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MSc Population and Development


Course Description

About the MSc programme

The MSc in Population and Development is jointly run by the Department of Social Policy and the Department of International Development and includes:
◾ core courses on key issues in population and international development
◾ optional courses in critical demographic techniques
◾ a choice of options from a wide range of highly rated courses within both Departments and in other departments specialising in gender, political economy, and public policy

The programme will bring you up-to-date with current international issues in the relationships between development and population. It will equip you with the skills to critically assess contemporary and future issues of population and development. The programme is designed to provide skills and knowledge to students looking for high level careers in international, public, private and voluntary agencies dealing with population and development issues at national and international levels.

Graduate destinations

The programme has provided excellent career prospects for graduates. The content and structure of the programme provide skills and knowledge to candidates looking for high-level careers in public, private and voluntary agencies, both national and international. We have alumni working in major organisations such as the WHO, IPPF, Global Vision, Marie Stopes International, UNFPA, UNICEF, USAID, DFID, as well as in a wide range of governmental and non-governmental organisations throughout the world. As a result of the broad focus of the programme we have also had a number of students go on to work in major private companies in a variety of roles.

Visit the MSc Population and Development page on the London School of Economics and Political Science website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Katsuya Aihara

More than 60 years have passed since the second world war ended. Welfare states have been changing from their original shape, because plenty of factors have forced change, such as low fertility rates, increased longevity, and increasing numbers of female workers. It is interesting to me to try to understand such changes, as well as efforts to improve the original styles of welfare states. Social policy is very closely linked to our daily lives, so the public is interested in the individual policies provided and implemented by their governments, such as pensions, health and employment.

I came to LSE partly so that I could study and live in London, one of the largest and most attractive cities in the world, and also because I wanted to study European historical and cultural backgrounds as well as social policy itself. Besides, as Japan has been so much influenced by the UK (politics, social policy, etc), I wanted to know what the United Kingdom is like as a country.

LSE has many benefits to the people who come here – the diversity of students, a massive library, being in the centre of London and the kindness of staff and teachers. I enjoy the atmosphere here, which gives us freedom to do in our own way what we want to do. I have particularly benefited from the language centre programmes, which cover from how to pronounce English words to how to write a dissertation - especially helpful to us non-native English speakers. After I graduate, I am going back to my office, the House of Representatives of Japan, and will continue to support the members of the House.

(Student Profile)

Harriet Nakaggo

1846.jpg Firoz and Najma Lalji Foundation Scholar

The origin of my interest in studying in a developed country, particularly at LSE, happened during my undergraduate studies back at home in Uganda. The relatively backward education concepts and teaching methodologies have made it inevitable that Ugandan education as a whole remains out of pace with international educational development – we were taught to be job seekers but not creators. The reason why I applied for graduate study at LSE was that it is a university with a time-honoured history and academic reputation in the world.

It is as a result of the impact of my scholarship that I want to become a development activist in Uganda immediately after my programme, mostly geared to helping vulnerable children fulfil their dreams of life.


Scholarships

Entry Requirements

2:1 degree or overseas equivalent in any discipline; English standard level.

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