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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 2014

Welcome letter and attachments

Letter sent To all MSc Development Studies, MSc Development Management, MSc International Development and Humanitarian Emergencies, MSc African Development students 2014-2015 (PDF format) |

Preliminary reading list for MSc Development Studies/Research 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 International Development's Pre-sessional Economics course runs on Monday 29th September 10.30-17.00 (room CLM,3.02) and Tuesday 30th September r 13.00-17.00 (room NAB.LG.08). 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. 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

ID MSc Student Guide

The student guide contains a host of information and will be a great companion throughout the year. MSc Student Guide|


Official LSE registration takes place in the Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House on the following:

Monday 29th September

  • MSc African Development (09.30-10.30am)
  • MSc Development Studies (09.30-10.30am)
  • MSc Development Studies (Research) (09.30-10.30am)
  • MSc Development Management (09.30-10.30am)
  • MSc International Development and Humanitarian Emergencies (09.30-10.30am)
  • MSc Anthropology and Development (13.30 - 14.30)
  • MSc Anthropology and Development Management (13.30 - 14.30)

Tuesday 30th September

  • MSc Environment and Development (09.30 - 10.30)
  • MSc Urbanisation and Development  (09.30 - 10.30)

Wednesday 1st October

  • MSc Political Economy of Late Development (09.30 - 10.30)
  • MSc Population and Development (14.30 - 15.30)

New students should bring some form of photographic identification (for example passport). New graduate students should also bring any documents that they have not yet provided (for example transcript of results).

Any changes will be notified on the LSE registration information page at Registration 2014 (graduate students)|. Details of registration for  second year part-time students can be found in Section 2.


Orientation Schedule

International Development only Orientation schedule is available at Timetable for Orientation week| (PDF format). We are also running a series of Taster Sessions on the afternoon of Friday 3rd October (times & topics to be confirmed).

Link to the School Orientation Information|. It is important that you view this link.

Where is International Development?

International Development staff are mainly on the 7th and 8th floors of Connaught House, with a few on the 6th floor. The administrators are in Room H816, on the 8th floor. Please see the map of LSE buildings at Finding your way around LSE|.

Programmes and Courses

The Graduate course and programme information 2014/15 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 4th 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 ways you could have obtained this, i.e. before arriving at LSE via LSE for You web page or after arriving by following the instructions given on the leaflet How to obtain your computer account at the campus.

Programme contacts 

MSc African Development - to be confirmed

MSc Development Studies - Sarah Edmonds (s.edmonds@lse.ac.uk)|

MSc Development Management - to be confirmed

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

For MPhil/Phd students

Registration for International Development MPhil/PhD students - to be confirmed.

The International Development MPhil/PhD Induction meeting will be held on Friday 3rd October 2014, 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. (To follow)

Cumberland Lodge

International Development students have the opportunity to attend a workshop at Cumberland Lodge|, Windsor.  MSc Development Management will be held in November and MSc Development Studies, MSc Development Studies (Research) & MSc International Development and Humanitarian Emergencies will be held in January.


Please note that the International Development Department do not have anything to do with fees. Please contact the Fees Office| if you have any queries

Disability Office Induction

Language Centre

While you will have met our rather stringent standards for performance on English language tests, you may still be in need of language support to meet the challenges of post-graduate studies. The Language Centre offers subject-specific support for which you have to enrol. You are urged to take full advantage of their services early in the academic year. They also offer 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 1-2-1 and private group tuition, proofreading, translation and authentication services in all the languages taught. Learning Support is available to all those registered on a course as well as any LSE students who might need advice on aspects of self study.

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

Orientation timetable
new students