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Graduate Programmes


LSE has maintained its position as one of the top universities in the world for Development Studies.

The Department of International Development currently offers four taught MSc programmes. Students in these 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 working in the developing world.

LSE has maintained its position as one of the top universities in the world for Development Studies.

MSc Development Management

MSc Development Managment provides students with the understanding of how to create self-sustaining institutions that liberate societies from low-level deprivation traps by increasing productivity, freedom, and cooperative interdependence.

MSc Development Studies

The MSc in Development Studies provides you with high-quality academic training in development studies, using contemporary theory in the social sciences to understand the processes, policy and practice of 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. The programme will help you to understand the complex relationships between health and poverty/inequality in and across low and middle income countries. 

MSc International Development and Humanitarian Emergencies

The MSc in International Development and Humanitarian Emergencies provides students with the understanding in 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.

 

Specialisms  

Students who choose to concentrate their electives and dissertation in a certain topic area may elect to have a specialism in "African Development”, “Population Studies” or "Applied Development Economics" attached to their degree certificate and transcript. To obtain the specialism indication, students must meet the criteria below.

African Development: students must take African Development (DV418) and African Political Economy (DV435). Further to this, their dissertation topic must be approved as being appropriate for this specialism.

Population Studies: students must take the following two courses: Population and Development: Global Health and Population Change (DV444); and Population, Health and Development: Evidence and Projections (DV456). Further to this, their dissertation topic must be approved as being appropriate for this specialism.

Applied Development Economics: students must take at least two of the following three courses: Economic Development Policy I (DV490), Economic Development Policy II (DV491 - not running in 2021/22) and Economic Development Policy III (DV492). Further to this, their dissertation topic must be approved as being appropriate for this specialism.

 

We also offer six additional degrees jointly with other departments and institutes.

Please note that queries about the joint degree programmes should be addressed to the other host department which is responsible for administration and not to International Development.