Description

Who is this programme for?: The programme attracts applications from students with a variety of academic and experiential backgrounds. 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. A good first degree in a social science is preferred.

Development Studies is a dynamic field concerned with processes of change in the South – social and economic, political and cultural – and the major policy challenges they present to efforts to overcome poverty and insecurity. This programme provides a solid interdisciplinary social science formation in development theory and practice and develops students’ capacities for independent and critical analysis. 

Highlights include:

  • the meanings of development and the challenges it faces
  • neoliberalism and its critiques
  • industrialisation, labour and capital
  • state failure, poverty and insecurity
  • gender and class analysis
  • NGOs, civil society and social movements
  • globalisation, commodity chains and trade
  • the agrarian question, peasantry and land

The MSc programme’s emphasis on transferable analytical skills has been of great benefit to the many graduates who have returned to, or taken up, professional careers in development in international organisations, government agencies and non-government organisations. Students also benefit from the wide range of modules on offer, both within the Department and across the School, allowing them to create individualised interdisciplinary programmes.

 

Study Details:

MSc One calendar year (full-time) Two (part-time, daytime only)

Module Details:

Core Courses

All students take both Political Economy of Development and Theory, Policy and Practice of Development. The dissertation is compulsory.

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.

Module

  • Political economy of development
  • Theory, policy and practice of development
  • Dissertation in Development Studies

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.

Optional Modules – Development Studies

Students may choose optional modules (one full module or two half modules) from the list below. Please check to ensure that any module in which you have a special interest is running in the year that you wish to study. In addition, access to relevant modules in other departments may be negotiated subject to the agreement of both Convenors.

Module

  • Agrarian Development, Food Policy and Rural Poverty
  • Aid and Development
  • Borders and Development
  • Civil society, social movements and the development process
  • Development Practice
  • Environment, Governance and Development
  • Extractive Industries, Energy, Biofuels and Development in a Time of Climate Change
  • Famine and food security
  • Fundamentals of research methods for Development Studies
  • Gender and Development
  • Global Commodity Chains, Production Networks and Informal Work
  • Global Health and Development
  • Issues in Forced Migration
  • Marxist Political Economy and Global Development
  • Migration and Policy
  • Natural resources, development and change: putting critical analysis into practice
  • Neoliberalism, Democracy and Global Development
  • Problems of Development in the Middle East and North Africa
  • Security
  • The working poor and development
  • Understanding Economic Migration: Theories, Patterns and Policies
  • Water and development:conflict and governance

Open Options in Other Departments

Economics Department

Module

  • Economic development in Africa
  • Economic dynamics of the Asia-Pacific region
  • Economic problems and policies in modern China
  • The political economy of development in Africa

Politics and International Studies Department

Module

  • Government and politics in Africa
  • Government and politics of modern South Asia
  • Politics of Globalisation and Development in Asia and Africa
  • Taiwan’s politics and cross-strait relations

School of Law

Module

  • Human Rights in The Developing World
  • Water Law: Justice and Governance

Anthropology and Sociology Department

Module

  • Therapy and Culture

Department of History

Module

  • Colonialism and Nationalism in South Asia

Department of the Languages and Cultures of Japan and Korea

Module

  • North Korea since 1945: the rise and decline of an East Asian developmental state

Study of Religions

Module

  • Religions and Development

Student Destinations

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.

Fees

For fees details please see https://www.soas.ac.uk/registry/fees/postgraduate/">here

Entry Requirements

 

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

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