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MSc anthropology and development

This MSc will help you to develop a good understanding of classical social theory and modern anthropological theory, with reference to a range of theoretical issues, including those of development and social change, and in relation to appropriate ethnography. You will gain a good understanding of the history of development policy and practice and their theoretical underpinnings, and of the ways in which these are illuminated by anthropology.

Though the programme is not a course in 'applied anthropology', it will be of use if you are planning a career in development work. It also provides a good foundation for anthropological research on problems connected with development, or on political economy more generally.

You take two compulsory core courses (one in anthropology and one in development), an optional course to the value of one unit, and complete an essay (dissertation) to be submitted by mid-September. The programme is intended for graduates with a good first degree in any discipline and who can demonstrate a genuine interest in anthropology and development.

MSc environment and development

The field of environment and development has become increasingly important in terms of both theory and policy. It is widely recognised that a multi-disciplinary approach towards these important topics is needed.

The MSc in Environment and Development will enable students to acquire the necessary training to work in the field of environment and development. Training will come from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds, but all within a distinctive social science framework. It will enable participants to gain a deeper understanding of the way environmental degradation and low levels of development are linked together; and analyse more meaningful policies that aspire to make economic development more environmentally sound and ultimately sustainable.

Former graduates of the MSc have entered a wide variety of employment opportunities in the public sector, international organisations, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), research, consultancy and firms.

MSc gender, development and globalisation

This MSc was introduced in order to provide a global perspective for analysing the gendering of social processes. It analyses the complex patterns of power, privilege and wealth that remain deeply uneven but have become increasingly complex as social class cuts across national boundaries, making the north-south divide a metaphor for rich and poor rather than a reference to specific geographical locations.

The degree reflects the increasing interest of national, international and supranational institutions in questions of gender inequality and seeks to provide students with a thorough knowledge of issues prominent in these debates, including processes leading to inequality, the feminisation of poverty, gender mainstreaming women's empowerment, reproductive health, value chains and care chains. The distinctiveness of the programme is the attention it gives to the theoretical analysis of gender. This we believe to be crucial in terms of equipping students with the skills necessary to critically appraise existing programmes for gender equality.

MSc health, community and development

This course explores the role of various forms of participation, grassroots social development programmes and small-scale collective action in public health and health promotion. Located in the Department of Psychological and Behavioural Science, it pays particular attention to the psycho-social processes underlying the impact of collective action on health, and the mechanisms through which social development approaches have the potential to lead not only to improved health, but also to transformative social action.

  • MSc Health, Community and Development (Withdrawn, December 2014)

MSc health, population and society

This programme intends to provide state-of-the-art training for population and health issues, both substantive and policy-related.

In the last 50 years the improvements in health have been dramatic in both developed and developing societies. As a result the average life expectancy of human populations increased rapidly. Western societies are being faced with an ageing population, in a new demographic regime of low mortality and low fertility. Their governments are faced with difficult decision-making on health expenditure and health reform to meet these demographic changes.

While some developing societies in Asia and Latin America are following this experience, most of sub-Saharan Africa is experiencing a mortality crisis as a result of the escalating HIV/ AIDS epidemic. What will be the future implications of health and mortality in this region? How will the population structure and growth be influenced? What will be the policies to avoid this epidemic and improve the health of these populations? These and many more questions will be dealt with in this new Master's programme.

It is difficult to separate the demographic and the health aspect and the policies that should respond to them. This is why the new programme sees population and health issues closely related to each other, as are the policies responding to them. This is a unique approach. The programme will meet the needs of both professionals and those who wish to pursue a research career. It represents a shift from the core interests in population and health to a multidimensional approach.

MSc health policy, planning and financing

This is one of the longest established graduate programmes in health policy worldwide, having been run jointly by LSE and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine for 20 years.

The overall aim of this programme is for students to develop their critical analysis of issues of health policy, planning and financing and to devise appropriate health policy responses. All countries face challenges in the health sector: relative resource shortages and increasing health care costs precipitated by expanding technology and demographic changes; the pursuit of effectiveness and efficiency in the delivery of health care; inequities in health and access to health care. These issues, which manifest themselves in low-, middle- and high-income countries alike, are addressed in the programme both conceptually and with reference to the experience of specific countries.

