Minimum upper second class honours degree (or equivalent). Relevant work experience may also be considered.
Months of entry
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.
- 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.
The MSc Development Studies has four components: two compulsory modules; one full-module option or two half-module options; and a dissertation of 10,000 words. Please see Postgraduate Modules for details on core and optional modules taught within the Department. For a full list of modules offered, please see the Postgraduate Handbook, available on the Development Studies homepage.
Information for international students
Information, including English Language requirements, can be found on our website.
Fees and funding
Please visit our website for further information on funding: https://www.soas.ac.uk/registry/funding/.
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
- Student Recruitment Office
- +44 (0)20 7898 4700