MSc Globalisation and Development
Duration: One calendar year (full-time) or two years (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 degree in a relevant field, though relevant work experience will also be taken into consideration.
Start of programme: September intake only.
Who is this programme for?
This programme is designed for those who want to understand global processes and development, and for those who want to work on, or analyse, development related tasks and issues. It is also highly relevant to anyone working or intending to work, in development advocacy, policy making, and global development policy analysis, in the NGO sector, government agencies, and international development organisations.
We welcome students with a strong background in the social sciences in their first degree, but we also welcome students who have worked in the area of development, or in a related field.
This exciting programme offers a critical examination of the contemporary process of globalisation and how it influences the developing world, both before and after the ongoing global crisis. The MSc Globalisation and Development blends, in equal measure, critical analysis of mainstream thinking, alternative theories and practices, and case studies of political, social and cultural aspects of globalisation and development.
This degree draws its strength from the unrivalled expertise at SOAS in development problems and processes. The programme is of interest for development practitioners, activists, and students with a scholarly interest in how globalisation influences the developing world, and how the poor majority responds to these challenges.
Students must take 180 credits comprised of 120 taught credits (including core and option modules) and a 60 credit dissertation.
All students take core modules, ‘Globalisation and Development’ and a ‘Dissertation in Development Studies’. They then choose EITHER ‘Political Economy of Development’ OR ‘Theory, Policy and Practice of Development’. Through these modules, students build their analytical skills and knowledge of the main issues and debates in Development Studies.
Students also take option modules, allowing them to specialise in particular areas of development and possibly using them to develop a dissertation on a related theme. By tying optional modules to their individual dissertation topic, students tailor their degree to suit their own interests and career development goals.
Please note that not all option modules may run every year. Modules at other institutions (intercollegiate) are not part of the approved programme structure.
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.
Students take the following TWO core modules:
- Globalisation and Development 15PDSC005 (30 credits) Full Year
- Dissertation in Development Studies 15PDSC999 (60 credits) Full Year
Optional Core Modules
Students then choose ONE of the following modules:
- Political Economy of Development 15PDSC002 (30 credits) Full Year
- Theory, policy and practice of development 15PDSC001 (30 credits) Full Year
Students choose modules to the value of 30 credits from List 1 and 30 credits from List 2 below:
Option Modules in the Department of Development Studies
- Agrarian Development, Food Policy and Rural Poverty 15PDSH026 (15credits) Term 1
- Aid and Development 15PDSH027 (15credits) Term 1
- Battlefields of Method: Approaches to International Development Research 15PDSC008 (30 credits) Full Year
- Borders and Development 15PDSH023 (15credits) Term 2
- Civil society, social movements and the development process 15PDSH001 (15credits) Term 1
- Development Practice 15PDSH013 (15credits) Term 2
- Environment, Governance and Development 15PDSH050 (15credits) Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
- Extractive Industries, Energy, Biofuels and Development in a Time of Climate Change 15PDSH048 (15credits) Term 2
- Famine and food security 15PDSH022 (15credits) Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
- Fundamentals of research methods for Development Studies 15PDSH017 (15credits) Term 1
- Gender and Development 15PDSH010 (15credits) Term 1
- Global Commodity Chains, Production Networks and Informal Work 15PDSH024 (15credits) Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
- Global Health and Development 15PDSH051 (15credits) Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
- Issues in Forced Migration 15PDSH015 (15credits) Term 2
- Marxist Political Economy and Global Development 15PDSH053 (15credits) Term 2
- Migration and Policy 15PDSH029 (15credits) Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
- Natural resources, development and change: putting critical analysis into practice 15PDSH031 (15credits) Term 2
- Neoliberalism, Democracy and Global Development 15PDSH054 (15credits) Term 1
- Problems of Development in the Middle East and North Africa 15PDSH019 (15credits) Term 2
- Security 15PDSH020 (15credits) Term 1
- The Working Poor and Development 15PDSH030 (15credits) Term 2
- Understanding Economic Migration: Theories, Patterns and Policies 15PDSH032 (15credits) Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
- Water and Development: Conflict and Governance 15PDSH049 (15credits) Term 2
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