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MSc Political Economy of Late Development

About the MSc programme

Drawing on the research expertise and practical experience of the Department of Economic History and the  Department of International Development this integrated programme uses techniques of long-run growth analysis to inform modern approaches to development policy and practice.

The programme combines in-depth analyses of historical patterns of growth, explorations of concrete development problems – and policy responses to them - and regional courses that draw on theory and empirical evidence to appraise development processes and outcomes in Africa, Asia and Latin America. It provides an integrated, comparative assessment of current development debates, and locates them in appropriate historical and theoretical contexts.

You will consider questions such as how and when some developing economies “converged” with industrialised countries, while the growth performance of others was more erratic, and why problems of poverty, inequality, instability and violence still characterise large parts of the world.

This will be an ideal programme for students planning a career in development work. It will also provide a good foundation for social science research in the development field.

Programme details

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

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Graduate destinations

The programme is primarily intended for students planning a career in development work, and provides a good foundation for social science research in development.

lse.ac.uk/internationalDevelopment; lse.ac.uk/economicHistory

Application code: V3UC (check availability)

Start date: 21 September 2017

Duration: 12 months full-time only

Minimum entry requirement: 2:1 degree or equivalent in social science or humanities (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: 14/87