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Full time & Part time September MSc 12 months full-time, 24 months part-time
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Are you ready to delve into the dynamic world of development studies? The MSc in Development Studies at LSE offers a comprehensive academic journey, blending contemporary theory with practical insights into the complexities of development processes. Through a core course in Development: History, Theory and Policy, you will gain a solid foundation in understanding economic, political, and social dimensions of development. The programme allows you to tailor your studies by choosing from a diverse range of optional courses and specialising in a particular region of the developing world. What sets this programme apart is the opportunity to engage with a vibrant community of students from various backgrounds, preparing you for impactful careers in government, international agencies, NGOs, and more. With academic mentorship, access to LSE LIFE for personal and professional development, and support services like the Disability and Wellbeing Service, LSE ensures that you reach your full potential. Take the next step towards a rewarding career in development studies with LSE's MSc programme.

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The MSc in Development Studies provides you with high-quality academic training in development studies, using contemporary theory in the social sciences to understand the processes, policy and practice of development.

No field in contemporary social science is more challenging and exciting than the study of development – the processes involved in overcoming poverty and creating healthy, wealthy and sustainable societies.

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Student Profiles

Michael Canares

The Development Studies programme at LSE is very interdisciplinary, multi-cultural and pragmatic. It allows meaningful conversation between different disciplines – among economists, anthropologists, political scientists, and even those in the hard sciences. Most importantly, the programme highlights the link between theory and practice. Development theory, poverty, local politics, rural development, and development assistance, among others, are ably captured by the programme and are taught by experts in the field, and there is also a great richness of academic activities outside the classroom – especially the guest lectures, forums and debates that LSE holds or sponsors. I have never worked in such a multi-cultural environment before. My travels in the past have taught me that there is so much to learn from other cultures. I looked into LSE's enrolment statistics and saw the promise of learning not only in a multi-disciplinary but also a multi-cultural environment. Also, studying here is both a convenient and exciting experience – convenient in the sense that all materials for an effective and efficient academic experience are within reach, and exciting because this academic experience is set against a backdrop of arts, music and history. The fellowship I received from the Ford Foundation requires me to serve my country after I graduate. I will go back to the university where I teach and continue to serve its Centre for Local Governance.

Adam Hyde

LSE embodies exactly what I want in an education: a practical base, a support structure geared at facilitating open study and engagement in the world, and a mentality that fosters innovation, leadership and action. LSE has focussed me, disciplined me and, most importantly, given me the confidence and ability to achieve whatever it is I set my sights on. Never have I been surrounded by so many motivated people. In the societies I have joined, in my seminars, and generally in conversation, there is the constant challenge to the status quo. The friends I have made from all parts of the world and their intelligence, capacity to achieve and compassion is constantly inspiring and motivating. The fundamental importance, intensity and quality of the subjects offered within the Department of International Development is giving me a great base and confidence to achieve all I hope to achieve in the future. It is really exciting and hopefully we can all make some positive contribution in coming years.

Scholarships

The School recognises that the cost of living in London may be higher than in your home town or country, and we provide generous scholarships each year to home and overseas students.

LSE makes available over GBP 15 million annually in financial aid for its students. Around one quarter of our graduate students receive financial support from the School.

At master’s level, the value of support given by LSE ranges in value from 10 per cent of the tuition fee to a full fees and maintenance award.

This programme is eligible for needs-based awards from LSE, including the Graduate Support Scheme, Master's Awards, and Anniversary Scholarships.

Selection for any funding opportunity is based on receipt of an offer for a place and submitting a Graduate Financial Support application, before the funding deadline.

In addition to our needs-based awards, LSE also makes available scholarships for students from specific regions of the world and awards for students studying specific subject areas.

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