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SOAS, University of London

MSc Violence, Conflict and Development

SOAS, University of London
In City of London

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Location City of london
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Description

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 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 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 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.

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City of London
London, England
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City of London
London, England
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What you'll learn on the course

Global
International
Conflict
Politics
Staff
IT
Teaching
IT Development
Skills and Training
Development
Political Economy
Anthropology
Violence
intercultural awareness
Area
literature
analytical skills
IT
analytical skills

Course programme

Overview

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.

Specialisation

Students also take option modules, allowing them to specialise in particular areas of development and possibly using them to develop a dissertation in 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.

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 TWO core modules:

  • Political economy of violence, conflict and development
  • Dissertation in Development Studies
Optional Core Modules

Students then choose ONE of the following modules:

  • Political Economy of Development
  • Theory, policy and practice of development
  • Anthropology of Development
Option Modules

Students choose modules to the value of 30 credits from List 1 and 30 credits from List 2 below:

(1) Option Modules in the Department of Development Studies
  • Agrarian Development, Food Policy and Rural Poverty
  • Aid and Development
  • Battlefields of Method: Approaches to International Development Research
  • Borders 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
  • Understanding Economic Migration: Theories, Patterns and Policies
  • War to Peace Transitions
  • Water and Development:Conflict and Governance
  • Water Resources: Justice and Governance
(2) Open Options in other Departments

Open module options in other departments

Non-Assessed Course

All MSc students in Development Studies are eligible to attend the one-term, non-assessed course, Economics for Beginners, which introduces students to basic concepts in microeconomics, macroeconomics, development economics, and statistics and econometrics.

This is the structure for 2018/19 applicants

If you are a current student you can find structure information on Moodle or through your Department.

Programme Specification
  • Programme Specification 17/18 (pdf; 163kb)
  • Programme Specification 2016/17 (pdf; 192kb)
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