MSc Humanitarianism, Aid & Conflict

General

Read more about this program on the school's website

Program Description

Mode of Attendance: Full-time or part-time


The MSc Humanitarianism, Aid & Conflict builds on the strength of existing expertise in violence and conflict and provides analytical training on the challenges of contemporary humanitarian aid provision. The programme presents students with a history of the architecture of aid in humanitarian contexts and engages with a set of debates relating to the political and logistical challenges to humanitarian aid and the critiques that have been made of it.

The programme is designed to provide students with a thorough understanding of humanitarian aid and its interaction with violent conflict.

Structure

Students must take 180 credits per year comprised of 120 taught credits (including core, compulsory and optional modules) and a 60 credit dissertation.

Core modules: A core module is required for the degree programme, so must always be taken and passed before you move on to the next year of your programme.

Compulsory modules: A compulsory module is required for the degree programme, so must always be taken, and if necessary can be passed by re-taking it alongside the next year of your programme.

Optional modules: These are designed to help students design their own intellectual journey while maintaining a strong grasp of the fundamentals.

Dissertation

  • Dissertation in Development Studies

Taught Component

Core Modules

  • Humanitarianism: Challenges & Critiques

Students also take one of the following:

  • Political economy of violence, conflict and development
  • Migration and Development

Guided Options

Choose module(s) from the List of Development Studies Options below to the value of 30 credits.

and

Choose module(s) to the total value of 30 credits from:

  • Module(s) from the List of Development Studies Options below to the value of 30 credits.
  • Module(s) from the List of Open Options to the value of 30 credits.
  • Module from the List of Development Studies Options below to the value of 15 credits.
  • Module from the List of Open Options to the value of 15 credits.

List of modules (subject to availability)

  • Development Studies
    • Agrarian Development, Food Policy and Rural Poverty
    • Aid and Development
    • Battlefields of Method: Approaches to International Development Research
    • Borders and Development
    • Cities and Development
    • Civil society, social movements and the development process
    • Development Practice
    • Environment, Governance and Development
    • Energy Transition, Nature, and Development in a Time of Climate Change
    • Famine and food security
    • Fundamentals of research methods for Development Studies
    • Gender and Development
    • Global Commodity Chains, Production Networks and Informal Work
    • Global Health and Development
    • Issues in Forced Migration
    • Marxist Political Economy and Global Development
    • Migration and Policy
    • Natural resources, development and change: putting critical analysis into practice
    • Neoliberalism, Democracy and Global Development
    • Problems of Development in the Middle East and North Africa
    • Security
    • The Working Poor and Development
    • Migrant Labour in the Global Economy
    • Water and Development: Conflict and Governance
    • Water Resources: Justice and Governance

Important notice

The information on the programme page reflects the intended programme structure against the given academic session.

Admissions and Applications

You can apply for this course via the online application form.

We aim to assess a complete application and provide a decision within a 5-week time frame. Overseas students who require a Tier 4 visa and wish to join SOAS should bear in mind visa applications can take several weeks, so you should apply as soon as possible.

Consideration of Application

The whole application, including transcript and references, is considered before a decision is reached. You are therefore advised to submit a complete application including references and transcript (where required). An incomplete application will add considerable delays to the decision-making process.

Students will receive an acknowledgement of their application. Each application is carefully considered and although we try and respond as quickly as possible, we do ask that students should expect to receive a response within five weeks of receipt.

Candidates who are available in the United Kingdom may be called for an interview. The absence of academic members of staff (or instance on study leave) may affect the timing of decisions.

Entry Requirements

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

English Language Entry Requirements

You must be able to show that your English is of a high enough standard to successfully engage with and complete your course at SOAS. Please note that we take our English language requirements seriously and failure to meet them exactly may well result in your application to SOAS being rejected. It is not possible to negotiate if your scores are below our required levels, with the expectation that because they are 'close enough' they will be accepted. It is important that you plan appropriately, well in advance, so that your English language test comes in good time and so that you have time to retake the test if necessary. We do not accept reasons of inconvenience or financial hardship for not submitting or retaking an English test.

International students

For EU and International students who need a visa, if unconditional entry scores are achieved we accept qualifications from several countries, as well as a range of international qualifications and tests.

If a Tier 4 entry visa is required then a SELT, such as UKVI IELTS may be needed. For this reason, we recommend all Tier 4 visa students to choose the UKVI IELTS Academic test as the test of first resort.

Last updated Oct 2019

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