What are the differences in the MSc programmes offered by the department?
Each of our programmes has a distinctive compulsory course which allows students to combine core knowledge with optional courses. Optional courses can be chosen from within the department, or from a wide range of offerings across LSE.
MSc Development Studies students take a full-unit compulsory course, Development: Theory, History and Policy (DV400), across Michaelmas and Lent terms. They also take optional courses to the value of two units and produce a 10,000 word dissertation (DV410) on a development related topic.
MSc Development Management students take a full-unit compulsory course, Development Management (DV431), across Michaelmas and Lent terms. They also take optional courses to the value of two units as well as preparing a group project, and produce a 10,000 word dissertation (DV410) on a development related topic.
MSc International Development and Humanitarian Emergencies (IDHE) students take a half-unit compulsory course, Key Issues in Development Studies (DV442) in the Michaelmas term, plus a further full-unit compulsory course, Managing Humanitarianism & Humanitarian Consultancy Project (DV452), incorporating teaching in humanitarianism and a team-based ‘live’ consultancy project for a client in the development or humanitarian sector. They also take optional courses to the value of 1.5 units and produce a 10,000 word dissertation (DV410) on a development related topic.
MSc African Development students take two half-unit compulsory courses, African Political Economy (DV435) and African Development (DV418), as well as one of the department’s core courses: Development: Theory, History and Policy (DV400), Development Management (DV431), or the half-unit course Key Issues in Development Studies (DV442) combined with one of International Institutions and Late Development (DV424), Global Health and Development (DV421), Complex Emergencies (DV420), or Managing Humanitarianism (DV428). They also take optional courses to the value of one unit and produce a 10,000 word dissertation (DV410) on a development related topic.
Can I still apply for the MSc Development Studies (Research) programme?
The MSc Development Studies (Research) programme will not be running from 2015/16 onwards. If you have already applied to the programme please amend your options using the online application system or by contacting Graduate Admissions.
How is the year structured and what are the term dates?
The year is divided into three terms: Michaelmas (October to December), Lent (January to March) and Summer (April to June).
A full-unit course will run over Michaelmas and Lent terms. A half-unit course will only run for one term. Please note that half-unit courses only run once per year - they are not available during both terms.
In the Summer term there are usually revision classes and dissertation workshops, followed by examinations which take place in May and June (exact dates will not be confirmed until the beginning of the Summer term).
The dissertation is due at the end of August. You do not have to stay in London to write your dissertation but it is your responsibility to ensure that it reaches us by the due date.
You can view term dates here.
How many hours of study is involved?
Most courses require students to attend one 90-120 minute lecture and one 90-120 minute seminar per week.
Students in the Department of International Development are also expected to attend the Friday morning Social Research Methods course (DV410.1) in Michaelmas term and the Friday afternoon lecture series (DV445) in Michaelmas and Lent terms.
In total, full-time students should expect to spend approximately 30 hours per week engaging in academic study (12 hours of lecture and seminars per week, plus 3 hours of reading for each course). For part-time students, this number should be halved, although it may fluctuate depending on course selections and requirements.
Will I be assigned a supervisor?
Each MSc student in the department will be assigned an academic advisor at the beginning of the year to advise on course choices, dissertation topics, and any other issues - academic or non-academic.
All members of staff hold regular office hours for student consultation. The department practises an 'open-door policy' and you are encouraged to approach any member of staff for discussion, not just your supervisor.
Is there any preliminary reading I should do?
A list of introductory readings for each programme will be sent to students over the summer.
Does the department award any student prizes?
Prizes are awarded annually per programme as follows: Best overall performance Best dissertation Excellent dissertation prize (for students who have achieved a minimum mark of 75%)