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Master's Programmes

Courses to help you understand, navigate and influence global health 

Global health questions will typically not fall under a single disciplinary heading. Rather the best ways to understand, or improve, global health issues will often require strategic engagement with concepts and methods from a variety of sources.

Professor Ken Shadlen, Head of Department, Department of International Development

LSE offers unique interdisciplinary opportunities to further your studies in global health at a university with a worldwide academic reputation. Students in our graduate programmes come from all over the world and upon graduation have successfully found employment in a wide variety of government, non-government, UN, academic, and private sector organisations. 

The main differences between the MSc programmes are: the types of countries which the programmes focus on (high-income versus low-income), which affects the courses undertaken; the facilitation of dissertation placements; and the opportunity to study across institutions such as the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine or Sciences Po. The information on this page summarises all the Master's programmes LSE offers with relation to global health and relevant scholarship information. Programmes are organised within the host Department. 


Current programmes offered in 2021/2022 academic year:

Department of Gender Studies

MSc Gender (Sexuality)

The MSc Gender is a flexible degree which offers you the opportunity to develop expertise in the fullest possible range of gender theories, and stresses the significance of gender for knowledge and research design.

You are trained in how to treat gender as an object of study, as an analytic approach or perspective and as a way of thinking across disciplinary boundaries. A key focus of the degree concerns the ethical as well as intellectual issues that arise from practicing gender studies. In addition to the compulsory courses of the degree, you are able to choose from the fullest range of options, from within and outside of the Institute, in order to develop your own gender studies pathway and focus on key research areas.


MSc Gender, Policy and Inequalities 

The MSc Gender, Policy and Inequalities provides advanced study in the application of gender theory to social policy, planning and practice, with an interdisciplinary approach. It aims to give you a grounded understanding of the concepts and theories relevant to a gender analysis of social policy in a global and comparative context, with an emphasis on the issues facing either less economically developed or European countries. The teaching focuses on stimulating independent thought on gender and gender inequalities. 


MSc Gender, Development and Globalisation 

This distinctive interdisciplinary programme focuses on integrating the theoretical analysis of gender with questions of globalisation and development.

The programme aims to provide a firm understanding of economic and social processes that shape the contemporary global world and their gendered outcomes. It considers diverse analytical tools and theoretical approaches for the analysis of development and globalisation from a uniquely gendered perspective.


MSc Gender, Peace and Security

This unique, multidisciplinary programme is concerned with the ways in which women and gender are understood in relation to, and affected by, regional, national and global peace and security processes in conflict and post-conflict settings.

Located in the Department of Gender Studies, you will fully participate in the academic and social life of the Department and also benefit from exposure to LSE’s diverse community of researchers. In addition to your academic study, you will benefit from LSE’s lively public events programme. The MSc will make use of critical gender theory and empirical research that are international and transnational in scope, and will draw on interdisciplinary texts and perspectives from theory, policy, and practice.

Department of Geography and Environment

MSc Environmental Economics and Climate Change

This programme aims to deliver a well-developed understanding of the economics, science and policies associated with climate change, as well as a broad foundation in environmental and resource economics. It delves into the conceptual economic foundations and the practical tools of analysis, including state-of-the-art quantitative methods.

In order to make climate change and environmental and resource issues central to the policy debate, it is also necessary to demonstrate the contribution that the environment makes to human well-being, and the serious economic and health effects of pollution.

Department of Health Policy

MSc Global Health Policy 

The MSc Global Health Policy draws on LSE's world leading strengths in politics and economics to analyse a range of global health policy issues. Engaging with both quantitative and qualitative methodologies, you will gain insights into a range of approaches to global health as you learn crucial skills in policy making, health economics, sociology, politics, demography and more. 


MSc Health Policy, Planning and Financing

The MSc Health Policy, Planning and Financing is a joint programme with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM). The programme teaches you to critically analyse issues in health policy, planning and financing and enables you to devise appropriate health policy responses.


MSc International Health Policy 

In the MSc International Health Policy programme, you analyse current and emerging health care problems and the range of health policies being developed to address them through the application of health policy and economic principles. You also learn to analyse health systems from an international and comparative perspective. 


