SOAS University of London

Department of Development Studies

MSc Violence, Conflict & Development (Palestine Pathway)

duration:
One calendar year (full-time). Two years(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.

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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 Violence, Conflict and Development 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 and/or conflict, 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 and conflict 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 Violence, Conflict and Development programme. Students wishing to follow the Palestine Studies Pathway will take two core modules ‘Political Economy of Violence, Conflict and Development’, and EITHER ‘Political Economy of Development’ OR ‘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 above combination of core modules has been successfully completed, students may request that the following specialism appears on their final degree transcript: 'MSc Violence, Conflict and Development 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 THREE core modules:

Module Code Credits Term Availability
Political economy of violence, conflict and development 15PDSC003 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
Optional Core Modules

Students then choose ONE of the following modules:

Module Code Credits Term Availability
Political economy of development 15PDSC002 30 Full Year
Theory, policy and practice of development 15PDSC001 30 Full Year
Anthropology of Development 15PANC090 30 Full Year
Option Modules in other Departments

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

China and Inner Asia
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Understanding Contemporary China 15PCIC002 30 Full Year
Cultural Literary and Postcolonial Studies
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Postcolonial Theory and Practice 15PCSC003 30 Full Year
Development Studies
Module Code Units Term Availability
Borders and Development 15PDSH023 15 Term 2
Global Commodity Chains, Production Networks and Informal Work 15PDSH024 15 Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
Marxist Political Economy and Global Development 15PDSH053 15 Term 2
Natural resources, development and change: putting critical analysis into practice 15PDSH031 15 Term 2
Neoliberalism, Democracy and Global Development 15PDSH054 15 Term 1
Security 15PDSH020 15 Term 1
The working poor and development 15PDSH030 15 Term 2
Understanding Economic Migration: Theories, Patterns and Policies 15PDSH032 15 Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
Water and Development:Conflict and Governance 15PDSH049 15 Term 2
Gender Studies
Module Code Units Term Availability
Gender, Armed Conflict and International Law 15PGNH005 15 Term 1
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 2
History
Module Code Units Term Availability
Colonial Conquest and Social Change in Southern Africa 15PHIH002 15 Term 1
Environmental History of Asia 15PHIH023 15 Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
Historical Perspectives on Gender in Africa 15PHIH029 15 Term 1
Histories of Ethnicity and Conflict in South East Asia 1 - Making States and Building Nations 15PHIH011 15 Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
Histories of Ethnicity and Conflict in South East Asia 2 - Non-National Perspectives 15PHIH012 15 Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
Knowledge and Power in Early Modern China 15PHIH024 15 Term 1
Outsiders in Medieval Middle Eastern Societies: Minorities, Social Outcasts and Foreigners 15PHIH006 15 Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
Slavery in West Africa in the 19th and 20th Centuries 15PHIH028 15 Term 2
Social and Cultural Transformations in Southern Africa Since 1945 15PHIH003 15 Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
The Body and the Making of Colonial Difference in British India 15PHIH033 15 Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
The End of Empire in the Middle East & the Balkans 15PHIC004 1.0
Warfare and the Military in Modern Africa 15PHIH046 15 Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
Warfare and the Military in Precolonial Africa 15PHIH047 15 Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
History of Art and Archaeology
Module Code Units Term Availability
Art and Archaeology of the Silk Road 15PARC032 30 Full Year
Arts and Society in sub-Saharan Africa 15PARH052 15 Term 1 Not Running 2016/2017
Representing Conflict: A Cross-Cultural and Inter Disciplinary Approach 15PARH039 15 Term 2
International Studies and Diplomacy
Module Code Units Term Availability
International Economics 15PFFC004 30 Full Year
International Relations 1: Foundations of World Politics 15PFFH002 15 Term 1
International Relations 2: Contemporary World Politics 15PFFH003 15 Term 2
Multinational Enterprises in a Globalising World - Economic and Legal Perspectives 15PFFC019 30 Full Year
Law
Module Code Units Term Availability
Climate Change and Energy Law and Policy 15PLAC154 30 Full Year
EU Law in Global Context 15PLAH051 15 Term 1
Human Rights and Islamic Law 15PLAC150 30 Full Year
International Refugee and Migration Law 15PLAH057 15 Term 1
Law and Development in Africa 15PLAC160 30 Full Year
Law and Natural Resources 15PLAC126 30 Full Year
Law and Postcolonial Theory 15PLAH050 15 Term 1
Law and Society in Southeast Asia 15PLAH049 15 Term 1
Law, Environmental and Sustainable Development in a Global Context 15PLAC118 30 Full Year
Law, Human Rights and Peace Building: The Israeli-Palestinian Case 15PLAC133 30 Full Year
Modern Chinese Law and Institutions 15PLAC139 30 Full Year
The Law of Armed Conflict 15PLAH022 15 Term 1
Water Law and Development: Conflicts, Governance and Justice 15PLAC177 30 Full Year
Water Law: Justice and Governance 15PLAH044 15 Term 1
Media Studies
Module Code Units Term Availability
Communication, Culture and Politics in the Middle East: Theoretical and Analytical Approaches 15PMSC005 30 Full Year
Global Media and Postnational Communication: Theoretical & Contemporary Issues 15PMSC003 30 Full Year
International Political Communication 15PMSH009 15 Term 2
Mediated Culture in the Middle East: Politics and Communications 15PMSH003 15 Term 1
Studies in Global Digital Cultures 15PMSH029 15 Term 1
Studies in Media, Information Communication Technologies and Development 15PMSH019 15 Term 1
The Transnational News Environment: Production, Representation and Use 15PMSH006 15 Term 1
Theoretical and Contemporary Issues in Media and Cultural Studies 15PMSC002 30 Full Year
Transnational Communities and Diasporic Media:Networking, Connectivity, Identity 15PMSH004 15 Term 2
Music
Module Code Units Term Availability
Analytical Approaches to the Global Creative and Cultural Industries 15PMUH023 15 Term 1
Ethnicity, Religion and Gender in Middle Eastern Musical cultures 15PMUH024 15 Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
Music in Development 15PMUC034 15 Term 2
Music, Nation and Conflict in Jerusalem 15PMUH022 15 Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
Music, Place and Politics in Cuba 15PMUH015 15 Term 1
Near and Middle East Studies
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Turkey:Continuity and Change 15PNMC377 30 Full Year
Politics and International Studies
Module Code Units Term Availability
Approaches to Comparative Political Thought 15PPOH028 15 Term 1
Asian Security 15PPOH027 15 Credits - Not Running 2017/18
China and international politics 15PPOC018 30 Full Year
Comparative International Political Thought 15PPOH021 15 Term 2
Comparative politics of the Middle East 15PPOC026 30 Full Year
Foreign Policy Analysis 15PPOH013 22.5 Term 1
Geopolitics and Security in Central Asia and the Caucasus 15PPOH023 15 Term 2
Government and politics in Africa 15PPOC205 30 Full Year
Government and politics of modern South Asia 15PPOC003 30 Full Year
Government and politics of modern South East Asia 15PPOC247 30 Full Year
International migration and diaspora politics 15PPOH012 15 Term 1
International Politics of Africa 15PPOC009 30 Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
International politics of East Asia 15PPOC251 30 Full Year
Introduction to Quantitative Methods in Social Research 15PPOH035 15 Term 2
Islamic/Democratic Political Thought 15PPOC255 30 Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
Northeast Asian politics: Japan, Korea and Taiwan 15PPOC253 30 Full Year
Political Thought on the Just Rebellion 15PPOH030 15 Term 2
Queer Politics in Asia, Africa and the Middle East 15PGNH007 15 Term 2
Security governance 15PPOH015 15 Term 1
State and Society in Central Asia and the Caucasus 15PPOH022 15 Term 1
State and society in the Chinese political process 15PPOC012 30 Full Year
Violence, justice and the politics of memory 15PPOH019 15 Term 1
Non-Assessed Course

