MA in Law, Development and Globalisation

SOAS University of London

Program Description

MA in Law, Development and Globalisation

SOAS University of London

MA in Law, Development and Globalisation

Duration: One calendar year (full-time); Two or three years (part-time, daytime only)

Minimum Entry Requirements: Upper second class honours preferably in a related discipline

Start of programme: September intake only

The MA in Law, Development and Globalisation allows students to study the relationships between law and development in the context of a globalising world. It gives students the opportunity to study the complex relationship between these processes and legal systems in an international and comparative context, with the opportunity to focus on a broad range of areas including imperialism, inequality, finance and commerce. All SOAS modules are designed not only to introduce students to the general fields of law, but also to provide an understanding of how generic legal structures and processes may operate in non-Western social and cultural settings. All teachers on modules offered at SOAS are experts in their designated field. Many have years of experience advising governments, international organisations or non-governmental organisation, and many also have been or continue to be legal practitioners.


To facilitate the study of law, all MA students are required to attend a two-week Preliminary Law, Legal Reasoning and Legal Methods in the September before beginning the MA programme.

Students must take modules to a total value of 180, consisting of a dissertation (60 credits) and 120 credits of taught modules. Taught modules are worth either 15 or 30 credits.

Students who wish to graduate with a specialised MA are required to take at least 60 credits associated with his or her specialised MA, a further 30 credits within the School of Law (General Law Postgraduate Taught Module List), and a final 30 unit which can either be taken within the School of Law or from the Language Open Options or Non-Language Open Options pages with the MA Programme Convenor’s permission. The dissertation topic will be undertaken within the MA specialisation.

Specialism Module List (at least 60 credits to be taken)

  • Anatomy of a Human Rights Emergency: Case Study of Darfur 15PLAH060 (15 credits) Term 2
  • Comparative Constitutional Law 15PLAH046 (15 credits) Term 2
  • Colonialism, Empire and International Law 15PLAH025 (15 credits) Term 2
  • Foundations of Comparative Law 15PLAH031 (15 credits) Term 1
  • Foundations of International Law 15PLAH021 (15 credits) Term 1
  • Gender, Sexuality and Law: Selected Topics 15PLAH061 (15 credits) Term 2
  • Gender, Sexuality and Law: Theories and Methodologies 15PLAH062 (15 credits) Term 1
  • International and Comparative Copyright Law: Copyright in The Global Village 15PLAC115 (30credits) Full Year
  • International Refugee and Migration Law 15PLAH057 (15 credits) Term 1
  • International and Comparative Corporate Law 15PLAC116 (30credits) Full Year
  • Justice, Reconciliation and Reconstruction in Post-Conflict Societies 15PLAH040 (15 credits) Term 2
  • Law and Development in Africa 15PLAC160 (30credits) Full Year
  • Law and Society in Southeast Asia 15PLAH049 (15 credits) Term 1
  • Law and Postcolonial Theory 15PLAH050 (15 credits) Term 1
  • Law, Rights & Social Change 15PLAH064 (15 credits) Term 2
  • Multinational Enterprises and The Law 15PLAC140 (30credits) Full Year
  • Water Law: Justice and Governance 15PLAH044 (15 credits) Term 1

General Law Postgraduate Module List

An additional 30 credits must be taken from the School of Law General Postgraduate Taught Module List or the Specialism Module List above.

Postgraduate Open Option Modules

A final 30 credits must be taken from the SOAS Open Option Module list, or from the General Law Postgraduate Module List above or from the Specialism Module List.


Dissertation (12,000 words), on a topic related to the specialism of the degree

  • MA Dissertation in Law 15PLAC999 (60credits) Full Year
This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated January 31, 2018
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