The MSc Social Policy and Development programme is aimed at those who have work experience in developing countries and wish to acquire professional skills in the expanding field of social policy and development. The degree aims to develop an understanding of the theory and methodology of social policy and development, to allow deeper study in specialist development areas of particular interest to individual students and to strengthen analytical and organisational skills.
The first stream, Social Policy and Development, approaches social policy and development primarily from the perspective of government. The second stream, Social Policy and Development: Non-Governmental Organisations approaches the subject from the perspective of NGOs and wider civil society. Both streams share a common engagement with the core concepts and debates within social policy and development including the policy process, wellbeing, poverty and exclusion, global institutions and the aid system, sustainability and livelihoods, and rights and citizenship.
You will study in a comparative, international and multi-disciplinary environment, with staff who have expertise in Asia, Africa, Latin America and post-communist societies, and maintain research and advisory links with governments and key international development organisations.
Students who have graduated from this programme have gone one to work for: Different UN agencies including UNDP, UNICEF and UNHCR A variety of small and large NGOs including Oxfam, Médecins Sans Frontières, International Red Cross, One World Action International or intergovernmental organisations such as the World Economic Forum, European Commission, World Bank Consulting companies Government ministries
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.
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.
2:1 degree or overseas equivalent in a relevant social science discipline; Professional experience is advantageous; English standard level.
Recipient: London School of Economics and Political Science
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