All MSc students in Development Studies are eligible to attend the one-term, non-assessed course, 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 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
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Students
Overseas
Students
UK/EU
Students
Overseas
Students
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£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

MSc Violence, Conflict & Development postgraduate students leave SOAS with a portfolio of widely transferable skills which employers seek. These include analytical skills, presentation skills, the ability to think laterally and employ critical reasoning, and knowing how to present materials and ideas effectively both orally and in writing. A postgraduate degree is a valuable experience that provides students with a body of work and a diverse range of skills that they can use to market themselves with when they graduate. Graduates from MsC Violence, Conflict & Development have gone on to work in a range of different organisations, including Development and Human Rights Organisations, and many have continuted in the field of research.

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

ActionAid
Amnesty International
BBC World Service
British Overseas Network for Development NGOs
Department for International Development
Embassy of the Republic of Korea to Finland
European Bank for Reconstruction & Development
Fairtrade International
Foundation Rwanda
Immigration Advisory Service
Institute for Human Development
Institute for Public Policy Research
International Land Coalition (ILC)
Islamic Relief Worldwide
Landmine Action
Mekong Economics Ltd
NATO
Overseas Development Institute
Save the Children
The Climate Group
The Japan Foundation
The World Bank
UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations
UNICEF Libya Response Team
World Health Organization

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

Regional Project Development Intern For Africa
Emergencies Programme Manager
International Mobilisation Coordinator
Development Officer
Broadcasting Journalist
Humanitarian Policy Advisor
East and Central Africa Projects Manager
Horn of Africa Analyst
Global Policy Consultant
Operational Support Officer
Senior Project Manager
Development Economist
Journalist
Defense Policy and Strategy Analyst
Director Counter Extremism and Deradicalization
Political Researcher
International Programmes Officer
Ethical Trade Executive
Education Coordinator
Community Investment Coordinator
Women and Peace building Specialist
Programme Analyst

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

A Student's Perspective

I realised that one of the most pressing contemporary issues in need of qualified social scientists is climate change. I wanted a program that skilled me with the multidisciplinary understanding necessary to deal with the complexity of this challenge.

Stina Maria Lindholm

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