MSc Development Studies (Central Asia Pathway)

SOAS University of London

Program Description

MSc Development Studies (Central Asia Pathway)

SOAS University of London

MSc Development Studies (Central Asia Pathway)

Duration: One calendar year (full-time) Two (part-time, daytime only) 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.

Minimum Entry Requirements: Minimum upper second class honours degree (or equivalent). Relevant work experience may also be considered.

Subjects Preferred: Social Science

Start of programme: September intake only

Mode of Attendance: Full Time or Part Time

Who is this programme for?

Applicants apply for the MSc Development Studies programme but can decide to follow the Central Asia Pathway upon arrival by choosing the combination of modules required for this pathway (see Structure tab).

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 in Central Asia.

Students taking the Central Asia Pathway will develop a specialist understanding of Development Studies in the context of Central Asia. Development issues in Central Asia are a major focus of NGO and international organisations that work in Central Asia. SOAS' recognised strengths in this area, including the establishment of the Centre of Contemporary Central Asia and the Caucasus, makes this a unique and exciting opportunity for those interested in Central Asia.


Students must take 180 credits comprised of 120 taught credits (including core and option modules) and a 60 credit dissertation.

Applicants apply for and will be formally enrolled on, the MSc Development Studies programme. Students wishing to follow the Central Asia Pathway will take two core modules in Development Studies (Political Economy of Development and Theory, Policy and Practice of Development), two modules specific to Central Asia, and a dissertation (which must be written on a Central Asia-related topic). In addition, students have a choice of option modules.

If the following combination of core modules has been successfully completed, students may request that the following specialism appears on their final degree transcript: 'MSc Development Studies with special reference to Central Asia'.

Please note that not all option modules may run every year. Modules at other institutions (intercollegiate) are not part of the approved programme structure.

Part-time study

Students can take this programme part-time over 2 or 3 years. Students usually complete their core modules in Year 1 and their option modules and dissertation in subsequent years.

Core Modules

Students take the following FIVE core modules:

  • Political Economy of Development 15PDSC002 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Theory, policy and practice of development 15PDSC001 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Geopolitics and Security in Central Asia and the Caucasus 15PPOH023 (15credits) Term 2
  • State and Society in Central Asia and the Caucasus 15PPOH022 (15credits) Term 1
  • Dissertation in Development Studies 15PDSC999 (60 credits) Full Year

Option Modules in other Departments

Students choose modules to the value of 30 credits from the list below:

Anthropology and Sociology

  • Anthropological approaches to agriculture, food and nutrition 15PANH053 (15credits) Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Ethnographic Research Methods 15PANH002 (15credits) Term 1

History of Art and Archaeology

  • Art and Archaeology of the Silk Road 15PARC032 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Critical Themes in Tibetan Art 15PARH074 (15credits) Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Imag(in)ing Buddhahood in South Asia (1) 15PARH078 (15credits) Term 1

International Studies and Diplomacy

  • History and Future of the United Nations 15PFFH006 (15credits) Term 1
  • International Relations 1: Foundations of World Politics 15PFFH002 (15credits) Term 1
  • International Relations 2: Contemporary World Politics 15PFFH003 (15credits) Term 2
  • Multinational Enterprises in a Globalising World - Economic and Legal Perspectives 15PFFC019 (30 credits) Full Year

Politics and International Studies

  • Geopolitics and Security in Central Asia and the Caucasus 15PPOH023 (15credits) Term 2
  • State and Society in Central Asia and the Caucasus 15PPOH022 (15credits) Term 1

South Asian Studies

  • Culture and Conflict in the Himalaya 15PSAC291 (30 credits) Full Year
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Last updated March 9, 2018
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