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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 in the MSc in Population and Development 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.

Please refer to the Calendar for programme regulations.
Please refer to the Graduate Prospectus entry for the list of compulsory courses and options available to the programme.

Please refer to the Department Index of courses for information about course suspension, withdrawal and capping (limited places) as it becomes available.

All taught courses in the Department of Social Policy are 'capped'. This means that there are a fixed number of places available. In the first instance, priority for acceptance onto a course is given to students of the Department. The Department is unable to guarantee that a place will be offered on a course unless it is a compulsory element of a programme of study.




 Dr Ernestina Coast


Programme Director

Dr Ernestina Coast
Associate Professor


Angela Fitzgerald

Programme Administrator

Angela Fitzgerald





Department of International Development
The MSc Population and Development is a joint degree with the Department of International Development.

Population Investigation Committee

PIC Masters Studentship Scheme in Population Studies


The Programme for African Leadership Scholarship Funds

The Programme for African Leadership (PfAL) at the London School of Economics and Political Science is delighted to announce it is making available scholarship funds for bright African students applying to the MSc Population and Development Programme for the upcoming 2016/17 academic year.


Population at LSE
Population at LSE acts as a portal to population studies at LSE, bringing together information on population activities from all departments, including both research and study.