Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings
Start of programme: September intake only
Mode of Attendance: Full-time or Part-time
Who is this programme for?:
This programme is designed for those who want to understand global processes and development, and for those who want to work on, or analyse, development related tasks and issues. It is also highly relevant to anyone working, or intending to work, in development advocacy, policy making, and global development policy analysis, in the NGO sector, government agencies, and international development organisations.
We welcome students with a strong background in the social sciences in their first degree, but we also welcome students who have worked in the area of development, or in a related field.
This exciting programme offers a critical examination of the contemporary process of globalisation and how it influences the developing world, both before and after the ongoing global crisis. The MSc Globalisation and Development blends, in equal measure, critical analysis of mainstream thinking, alternative theories and practices, and case studies of political, social and cultural aspects of globalisation and development.
This degree draws its strength from the unrivalled expertise at SOAS in development problems and processes. The programme is of interest for development practitioners, activists, and students with a scholarly interest in how globalisation influences the developing world, and how the poor majority responds to these challenges.
- Critical and historical approaches to globalisation and their relationship to neoliberalism, imperialism and US global hegemony.
- Contemporary globalising processes – capital flows, state-market relations, transnational corporations, global commodity chains, inequality and poverty on a global scale.
- Transformation of work in the age of globalisation – new types of work, informalisation and precarisation, labour migration, agrarian change and gender relations.
- Globalisation and imperialism – post-Cold War imperial and civil wars, global and regional challengers to US hegemony: China and Russia.
- Globalisation, democracy and culture – human rights, democratisation, cosmopolitanism, standardisation, homogenisation.
- Alternatives to neoliberal globalisation – global labour movement, transnational social movements and NGOs, environmental issues.
Students can draw on SOAS's unique expertise to specialise further in particular regions or topics. Please see 'Structure' for details on core and optional modules.
Students must take 180 credits comprised of 120 taught credits (including core and option modules) and a 60 credit dissertation.
Students also take option modules, allowing them to specialise in particular areas of development and possibly using them to develop a dissertation in a related theme. By tying optional modules to their individual dissertation topic, students tailor their degree to suit their own interests and career development goals.
Please note that not all option modules may run every year. Modules at other institutions (intercollegiate) are not part of the approved programme structure.
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.
All students must take
Students take one of the following two core modules
All students take modules to the value of 30 credits from the list of Development Studies guided option modules below
Students will the final 30 credits take from EITHER
Modules to the value of 30 credits from the list of Development Studies guided option modules below
Modules to the value of 30 credits from the open option module list from another department
OR a combination of
A 15 credit module from the list of Development Studies guided option modules below
A 15 credit module from the open option module list from another department
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.
List of Development Studies modules (subject to availability)
This is the structure for applicants
If you are a current student you can find structure information on Moodle or through your Department.
Teaching and Learning
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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 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.
All Masters programmes consist of 180 credits, made up of taught modules of 30 or 15 credits, taught over 10 or 20 weeks, and a dissertation of 60 credits. 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, including reading and research, preparing coursework, revising for examinations and so on. 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. At SOAS, most postgraduate modules have a one hour lecture and a one hour seminar every week, but this does vary.
More information is on the page for each module.
Pre Entry Reading
Recommended Preparatory Readings for Course
- Benería, L., G. Berik, and M. Floro (2016), Gender, Development and Globalization: Economics as If All People Mattered
- Haslam, P. A., J. Schafer, and P. Beaudet, eds. (2017), Introduction to International Development: Approaches, Actors, Issues, and Practice
- Scholte, J. A. (2005), Globalization: A Critical Introduction
- Sparke, M. (2013), Introducing Globalization: Ties, Tensions, and Uneven Integration
- Veltmeyer, H. and P. Bowles, eds. (2017), The Essential Guide to Critical Development Studies
Fees and funding
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 2018/19 entrants. The fees below are per academic year. Please note that fees go up each year.
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For further details and information on external scholarships visit the Scholarships section
A postgraduate degree in Globalisation and Development from SOAS provides graduates with a portfolio of widely transferable skills sought by employers, 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. Equally graduates are able to continue in the field of research, continuing their studies either at SOAS or other institutions. An MSc in Globalisation and Development 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 have gone on to work for a range of organisations including:
|African Centre for Biosafety
Arab Image Foundation
Commonwealth Partnership for Technology Management
Gareth Thomas MP, Shadow Minister for Civil Society
Health Poverty Action
Hitachi Europe Ltd
Ministry of National Education
Ministry of Finance of Japan
Operation Smile Mission in Kenya
The Risk Advisory Group
United Nations Association Of Norway
World Food Programme
The CREES Foundation
World Food Programme
Types of roles that graduates have gone on to do include:
|Policy Network Manager
Communications and External Affairs Challenger
Investment & Research Analyst
International Development Researcher
Deputy Country Director
Corporate Social Responsibility Specialist
Strategic Initiatives and Communications Associate
|HR Development and Education Assistant
Project Leader, Arts & Humanities
Head of Programme Funding
Gender and Rural Growth Consultant
Monitoring and Evaluation Programme Officer
For more information about Graduate Destinations from this department, please visit the Careers Service website.
A Student's Perspective
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