MA Politics, Development & the Global South

Goldsmiths, University of London

Program Description

MA Politics, Development & the Global South

Goldsmiths, University of London

This Masters considers ‘development’ as a widely desired goal, but also an arena of contestation. You will explore new forms of politics, especially those emerging in the non-Western world, and have the opportunity to undertake an internship.

‘Development’ has been a long desired as a goal for societies and peoples, and the pursuit of it has been decisive in shaping the world, especially since the mid-20th century. However major changes in recent decades, including the emergence of new geopolitical powers on the international stage, growing challenges to neoliberal dogmas, heightened concern with increasing global inequality, and recognition of the danger of ecological devastation, mean that ‘development’ – what it means and how it is to be achieved – has become the site of contestation, where new forms of politics and struggle have emerged.

This Masters surveys these changes and this contestation, and asks, how can (and should) we talk about the challenges and possibilities for development in the 21st century?

The programme considers ‘development’ as a central political question to map out the world today. The MA will trace the murky contours that separate politics from lawlessness, political ideas and ideals from empty rhetorical gestures, international cooperation from imperialism, and political activism from violence.

*New programme: Subject to validation

Please note: 'subject to validation' means that we will be offering this degree providing it is approved by the Goldsmiths Academic Board.

Skills & careers

You’ll consider a range of debates and approaches that are pertinent to the development sector, and so it’s an ideal programme for anyone thinking of pursuing a career in this area – whether you’re interested in working for high profile charities, grass-roots organisations, social enterprises, or global activism.

It’s also an ideal foundation for a career in research or policy, or if you’re thinking of pursuing a research degree in the future.

Entry requirements

You should have (or expect to be awarded) an undergraduate degree of at least upper second class standard in a relevant/related subject.

You might also be considered for some programmes if you aren’t a graduate or your degree is in an unrelated field, but have relevant experience and can show that you have the ability to work at postgraduate level.

Equivalent qualifications

We accept a wide range of international qualifications. Find out more about the qualifications we accept from around the world.

English language requirements

If English isn’t your first language, you’ll need to meet our English language requirements to study with us.

For this programme we require:

If you need assistance with your English language, we offer a range of courses that can help prepare you for postgraduate-level study.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated December 25, 2016
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Aug. 2017
1 year
Full time
13,100 GBP
Start date Aug. 2017
United Kingdom London, England
Application deadline Request Info
End date Request Info
Duration 1 year
Price 13,100 GBP