MSc International Health Policy (Health Economics)

The MSc International Health Policy (Health Economics) is a stream of the MSc International Health Policy programme which allows you to study and specialise in advanced health economics. Using health economic principles you examine important health policy issues through application of the current literature and learned skills in statistical methods and econometrics as applied to the health field.

Department of International Development

MSc Health and International Development

The MSc Health and International Development programme explores the key issues and inter-relationships that exist between public health, global politics, and international development. Coronavirus [COVID-19] lays bare these interconnections and dependencies. Many of the challenges faced by international development policy makers are related to public health issues, and this programme will provide you with the skills needed to address and overcome these challenges. More information about the Wellcome Award MSc in Health and International Development scholarships is available here


MSc International Development and Humanitarian Emergencies

The MSc International Development and Humanitarian Emergencies programme focuses on understanding the dynamics of humanitarian and complex emergencies as well as providing a solid foundation in development issues such as poverty reduction, wealth creation and the expansion of human capabilities. 


LSE-Sciences Po Double Degree in the Political Economy of Development 

The Double Degree in this Political Economy of Development gives you the theory and practical tools to drive such transformations forward by enabling you to understand why some societies have succeeded and others have failed. 

A distinctive feature of the programme is the Development Management Project, a team-based consulting exercise for real-world, public, private, and non-profit organisations, such as the World Bank, Oxfam, PricewaterhouseCoopers, GIZ, CARE, DFID, Save the Children, UNICEF, or the Emerging Markets Group. 

Department of Methodology

MSc Social Research Methods

This programme draws on the range of expertise available within the Department, as well as related academic departments, in order to provide an advanced training in social research methodologies, combined with the opportunity to focus on a substantive social science area.

The syllabus for the MSc goes some way beyond the ESRC's requirements for the first year of a 1+3 PhD programme, and it is designed as training for doctoral research and as pre-professional training for careers in social research in the public and private sectors.

The MSc Social Research Methods (Population) is offered as a 1+3 PhD programme, in conjunction with the MPhil/PhD Demography/Population Studies.

Department of Philosophy Logic and Scientific Method

MSc Philosophy and Public Policy

The MSc Philosophy and Public Policy provides a solid foundation in the conceptual and normative questions underlying public policy formulation. LSE’s distinctive approach to philosophy and public policy is one in which philosophical analysis is continuous with the scientific study of political, social and economic problems. Topics span an enormous range of policy areas, including health care, development, social security and climate change. 

Department of Psychological and Behavioural Science

MSc Behavioural Science

The MSc Behavioural Science programme is a world leading master's degree which teaches you how to use behavioural science to change human behaviour in corporate and public environments. 

You will be taught in a multidisciplinary environment with links to specialist research groups based in departments across LSE and the Behavioural Research Lab, and undertake compulsory courses in the fundamentals of behavioural science and research methods. In addition, you will be able to choose from a range of optional courses within the Department and wider School (eg, Happiness; Corporate Behaviour and Decision Making; Behavioural Science for Health; Behavioural Science in an Age of New Technology; Creativity and Innovation). 

Department of Sociology

MSc Culture and Society 

The MSc Culture and Society gives you the opportunity to develop expertise in the social study of cultural processes. Its ethos emphasises tight integration of leading-edge cultural theory, innovative methodologies and attention to the most significant cultural trends and practices, globally and locally. For example, we study areas such as textual or visual analyses of cultural texts; ethnographies of culture and media industries; studies of urban space, design or city culture; consumption and consumer culture; multi-culturalism and ethnicity; gender and sexuality; class and cultural capital. 


MSc Inequalities and Social Science

The MSc Inequalities and Social Science is a comprehensive and wide-ranging programme, providing an introduction to a range of interdisciplinary approaches to the social scientific analysis of inequality.

As a result of dramatic economic and social changes over recent years, the study of inequality has rapidly developed as one of the most important areas of interdisciplinary social scientific study. This programme is associated with the LSE's International Inequalities Institute and includes expertise from leading academics in the Departments of Sociology, Anthropology, Economics, Geography, Government, Law, Social Policy, Media and Communications, Gender, and Statistics.


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