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Development Studies (Central Asia) MSc

Development Studies (Central Asia) MSc

Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Development Politics Development Economics Asian Studies

Course type


Course Summary

This course will develop a specialist understanding of Development Studies in the context of Central Asia. Development issues in Central Asia are a major focus of NGO and international organisations that work in Central Asia. This course is 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.

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.

Different course options

Full time | SOAS, University of London | 1 year | SEP

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Full time


1 year

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The module will explore some major regional conflicts and security challenges in Central Asia and the Caucasus as well as assess the role of key regional powers and international actors in shaping the geopolitics and security regimes in the region. By focusing on some major ethnic and social conflicts in specific states, analysing the shared traits as well as divergences in political processes across the region, it will identify some fundamental shifts taking place in the region. It will begin with exploring the historical debates on the geopolitical importance of the broader region (the ‘Great Game’ perspective), analyse the effects of its isolation during the Soviet years, and highlight the new strategic salience of the region since September 2001. It will examine the centrality of oil and energy resources in shaping cooperation and competition among the states in the region as well as the engagement of international actors (Russia, China, EU and the US in particular) in the region.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students need a minimum upper second class honours degree (or equivalent). Relevant work experience may also be considered. The subject preferred is Social Science.

University information

SOAS University of London is home to a large postgraduate community, with 45% of students studying towards a taught or research degree. SOAS University of London welcomes the brightest minds to study on its central London campus with like-minded individuals who feel passionately about contemporary world issues. All SOAS courses provide students with an understanding of complex contemporary issues and knowledge of non-Western theories. SOAS...more