Graduate Programmes

LSE has maintained its position as one of the top universities in the world for Development Studies.

The Department of International Development currently offers six taught MSc programmes. Students in these programmes come from all over the world and upon graduation have successfully found employment in a wide variety of government, non-government, UN, academic, and private sector organisations working in the developing world.

LSE has maintained its position as one of the top universities in the world for Development Studies.

MSc Development Management

MSc Development Managment provides students with the understanding of how to create self-sustaining institutions that liberate societies from low-level deprivation traps by increasing productivity, freedom, and cooperative interdependence.

MSc Development Studies

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

MSc International Development and Humanitarian Emergencies

The MSc in International Development and Humanitarian Emergencies provides students with the understanding in the dynamics of humanitarian and complex emergencies as well as providing a solid foundation in development issues such as poverty reduction, wealth creation and the expansion of human capabilities.

MSc Health and International Development 

The MSc in Health and International Development provides students with a solid foundation in key issues in development with a focus on the inter-relationships between challenges to population health and health systems and development.

MSc African Development 

The MSc African Development programme aims to provide students with a high quality academic introduction to the study of politics, economic development and economic policy in Africa. This programme will not be offered after 2018. 


We also offer six additional degrees jointly with other departments and institutes.

Please note that queries about the joint degree programmes should be addressed to the other host department which is responsible for administration and not to International Development.                         



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Dru Daley, Deputy Department Manager +44(0)20 7955 7425

Roxane Ray, MSc Programme Manager +44(0)20 7955 2626

Dipa Patel, Web, Communications and Events +44(0)20 7955 6565


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Department of International Development, Connaught House, London School of Economics, Houghton Street, London, WC2A 2AE