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MSc Political Economy of Late Development


Drawing on the research expertise and practical experience of the Department of Economic History and the Department of International Development, this joint programme provides you with a unique opportunity to combine the study of the processes, policy and practice of contemporary development with the study of long-run global processes of growth and divergence.

How societies overcome poverty to create healthy, wealthy and sustainable societies - and why some persistently fail to achieve this - are common questions in Development Studies and Economic History.  By combining courses from both fields, you will pursue a high quality programme that combines the in-depth analysis of longer-run historical patterns of growth, explorations of concrete development problems - and policy responses to them, and 'regiona;' courses that draw on theory and empirical evidence to appraise long and short-run development processes and outcomes in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

Student Profile

The programme brings together students from diverse academic and professional backgrounds.  It is relevant for students planning a career in development work, including international and national agencies and NGOs, as well as international business.  The programme also provides a good foundation for doctoral level social science research and careers in the media.

Teaching and Learning

The programme brings together the analysis of long-run growth with modern approaches to development policy and practice.  The full-unit core course in Development introduces you to the theories and historical experience of development, as well as cutting-edge policy debates.  The core course in Economic History gives you a rigorous exposure to core issues involved in analysing long-run historical change.  You will choose from a wide range of elective courses in both departments, allowing you to compile a programme according to your interests and goals, and will write a dissertation on an approved topic of your choice.


Entry Requirements

 The minimum entry requirement for the MSc Economic History programme is an Upper second class honours (2:1) degree or equivalent in a social science.

Competition for places at the School is high. This means that even if you meet our minimum entry requirement, this does not guarantee you an offer of admission.

If you have studied or are studying outside of the UK, please consult the Information for International Students

Programme Structure

Full year programme. Students must take courses to the value of four full units, including a half-unit or full-unit dissertation.

Part Time students should take 2 units in both years of their programme. Minor adjustments to this course load may be permitted depending on which dissertation is chosen. EH401 and DV400 must be taken in Y1 of the programme.

(0.5 = Half unit)
(N/A = not available)

Paper 1

EH401 Historical Analysis of Economic Change (0.5)

Paper 2

DV400 Development: History, Theory and Policy

Paper 3

Courses to the value of 1.0 unit from the following:

Economic History courses

International Development courses

Paper 4

EH498 Dissertation (0.5)

And courses to the value of 1.0 unit from the following

Economic History courses

International Development courses


EH499 Research Dissertation

And courses to the value of 0.5 units from the following

Economic History courses

International Development courses

We advise that, where possible, you split your options equitably across the two departments. 

We advise that students who wish to take EH499 instead of EH498 should do so with the approval of their academic advisor.

Please note: students following this programme will not be allowed to request a place on DV431, DV442, or DV453.

Course Videos

Course videos can be found here.

Programme and School Regulations

Please see the LSE Calendar for full information on programme and school regulations.

MSc Political Economy of Late Development Handbook

You can access the MSc Political Economy of Late Development handbook for 2023/24 here.

 Further Information

How to Apply

How to apply to a Graduate programme at LSE.

Full details on the MSc Political Economy of Late Development programme, including fees information, can be found here.

Financial Support

Please contact the Financial Support Office for more information.

Key Contacts

MSc Programmes Director: Professor Olivier Accominotti

MSc Programmes Officer: Oli Harrison

You can find more information about the profiles of faculty, teaching fellows and graduate teaching assistants in the People section of our webpages.

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Contact us


Professor Olivier Accominotti +44 (0)20 7955 6773

Mr Oli Harrison (MSc Programmes Officer) +44 (0)20 7955 7046


Professor Olivier Accominotti

Mr Oli Harrison


Economic History Department, London School of Economics and Political Science