SOAS, University of London

Course Introduction

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.

Start Date:

We recommend that part-time students have between two and a half and three days free in the week to pursue their course of study.. We recommend that part-time students have between two and a half and three days free in the week to pursue their course of study..

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
1 year
Full Time
MSc £12,120 Home Fees
1 year
Full Time
MSc £12,120 European Fees
1 year
Full Time
MSc £20,715 Overseas Fees
2 years
Part Time Day
MSc £6,060 Home Fees
2 years
Part Time Day
MSc £6,060 European Fees
2 years
Part Time Day
MSc £10,358 Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Domestic 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.
  • International entry requirements: Students whose first language is not English need to have IELTS with 6.5 overall with 6.5 in writing and speaking and 6.0 in reading and listening.