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Who we are

The Department of International Development is a young, innovative and contemporary development studies department. We focus on the middle-income developing world, where foreign aid is largely irrelevant. Our approach is one of studying context and actual economic, social and political change in middle-income countries, rather than prescriptive models of development.

Our mission is to explore the sources of success in emerging economies, as well as understand the major development challenges they continue to face. We believe that no single academic discipline can explain the world in all its complexity. As such, our staff are recruited from a wide range of the social, political and economic sciences and humanities. They bring expertise and insight from many parts of the world.

Meanwhile, our research seeks to explore three interlinked aspects of development in the contemporary global context:

  1. the societal impacts of rapid economic and technological change and of the intensified engagement in global networks
  2. the policies, politics and economics of promoting and sustaining national economic growth in middle income countries
  3. the policies, politics and economics of inclusive development – ensuring that the broad population share in the benefits of growth and wealth.

Studying International Development at King’s gives students the opportunity to deepen their knowledge of the rapidly changing world, develop their skills and broaden their experience within a world-class, global university. We welcome adaptable, well-rounded and independent thinkers to our community – those ready to take on the challenge.


Teaching

Our teaching is multi-disciplinary and our modules are taught by experts in their respective domains. We offer a three-year International Development BA and a four-year BA with study year abroad.

We also offer four interlinked master's courses, and we supervise PhD students studying aspects of development in middle income countries using lenses from social, political and economic sciences. 

Our courses:
UCAS Code L900, L901 (with a year abroad)
Duration Three years, or four years with a year abroad

BA International Development in the Department of International Development at King's College London

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Duration 3-4 years f/t or 6-7 years p/t

PhD Development Studies with reference to Emerging Economies in International Development Institute at King's College London.

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Duration 1 year FT / 2 years PT, September to September

MSc in Emerging Economies and International Development in the Department of International Development at King's College London

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Duration 1 year FT / 2 years PT, September to September

MSc Political Economy of Emerging Markets in the Department of International Development at King's College London

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In line with the university’s wider equality, diversity and inclusion statement, the Department is committed to the provision of equality of opportunity and the recognition and promotion of diversity for all of our students, staff and visitors.

We aim to nurture a collegial, mutually supportive and committed culture among staff, students and visitors. We are committed to providing and promoting an environment in which all people can learn, work and interact freely without fear of discrimination, prejudice or harassment.

We are committed to creating and sustaining a diverse work and learning environment. All students and staff are treated equitably and are not accorded less favourable treatment because of age, marital/civil partnership status, sex, disability, race, colour, ethnic or national origin, sexual orientation, family circumstances, religious or political beliefs and transgender status.

The Department is also committed to enhancing the work-life balance of all staff in relation to caring responsibilities and other issues affecting well-being.