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What do LSE International Development graduates do?

In 2011/12, six month after graduating, 91.7% of International Development leavers were in employment, completing further study or taking time out just six months after graduation. 80% went solely into work, using the skills and knowledge acquired during their studies at LSE to pursue careers in:

  • regional and national government
  • non-governmental and development organisations
  • charitable organisations and trusts
  • think tanks and research institutions
  • international organisations such as the UN
  • consultancies and other private sector organisations working in the developing world

The average starting salary of graduates from International Development in 2011/12 was £34,400.

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.

Employability skills

Studying within Development Studies Institute 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
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