London School of Economics and Political Science

London School of Economics and Political Science

MSc Development Studies


Houghton Street

London, England

United Kingdom

Program Information

Degrees Offered:

M.Sc.-Development Studies; M.Sc.-Development Studies (Research)

Format: Campus

Program Description:

These programmes are based in the Development Studies Institute and offer the following benefits: A high quality academic training in development studies, examining the importance of contemporary theory in the social sciences for the policy and practice of development. A wide range of choice in optional courses within the School so that you can deepen or widen your disciplinary training, or take up the advanced study of a particular region of the developing world. Flexibility of dissertation topics in the MSc Development Studies allows you to shape your studies to your needs. DESTIN brings together an exciting group of European and international students with a diversity of academic and professional backgrounds who have gone on to establish an international alumni network involved in development research and practice. Recent graduates have gained employment in government, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), international firms and banks, or have gone on to obtain PhDs in development studies or other social science disciplines. The research programme offers you a choice of courses for advanced training in research methodology through LSE's Methodology Institute (see Methodology Institute), including both qualitative and quantitative elements. Compulsory course in Development: Theory, History and Policy; component course in Philosophical and Methodological Issues in Development Research; Foundations of Social Research (compulsory course for the Research track). Options from the following subject areas: development studies, anthropology, economic history, economics, gender, geography and environment, government, information systems, international relations, law, population studies, social policy. 10,000-word dissertation.

International Student Requirements:

IELTS 7.0 or TOEFL 627.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: No

International Financial Aid: No

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