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MSc Social Policy and Development (Non-Governmental Organisations)

  • Do you want to know more about how NGOs work in the field of international development?
  • Are you interested in issues of civil society, global social transformation, development and social justice?
  • Do you want to know how to improve your own NGO's performance?

Since 1995, the LSE has provided innovative postgraduate training for those working with, or interested in, the world of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and development.

Today, the NGO sector needs to be able to assess and develop its roles and it requires a new level of expertise to meet the increasingly complex goals of development and relief work. NGOs are now being expected to deliver projects and programmes more and more effectively as well as to contribute to a healthy 'civil society'.

From 2012-13, we are upgrading our provision with the launch of the new MSc Social Policy and Development: Non-Governmental Organisations. The degree is taught by a team of leading researchers in the field, each of whom has both research and hands on policy experience.

Located in the LSE's Department of Social Policy (rated the UK's top department in the Research Assessment Exercise), the new MSc Degree focuses on key issues such as the changing context of development policy, NGO organizational issues and the theory and practice of civil society.

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.



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