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MSc Development Studies


Course Description

About the MSc programmes

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

A full-unit core course in Development: History, Theory and Policy introduces you to the theories and historical experience of development, as well as cutting-edge policy debates. The course provides you with a strong foundation to engage with the economic, political and social dimensions of development policy and practice. You will also choose from a wide range of optional courses within the School to deepen or broaden your disciplinary training, or take up the advanced study of a particular region of the developing world.

The programme brings together students from diverse academic and professional backgrounds, and recent graduates have gone on to work in government, international development agencies, NGOs, as well as development consultancies and think tanks, or to PhD study.

Programme details

You can find the most up-to-date list of optional courses for MSc Development Studies in the Programme Regulations section of the current School Calendar.

You must note however that while care has been taken to ensure that this information is up to date and correct, some circumstances may cause the School to subsequently change, suspend or withdraw a course or programme of study, or change the fees that apply to it. The School will neither be liable for information that after publication becomes inaccurate or irrelevant, nor for changing, suspending or withdrawing a course or programme of study due to circumstances outside of its control. You must also note that places are limited on some courses and/or subject to specific entry requirements. The School cannot therefore guarantee places on its courses. You should visit the School's Calendar, or contact the relevant academic department, for information on the availability and/or content of courses and programmes of study. Certain substantive changes will be listed on the Updated graduate course and programme information page.

Graduate destinations

Recent graduates have gained employment in government, international development agencies, international and local non-governmental organisations (NGOs), international and local private firms, development consultancies and think-tanks, or have gone on to obtain PhDs in development studies or other social science disciplines.

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

(Student Profile)

Michael Canares

1849.jpg 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.

(Student Profile)

Adam Hyde

1850.jpg 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

Entry Requirements

2:1 degree or equivalent in any discipline. Social science or humanities advantageous; English standard level.

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