SOAS, University of London

Course Introduction

This programme provides a solid interdisciplinary social science formation in development theory and practice and develops students' capacities for independent and critical analysis; the course covers fields of politics, geography, social anthropology, economics, history, law and languages.

Course Modules

Core modules: political economy of development; theory, policy and practice of development; dissertation in development studies. Optional modules include: agrarian development, food policy and rural poverty ; aid and development; borders and development; civil society, social movements and the development process ; natural resources, development and change: putting critical anaylsis into practice; development practice ; East Asia and globalisation; 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; 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.

Start Date:


Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
1 year
Full Time
2 years
Part Time

Qualifications required:

  • Minimum upper 2nd Class Honours degree (or equivalent); relevant work experience may also be considered.