MSc Development Studies (Contemporary India Pathway)

SOAS University of London

Program Description

MSc Development Studies (Contemporary India Pathway)

SOAS University of London

MSc Development Studies (Contemporary India 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 Contemporary India 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 Contemporary India.

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


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 Contemporary India Pathway will take two core modules ‘Political Economy of Development’ and ‘Theory, Policy and Practice of Development’, one module specific to Contemporary India and a dissertation (which must be written on a Contemporary India-related topic). In addition, students have a choice of option modules.

The degree offers students the opportunity to take up a 2-4 week placement in India or with a London-based organisation during the course of their studies. This is an optional and self-funded opportunity.

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 Contemporary India'.

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 FOUR core modules:

  • Political Economy of Development 15PDSC002 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Theory, policy and practice of development 15PDSC001 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Contemporary India: Issues, Methods and Approaches 15PAIC003 (30 credits) Full Year
  • 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

  • African and Asian Cultures in Britain 15PANH009 (15credits) Term 2
  • African and Asian Diasporas in the Modern World 15PANH010 (15credits) Term 1
  • Anthropological approaches to agriculture, food and nutrition 15PANH053 (15credits) Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Culture and Society of South Asia 15PANH064 (15credits) Term 1
  • Ethnographic Research Methods 15PANH002 (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


  • Colonialism and Nationalism in South Asia 15PHIH041 (15credits) Term 1
  • Gender, law and the family in the history of modern South Asia 15PHIH030 (15credits) Term 2
  • Islam in South Asia 15PHIH044 (15credits) Term 1
  • The Body and the Making of Colonial Difference in British India 15PHIH033 (15credits) Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018

Politics and International Studies

  • Government and politics of modern South Asia 15PPOC003 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Queer Politics in Asia, Africa and the Middle East 15PGNH007 (15credits) Term 2

Religions and Philosophies

  • Contemporary Islamism in South Asia: Readings in Sayyid Abu al-A'la Mawdudi 15PSRC170 (30 credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
  • Modern Muslim Thinkers of South Asia 15PSRC169 (30 credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018

South Asian Studies

  • Bengali Language 2 (PG) 15PSAC304 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Culture and Conflict in the Himalaya 15PSAC291 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Directed Readings in the Literature of a Modern South Asian Language 15PSAC016 (30 credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
  • Hindi Language 2 (PG) 15PSAC296 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Hindi Language 3 (PG) 15PSAC297 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Indian Cinema: Its History and Social Context 15PSAH001 (15credits) Term 1
  • Indian Cinema: Key Issues 15PSAH002 (15credits) Term 2
  • Literature & Colonialism in North India (Masters) 15PSAH005 (15credits) Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Literature of South Asia 15PSAC284 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Narratives of Mobility in Contemporary Hindi Literature (Masters) 15PSAH006 (15credits) Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
  • The Politics of Culture in Contemporary South Asia 15PSAC314 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Urdu Language 2 (PG) 15PSAC301 (30 credits) Full Year
This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated July 18, 2018
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