Research course

Development Studies

SOAS University of London · Department of Development Studies

Entry requirements

Normally a Masters degree in a relevant discipline

Months of entry


Course content

The Department currently has 52 research students, working on a range of research topics in many parts of Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East. We are particularly interested in potential research students who wish to work in one of the main Departmental Research Clusters, namely: Labour, Movements and Development; Neoliberalism, Globalisation, and States; Violence, Peace and Development; Water for Africa; Migration, Mobility and Development; Agrarian Change and Development; Development Policy, Aid, Institutions and Poverty Reduction

Research students are encouraged to attend weekly training sessions to introduce them to a number of practical techniques and vocational skills utilised within the development profession; fortnightly seminars on topics relevant to Development Studies and, where appropriate, post-experience workshops.

Before applying for a research degree, please read the following notes on How to write your Research Proposal

For all queries regarding applications and proposals please contact the the Research Admissions Tutor, listed on the drop down list at the top of the Development Studies Staff page

Department specialisms

Interests in development issues in the School are broad but include globalisation, gender and development, environmental change and the politics of development.

Information for international students

Information, including English Language requirements, can be found here:

Fees and funding

SOAS offers a number of research student fellowships. Information on these and other funding opportunities is available on the website

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months
part time
72 months


part time
36 months
full time
24 months

Further details of qualification

Candidates are normally registered for an MPhil and convert to a PhD after successful completion of the first-year.

Course contact details

Student Recruitment Office
+44 (0)20 7898 4700