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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 one 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, and 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 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, King's International Development Institute, Global Institutes, 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

Study MSc Latin American 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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