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Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Development Politics Development Economics

Course type


Course Summary

This course 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.

This course 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.

Different course options

Full time | SOAS, University of London | 1 year | SEP-19

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



On successful completion of the module, students will be able to: demonstrate their substantial understanding of a key issue, topic or theme relating to Development Studies; organize their ideas in response to theoretical and empirical material and plan, develop and present a written argument in relation to this; show their ability to effectively gather, manage, synthesize and employ relevant data in support of their written argument; demonstrate their capacity to work independently under the guidance of an academic supervisor; and show that they have followed good academic research practice and have achieved a good level of competence in academic writing.

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.