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Department of International Development
6-8th Floors, Connaught House
London School of Economics and Political Science
Houghton Street


Tel: +44 (020) 7955 6565/7425
+44 (020) 3486 2626


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Information for new students

Arriving September 2015.

(Please note: the following information is subject to change. Please revisit this page closer to Welcome Week for the confirmed dates and times of orientation sessions.)

Welcome Letter and Attachments

Letter sent to all MSc Development Studies, MSc Development Management, MSc International Development and Humanitarian Emergencies, MSc African Development students 2015-2016 (PDF format)

  • Preliminary reading list for MSc Development Studies students.
    (PDF format)
  • Preliminary reading list for MSc Development Management students.
    (PDF format)
  • Preliminary reading list for MSc International Development and Humanitarian Emergencies students.
    (PDF format)
  • Preliminary reading list for MSc African Development students.
    (PDF format)

Introduction to Economics

Please note that the International Development pre-sessional economics course will run on Monday 21st September, 10.30-12.30 and 14:00-17:00 in the Old Theatre, and Tuesday 22nd September 14:00-17.00 in the Sheikh Zayed Theatre.

(See Maps and directions.)

The course is aimed at introducing students with no or little economics background to basic concepts. If you have studied economics to A-level or above, then this is not for you.

Note: this is NOT the same as EC400 which is a month long pre-sessional economics course run by the Department of Economics primarily for their students.

Please complete the following form for registration to the pre-sessional economics workshop

International Development MSc Student Guide

The student guide contains a host of information and will be a great companion throughout the year. (Updated version to follow.)


All new and continuing students must register for their degree programme. (Please visit Programme Registration for more information.) Official LSE registration takes place in the Peacock Theatre (TBC) at the following times:

Tuesday 22nd September

  • MSc African Development (10.30-12.00)
  • MSc Development Studies (10.30-12.00)
  • MSc Development Management (10.30-12.00)
  • MSc International Development and Humanitarian Emergencies (10.30-12.00)
  • MSc Anthropology and Development (TBC)
  • MSc Anthropology and Development Management (TBC)
  • MSc Environment and Development (TBC)
  • MSc Urbanisation and Development  (TBC)
  • MSc Political Economy of Late Development (TBC)
  • MSc Population and Development (TBC)

New students should bring some form of photographic identification (e.g. passport). New graduate students should also bring any documents that they have not yet provided (e.g. transcripts of results from first degrees).

Any changes will be notified on the Graduate Programme Registration page. Details of registration for second year part-time students can be found via 'Current Students'.



Orientation Schedule

International Development's departmental orientation schedule, including inductions and taster sessions, is available at Timetable for Orientation week.

Inductions to International Development MSc courses will take place on Thursday 24 September. We are also running a series of taster sessions on the afternoon of Friday 25th September (times & topics to be confirmed).

It is also important that you view the School Orientation Information.

Where is International Development?

International Development staff are based on floors six to eight of Connaught House. The administrators are located in Room 8.16 (eighth floor). Please see the map of LSE buildings at Finding your way around LSE.

Programmes and Courses

The Graduate course and programme information contains the latest changes and everything you need to know about choosing and changing your degree programmes, courses and classes. (Calendar)

Allocation of Academic Advisers

Academic advisers will be assigned during the first week of the Michaelmas Term. International Development has an open door policy (students can sign up to speak with any member of staff). Students are encouraged to make use of  this from the fourth week of Michaelmas Term.

Please note that advisers may change from one term to the next, depending on the availability of staff who may be on sabbatical or research leave.

Accessing the LSE IT network

To access IT facilities at LSE you need a username and password. There are two way to obtain your details:

  • Before arriving at LSE - via the 'LSE for You' webpage.
  • After arriving at LSE - by following the instructions on the 'How to obtain your computer account' leaflet available on campus.

Programme contacts 

MSc Development Management
Lucy Pickles (l.pickles@lse.ac.uk)

MSc Development Studies
To be confirmed.

MSc International Development and Humanitarian Emergencies
Dru Daley-Nelson (d.daley@lse.ac.uk)

MSc African Development
Keith McDonald (k.mcdonald@lse.ac.uk)

For MPhil / PhD students

Registration for International Development MPhil / PhD students: details to be confirmed here >>

The International Development MPhil/PhD Induction meeting will be held on Friday 25th September 2015, 11.00-14.30, in room TW2.301.

The research students guide will be a great companion as it contains invaluable information on the structure of the programme.

Cumberland Lodge

International Development students have the opportunity to attend a workshop at Cumberland Lodge, Windsor Great Park. The MSc Development Management retreat is normally held in November, while the MSc Development Studies and MSc International Development and Humanitarian Emergencies retreat is normally held in January.

Visit the department's Cumberland Lodge page for more details.


Please note that the International Development department has no involvement with fees. Please contact the Fees Office if you have any queries.

Disability Office Induction

Information on disabilities is available here, while welcome events information will be updated during July at this page.

Language Centre

While you will have met our English language proficiency requirements, you may still be in need of ongoing language support to meet the challenges of postgraduate study. The Language Centre offers subject-specific support, for which you have to enrol. You are urged to take full advantage of these services early in the academic year. The centre also offers self-study facilities in the Language Showroom.

For further details go to: http://www2.lse.ac.uk/language/EnglishProgrammes/EnglishHome.aspx.

In addition to scheduled courses, the Language Centre also offers one-to-one and private group tuition, proofreading, translation and authentication services. Learning Support is available to everyone registered on a course as well as any LSE students who might need advice on any aspect of independent study.

For details about foreign language courses, go to: http://www.lse.ac.uk/Depts/language/modernforeignlanguages.htm.