note that not all option modules may run every year.  Modules at other institutions (intercollegiate) are not part of the approved programme structure.

Part-time study

Students can take this programme part-time over 2 or 3 years. Students usually complete their core modules in Year 1 and their option modules and dissertation in subsequent years.

Core Modules

Students take the following FIVE core modules:

Module Code Credits Term Availability
Political economy of development 15PDSC002 30 Full Year
Theory, policy and practice of development 15PDSC001 30 Full Year
Critical Perspectives on Palestine Studies I: History and Politics 15PNMH006 15 Term 1
Critical Perspectives on Palestine Studies II: Culture and Society 15PNMH007 15 Term 2
Dissertation in Development Studies 15PDSC999 60 Full Year
Option Modules

Students choose modules to the value of 30 credits from the list below:

Anthropology and Sociology
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Anthropological approaches to agriculture, food and nutrition 15PANH053 15 Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
Culture and Society of Near and Middle East 15PANH067 15 Term 2
Ethnographic Research Methods 15PANH002 15 Term 1
Gender Studies
Module Code Units Term Availability
Gender in the Middle East (MSc RID) 15PGNH004 15 Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
Gender in the Middle East 15PGNH001 15 Term 1
Gender in the Middle East II 15PGNH006 15 Term 2 - Gender in the Middle East (15PGNH001) is a pre-requisite for this course.
Gendering Migration & Diasporas 15PGNH002 15 Term 1
History
Module Code Credits Term Availability
The End of Empire in the Middle East & the Balkans 15PHIC004 1.0
History of Art and Archaeology
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Islam and the West: Artistic and Cultural Contacts 15PARH034 15 Term 2
Law
Module Code Credits Term Availability
The Law of Armed Conflict 15PLAH022 15 Term 1
Media Studies
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Mediated Culture in the Middle East: Politics and Communications 15PMSH003 15 Term 1
Music
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Ethnicity, Religion and Gender in Middle Eastern Musical cultures 15PMUH024 15 Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
Near and Middle East Studies
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Arabic Critical Theory and Thought 15PNMC403 30 Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
Arabic Women's Writing: Theories and Practices 15PNMC411 30 Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
Critical Perspectives on Palestine Studies I: History and Politics 15PNMH006 15 Term 1
Critical Perspectives on Palestine Studies II: Culture and Society 15PNMH007 15 Term 2
Film and Society in the Middle East 15PNMC230 30 Full Year
Israel and the Palestinians 15PNMC038 30 Full Year
Modern Palestinian Literature (PG) 15PNMC379 30 Full Year
Modern Trends in Islam 15PNMC228 30 Full Year
Social and Political Dimensions of Modern Arabic Literature 15PNMC347 30 Full Year
Zionist Ideology 15PNMC035 30 Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
Politics and International Studies
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Islamic/Democratic Political Thought 15PPOC255 30 Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
Non-Assessed Courses

All MSc students in Development Studies are eligible to attend the one-term , non-assessed module, Economics for Beginners,which introduces students to basic concepts in microeconomics, macroeconomics, development economics, and statistics and econometrics.

 

This is the structure for 2017/18 applicants

If you are a current student you can find structure information on Moodle or through your Faculty.

Programme Specification

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Teaching and Learning

Materials

SOAS Library
SOAS Library is one of the world's most important academic libraries for the study of Africa, Asia and the Middle East, attracting scholars from all over the world. The Library houses over 1.2 million volumes, together with significant archival holdings, special collections and a growing network of electronic resources.

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 weekly guided reading and discussions, as well as conventional lecturing.

In addition to the taught part of the masters programme, all students will write a 10,000 word dissertation. Students develop their research topic under the guidance and supervision of an academic member of the Department. Students are encouraged to explore a particular body of theory or an academic debate relevant to their programme through a focus on a particular region.

Fees and funding

Tuition Fees

Full details of postgraduate tuition fees can be found on the Registry's Postgraduate Tuition Fees page.

This is a Band 3 tuition fee.

Fees for 2017/18 entrants. The fees below are per academic year. Please note that fees go up each year. 

Full-timePart-time 2 YearsPart-time 3 Years
UK/EU
Students
Overseas
Students
UK/EU
Students
Overseas
Students
UK/EU
Students
Overseas
Students
£10,995 £18,790 £5,498 £9,395 £3,665 £6,263
Scholarships
Felix Non- Indian Scholarship

Application Deadline: 2017-01-31 17:00

Felix Scholarships

Application Deadline: 2017-01-31 17:00

John Loiello AFSOAS FISH Scholarship

Application Deadline: 2017-02-22 17:00

For further details and information on external scholarships visit the Scholarships section

Employment

A postgraduate degree from the Department of Development Studies at SOAS will further develop your understanding of the world, other peoples’ ways of life and how society is organised, with an emphasis on transferable analytical skill. These skills have been of great benefit to the many graduates who have taken up professional careers in development in international organisations,
government agencies and non-government organisations. This, in addition to your detailed subject knowledge, will also equip you with a set of other specific skills, including: critical skills; the ability to research extensively; a high level of cultural awareness; and the ability to solve problems.

Graduates have gone on to work for a range of organisations including:

Amnesty International
BBC World Service
British Embassy Brussels
Department for International Development
Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU)
Embassy of Japan
Government of Pakistan
Hong Kong Economic & Trade Office
International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)
International Labour Organization (ILO)
KPMG LLP
National Health and Medical Research Council
Overseas Development Institute
Oxfam
Public Sector Reform Unit - Government of Sierra Leone
Republic of Mozambique National Parliament
Royal Norwegian Embassy
Save the Children UK
The World Bank
Thinking Beyond Borders
U.S. Department of State
UN World Food Programme
UN High Commissioner for Refugees
WaterAid

Types of roles that graduates have gone on to do include:

Chief Economist
Global Communications Director
Director for Climate Change and Environment
Head of Research and Consultancies
Development Director
Regional OVC programme coordinator
Head of Operations
Country Director
Bureau Chief
Desk Officer on Pakistan Affairs
Policy Analyst
Partnership Liaison Officer
Fundraising and Communications Manager
Development Policy Officer
Environmental Economist
Journalist
Human Rights Officer
Country Director - Indonesia
Relationship Banker - Africa Desk
Policy Analyst/Economist

For more information about Graduate Destinations from this department, please visit the Careers Service website.

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