SOAS University of London

Department of Development Studies

MSc Humanitarianism, Aid & Conflict (2020 entry)

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Overview

The MSc Humanitarianism, Aid & Conflict builds on the strength of existing expertise in violence and conflict and provides analytical training on the challenges of contemporary humanitarian aid provision. The programme presents students with a history of the architecture of aid in humanitarian contexts and engages with a set of debates relating to the political and logistical challenges to humanitarian aid, and the critiques that have been made of it.

The programme is designed to provide students with a thorough understanding of humanitarian aid and its interaction with violent conflict.

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings

Start of programme: September intake only

Mode of Attendance: Full-time or Part-time

Entry requirements

  • Minimum upper second class honours degree (or equivalent). Relevant work experience may also be considered.

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duration:
One calendar year (full-time); two calendar years part-time. 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 2019/20

UK/EU fees:
£12,120
Overseas fees:
£20,715

Fees for 2019/20 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

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Structure

Students must take 180 credits per year comprised of 120 taught credits (including core, compulsory and optional modules) and a 60 credit dissertation.

Core modules: A core module is required for the degree programme, so must always be taken and passed before you move on to the next year of your programme.

Compulsory modules: A compulsory module is required for the degree programme, so must always be taken, and if necessary can be passed by re-taking it alongside the next year of your programme.

Optional modules: These are designed to help students design their own intellectual journey while maintaining a strong grasp of the fundamentals.

Dissertation
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Dissertation in Development Studies 15PDSC999 60 Full Year
Taught Component
Core Modules
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Humanitarianism: Challenges & Critiques 15PDSC010 30

Students also take ONE of the following:

Module Code Credits Term Availability
Political economy of violence, conflict and development 15PDSC003 30 Full Year
Migration and Development 15PDSC006 30 Full Year
Guided Options

Choose module(s) from the List of Development Studies Options below to the value of 30 credits

AND

Choose module(s) to the total value of 30 credits from:

  • module(s) from the List of Development Studies Options below to the value of 30 credits
  • module(s) from the List of Open Options to the value of 30 credits
  • module from the List of Development Studies Options below to the value of 15 credits
  • module from the List of Open Options to the value of 15 credits
List of modules (subject to availability)
Development Studies
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Agrarian Development, Food Policy and Rural Poverty 15PDSH026 15 Term 2
Aid and Development 15PDSH027 15 Term 2
Battlefields of Method: Approaches to International Development Research 15PDSC008 30 Full Year
Borders and Development 15PDSH023 15 Term 1
Cities and Development 15PDSH072 15 Term 1
Civil society, social movements and the development process 15PDSH001 15 Term 1
Development Practice 15PDSH013 15 Term 1
Environment, Governance and Development 15PDSH050 15 Term 2
Energy Transition, Nature, and Development in a Time of Climate Change 15PDSH048 15 Term 2
Famine and food security 15PDSH022 15 Term 2 Not Running 2019/2020
Fundamentals of research methods for Development Studies 15PDSH017 15 Term 1
Gender and Development 15PDSH010 15 Term 1
Global Commodity Chains, Production Networks and Informal Work 15PDSH024 15 Term 2 Not Running 2019/2020
Global Health and Development 15PDSH051 15 Term 1 Not Running 2019/2020
Issues in Forced Migration 15PDSH015 15 Term 2
Marxist Political Economy and Global Development 15PDSH053 15 Term 2
Migration and Policy 15PDSH029 15 Term 1
Natural resources, development and change: putting critical analysis into practice 15PDSH031 15 Term 2
Neoliberalism, Democracy and Global Development 15PDSH054 15 Term 2
Problems of Development in the Middle East and North Africa 15PDSH019 15 Term 2
Security 15PDSH020 15 Term 1 Not Running 2019/2020
The Working Poor and Development 15PDSH030 15 Term 2
Migrant Labour in the Global Economy 15PDSH032 15 Term 2
Water and Development:Conflict and Governance 15PDSH049 15 Term 2
Water Resources: Justice and Governance 15PDSH041 15 Term 1

 

Programme Specification

Important notice

The information on the programme page reflects the intended programme structure against the given academic session. If you are a current student you can find structure information on the previous year link at the top of the page or through your Department. Please read the important notice regarding changes to programmes and modules.

Teaching and Learning

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.

Contact Hours

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.

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 2019/20 entrants. The fees below are per academic year. Fees go up each year, therefore, your tuition fee in your second & subsequent years of study will be higher. Our continuing students, on the same degree programme, are protected from annual increases higher than 5%.

Full-time Part-time 2 Years Part-time 3 Years
UK/EU
Students
Overseas
Students
UK/EU
Students
Overseas
Students
UK/EU
Students
Overseas
Students
£12,120 £20,715 £6,060 £10,358 £4,040 £6,905

Scholarships

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

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