This programme is in principle open to all students independent of their first degree, but preferably within the social sciences. You should usually have the equivalent of at least a high upper second class honours or, in American terminology, a 3.5 grade point average. We will consider appropriate work experience in addition to sound academic background.
It is intended for those with a primary interest in the linkage between environment and development, a topic that has become more and more important in recent years. It provides students with a rigorous training in the social science dimensions of environmental policy, management and evaluation within a developing country context. Both environment and development studies are multi-disciplinary by nature, and the programme seeks to integrate key concepts and perspectives from a range of core social science disciplines. The aim is to provide students with an understanding of the issues involved in sustainable development both from a theoretical and practical perspective.
Teaching is mainly through lectures and graduate level seminars. It is possible to study this course part-time over two years. You will be assessed on a combination of unseen examinations and research essays depending on the courses taken.
Compulsory course in Sustainability: Economy, Business and Technology; choices from a range of options offered by the Development Studies Institute and Department of Geography and Environment; option for 10,000-word dissertation. See LSE prospectus for further details.