You will take the compulsory courses Key Issues in Development Studies and Key Issues in Global Health and Development, and will choose two courses focusing on health and development. You will also choose further optional courses from a wide range, either within International Development or from other departments and institutes within the School such as Geography and Environment, Health Policy, Social Policy and Psychological and Behavioural Science.
In addition, you will complete an unassessed course on the research process, in preparation for the dissertation, an independent research project on an approved international development topic of your choice.
(* denotes half unit)
Key Issues in Development Studies*
Provides an overview of the key issues and debates in international development, featuring lectures from leading LSE experts on subjects such as climate change, conflict, poverty, the financial crisis, demography and democratisation, among other topics.
Key Issues in Global Health and Development*
Provides an up-to-date and comprehensive account of demographic change and population trends in lower income countries by looking at recent changes in fertility, mortality and migration.
Research Design and Dissertation in International Development
Combines a dissertation (an independent research project of 10,000 words on an approved topic of your choice within health and development studies) with supporting lectures on research methods and the use of research in development practice.
Cutting Edge Issues in Development Thinking and Practice (unassessed)
This non-assessed course introduces students to the practical world of development which will facilitate their career paths and prepare them for the consultancy project, and introduce students to the interface between policy practice and development academia.
Fundamentals of Research Design for International Development (unassessed)
Introduces MSc students in the Department of International Development to theoretical and practical foundations of social science research design.
Courses to the value of one unit from a range of options
Population and Development: An Analytic Approach*
Examines different analytic approaches to the main interrelationships between population change and socio-economic development.
Population, Health and Development: Evidence and Projections*
Overviews key methods used for planning in population and development.
Sexual and Reproductive Health Programmes: Design, Implementation and Evaluation*
Deals with the effectiveness of sexual and reproductive health programmes, especially those that deliver services.
Research Methods for Evaluation in Health, Development and Public Policy*
Aims to equip students with the methodological knowledge and research skills to be able to design and critically appraise evaluation research.
Key Population Health Issues in Low and Medium-Income Countries*
Looks at the relationship of population change and global health, and follows a multidisciplinary approach by integrating demography, public health and epidemiology.
Critical Perspectives on Global Health and Development*
Concerned with inter-relationships between challenges to human health and health systems in the developing world and their socio-economic, cultural, historic and political context.
You can find the most up-to-date list of optional courses in the Programme Regulations section of the current School Calendar.
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