MSc human rights

The School offers an MSc in Human Rights coordinated and administered by the Centre for the Study of Human Rights. A genuinely multidisciplinary course, it provides a detailed analysis of the development of the human rights idea, its political and sociological contexts and its foundation in international and national law. The centre does not presently offer a PhD programme though there is a network for doctoral and other research students interested in human rights and this meets regularly.

MSc international health policy

In this programme, students analyse current and emerging health care problems and the range of health policies being developed to meet them internationally. The programme gives students the opportunity to examine important health policy issues through the application of basic health policy and economic principles.

A particular advantage of the MSc is that each cohort of students is highly international and from a diverse multi-disciplinary background. Professional destinations after graduation include consultancies, pharmaceutical companies, national health services, international organisations, and government departments and agencies as well as employment in research or further study for a PhD.

MSc local economic development

This programme draws upon the expertise of a group of LSE researchers who are key contributors to research and practice on regional and local economic development. We also invite regular contributions from external academics and practitioners.

In addition to gaining the MSc you will also have access to the Institution of Economic Development, the leading UK organisation for economic development practitioners.

MSc NGOs and development

This programme focuses on the work of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) within development and transition contexts in the areas of advocacy, humanitarian relief and service delivery. It examines the special roles of NGOs and the challenges they encounter, their relationships with other stakeholders (states, inter-governmental organisations, beneficiaries), the internal organisational challenges and the changing policy contexts in which NGOs operate.

The MSc is intended for people who are making, or who have the potential to make, a significant contribution to the non-governmental sector in the developing world as analysts, policy-makers, researchers or practitioners. Applicants will be expected to be well-qualified graduates with some experience of work within NGOs and/ or relevant government departments or donor agencies working with NGOs. Applications to the MSc from prospective students from developing and transition countries are particularly welcomed.

MSc population and development

This programme will bring you up-to-date with current international issues in the relationship between development and population. Issues debated include:

  • Is poverty the main cause of rapid population growth?
  • How can mass media be used effectively by reproductive health programmes?
  • What are the prospects for world agriculture to expand food production to meet a growing demand?
  • What role has the United Nations played in shaping and implementing policies on international migration and on refugees and displaced persons?
  • What are the likely impacts of HIV/ AIDS on society and economy in developing countries?
  • Is violence against women a reproductive health issue?
  • How and why does female education affect child survival?

The course will equip you with the skills to assess and understand contemporary and future issues of population and development. The content and structure of the course are designed to provide skills and knowledge to students looking for high level careers in public, private and voluntary agencies dealing with population and development issues at both the national and international levels. The approach is multi-perspective, addressing issues from theoretical, substantive and policy angles, and provides an exceptional overview of the inter-relationships between population and development.

MSc social policy and development

The programme aims to:

  • develop understanding of the theory and practice of social policy, planning and participation in developing countries;
  • allow deeper study in development policy areas of particular interest, through the choice of a wide range of optional courses and through writing an in-depth 10,000 word dissertation;
  • compare experience of social planning in a variety of countries and development institutions, drawing on the contrasting professional experience of course participants in seminars and workshops; and
  • develop analytical, organisational and planning skills, and enhance written and oral communication skills.

This programme is primarily aimed at participants from or working in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the post-communist societies.

Currently about two thirds of students come from these regions and in a typical year we have representatives from 25 or more different countries. Some course participants are development professionals from central planning ministries and sector social service ministries such as education, rural development, housing, social security and social work services, while others are drawn from northern and southern non-governmental development organisations (NGOs) such as Oxfam, Action Aid, Christian Aid, Médecins sans Frontières and Save the Children Fund.

We also have students who are representatives of multilateral aid bodies such as the World Bank, United Nations Development Programme, United Nations Environment Programme, United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), the World Health Organization, International Labour Organization and International Planned Parenthood Federation. The course is also suitable for development policy researchers in institutions of higher education and think tanks.

MSc urbanisation and development

The MSc offers students the opportunity to study key contemporary and historical issues that link urbanism and development processes from a social science perspective. The programme provides a conceptual and empirical basis from which to understand urban development 'problems' and critically evaluate prescribed 'solutions'. Students will develop a theoretical understanding of both urban and development issues, including the way mainstream thinking has changed over time, and how these theories combine and conflict with policy and practice.

The programme is wide-ranging, and considers problems, policies and outcomes in cities in sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America, south-east Asia and the Middle East, from economic, social, political and cultural perspectives, as well as international and local scales.