MSc Violence, Conflict & Development
Duration: One calendar year (full-time). 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 honours degree (or equivalent). Relevant work experience may also be considered.
Start of programme: September intake only
Who is this programme for?
The Violence, Conflict and Development programme attracts applicants with a variety of academic and working backgrounds. We welcome those who have worked in the field of development and/or conflict, but we also welcome applications from students without relevant work experience who can demonstrate a strong interest in the major themes of the programme and a strong first degree, preferably in a social science.
The degree has been developed to meet the needs of people working or hoping to work, in international agencies, humanitarian organisations, and NGOs.
As the pioneering programme of its kind internationally, this MSc programme develops detailed empirical knowledge and analytical skills for understanding the complex linkages between violent conflict and development, both historically and today. It enables students to explore these linkages both within a specific country and regional contexts and in the context of global interdependencies and the ways, these affect peace, war, and non-war violence.
The programme introduces students to competing for analytical approaches. It is multi-disciplinary though shaped by a particular interest in political economy. It encourages deep case study knowledge. And it offers students the ability to tailor their choice of optional courses and dissertation research to their own interests.
The MSc in Violence, Conflict and Development draws on the exceptional expertise at SOAS in the different disciplinary understanding of development challenges and processes as well as the strong commitment among all teaching staff to area expertise. Staff teaching on this programme are research active and have a range of links to international organisations.
The programme is of interest for development practitioners, activists, and students with a scholarly interest in the patterns of violence internationally, in how violence affects development, and in how the uneven processes of development themselves may both generate violence and generate mechanisms for containing violence.
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, ‘Political Economy of Violence, Conflict & 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:
- Political economy of violence, conflict and development 15PDSC003 (30 credits) Full Year
- Dissertation in Development Studies 15PDSC999 (60credits) 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
- Anthropology of Development 15PANC090 (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
- War to Peace Transitions 15PDSH018 (15credits) Term 2
- Water and Development: Conflict and Governance 15PDSH049 (15credits) Term 2
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Last updated July 18, 2018