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The study of environment and development is multi-disciplinary by nature, and the programme seeks to integrate key concepts and perspectives from core social science disciplines. The aim is to provide you with an understanding of the issues involved in sustainable development, from both a theoretical and practical perspective.
2:1 degree or equivalent in any discipline, preferably a social science. Will consider appropriate work experience in addition to sound academic background.
The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) offers you the opportunity to study the social sciences in an institution with a worldwide academic reputation, while enjoying the cultural, social and recreational facilities of one of the world’s greatest capital cities.
Just being at LSE, as a university with diverse students, and hence cultures, has helped me learn about and appreciate the different cultures that we have on this planet, especially through the events hosted by different societies, such as the Global Show. I have also been privileged to sit and listen to some very important academic figures as well as prominent people of the world, through public talks, debates and conferences organised by the LSE Events programme and LSEU societies. The list has included Geoffrey Sachs, Nicholas Stern and Louis Moreno-Ocampo (ICC Chief Prosecutor). My programme integrates issues of sustainable development, a subject that has dominated agendas on environmental management issues in the past decade, from a theory and practical based perspective, giving examples from both the developing and developed world. LSE has offered me advice and support in many ways, in particular the Language Centre, LSE learning world and Careers Service. I have benefited particularly from the Language Centre which offers preparatory courses to enhance your English language. As a non-native English speaker, I found this useful as it helped develop my ability to write well for academic purposes. I have also benefited a great deal from one-to-one study support, which consists of giving confidential advice and support to students with regard to their studying, offered by the Teaching and Learning Centre. Once I leave LSE I aspire to work in the field of Environmental Impact Assessment.
Perhaps the most valuable experience of LSE is the confidence that it equips you with. LSE helped me to develop an analytical approach, to learn the habit of challenging any solution and improving on it, and the confidence of being able to benchmark with world class compatriots.
My advice would be to keep on learning new skills at LSE. The skills that I picked up gave me the confidence of being able to develop the algorithm I needed for Ace GMAT.
I chose my degree subject because it was the perfect marriage of what I wanted to study - International Development and Sustainability issues. I chose LSE because it is the only school that combined the two fields in a Masters programme and because LSE ranked amongst the best schools in the world in the social sciences.
LSE changed my life and was one of the best decisions I ever made. Not only did I realise how incredible learning could be, but I have made lifelong friends in the field and still stay in touch with some of my professors to this day.