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What do LSE International Development graduates do?

In 2013/14, six months after graduating, 95% of International Development leavers were in employment, completing further study or taking time out just six months after graduation. Using the skills and knowledge acquired during their studies at LSE to pursue careers in:

  • Consultancy
  • International Development
  • NGOs and Charities

The average starting salary of graduates from International Development in 2013/14 was £29,100.

To find out more about LSE graduate destinations by specific International Development degree programmes,  see  graduate destinations by course.

Graduate profiles

These are detailed profiles exploring why LSE graduates initially chose to study with us as well as giving each graduate the opportunity to relive their LSE experience and fill us in on how their career has developed since graduation. We are grateful to all LSE graduates who have taken the time to complete our Graduate Profile Questionnaire in order to produce these profiles.

Christian Spano

MSc in Development Studies, 2009 Global Lead for Enterprise Development, Anglo American plc.

Eric Lightfoot

MSc International Development, 2011 Account Executive, BMC Software

Lindsey Moore

MSc Development Studies, 2009 Economist, Foreign Service Officer (Diplomat), USAID

Nick Williams

Master's in Human Rights, 2008Legal Counsel, Amnesty International (International Secretariat)

Shania Hassan

MSc in Development Studies, 2011Consultant, United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN ESCAP)

Sina Hbous

MSc Development Studies (Research), 2009Founding Member and Resource Mobilization Director, MAWARED Foundation

Employability skills

Studying within the Department of International Development you will have the opportunity to develop specific subject knowledge alongside a set of highly valuable and transferable employability skills, including

  • Cross-cultural awareness: an understanding of different cultures and the ability to see the world from alternative viewpoints
  • Application of theoretical frameworks
  • Comprehensive research skills: exercising the ability to think across different disciplines, drawing on an extensive range of source materials and critically evaluating data
  • Strong reasoning skills:
  • Clear and independent thinking