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About the Department of International Development

The Department of International Development (DID) at King’s College London is located in the iconic Bush House on the Strand Campus in the heart of London. A key department within the School of Global Affairs, we are a young, innovative and contemporary development studies department. Our focus is on the middle-income developing countries and fast-growing economies of the 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. The 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. DID staff are recruited from a wide range of the social, political and economic sciences and humanities and bring expertise and insight from many parts of the world. Our research seeks to explore three interlinked aspects of development in the contemporary global context: the societal impacts of rapid economic and technological change and of the intensified engagement in global networks; the policies, politics and economics of promoting and sustaining national economic growth in middle income countries; and 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 the DID community: those ready to take on the challenge.

Teaching

The teaching on all our programmes is multi-disciplinary and our modules are taught by experts in their respective domains. We offer a 3-year BA International Development and a 4-year BA with study year abroad, four interlinked MSc programmes, and we supervise PhD students studying aspects of development in middle income countries using lenses from social, political and economic sciences. 

We offer the following programmes:

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 Inclusive 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 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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Undergraduate study

Undergraduate study

Our International Development BA offers a distinctive approach to the study of development.

Master's courses

Master’s courses

Find out about postgraduate taught courses in the Department of International Development.

PhD study

PhD study

Details about our Development Studies with Reference to Emerging Economies MPhil/PhD.

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In line with the university’s wider equality and diversity 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 committed to enhancing the work-life balance of all staff in relation to caring responsibilities and other issues affecting well-being.