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MSc African Development

About the MSc programme

The MSc African Development programme aims to provide students with a high quality academic introduction to the study of politics, economic development and economic policy in Africa. The programme employs political economy approaches to understand the variegated national trajectories of African states, regionalism and localism in politics and economics, and the political and economic forces that shape Africa's insertion into the global economy.

The objective of the programme is to track the causes and effects of the shifts in development theory and practice since the mid-twentieth century. These have exerted powerful effects on public policy in Africa. A focus on specific events and places within the continent will be set within the global context of institutional, environmental and technological transformations shaping Africa's future.

In addition to compulsory courses introducing African political economy and development policy, you will take a broad range of courses on topics including health, humanitarianism and development.

Programme details

You can find the most up-to-date list of optional courses for MSc African Development in the Programme Regulations section of the current School Calendar.

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Graduate destinations

Many LSE International Development students go on to pursue PhDs in related disciplines, and we anticipate that many African Development students will follow this path. We also expect that African Development MSc students, like other International Development students, will find opportunities in international aid agencies, NGOs, government agencies, the media, and research positions that allow them to employ the skills gained on the African Development degree programme.



Application code: L8UA (check availability)

Start date: 21 September 2017

Duration: 12 months full-time; 24 months part-time

Minimum entry requirement:  2:1 degree or equivalent in any discipline (see entry requirements)

English requirement: Standard (see English requirements)

GRE/GMAT requirement: None

Fee level: UK/EU £13,008 (provisional EU); overseas £20,112 

Financial support: Graduate Support Scheme
(see Financial support)

Application deadline: None – rolling admissions

Intake/applications in 2016: 36/172