London School of Economics and Political Science

London School of Economics and Political Science

MSc Local Economic Development


Houghton Street

London, England

United Kingdom

Program Information

Degrees Offered:

M.Sc.-Local Economic Development

Format: Campus

Program Description:

In recent years, rapid changes in technology and information, industrial restructuring and integration have been radically realigning production structures. There has also been a drive towards the globalisation of the world economy. World trade has expanded at twice the rate of output and national governments have been rethinking their protectionist policies to participate in the new global markets. In this context, local and regional economies increasingly need new responses and demand specialist skills to work with the change, and exploit the opportunities it offers. This programme focuses on the variety of ways in which local and regional agencies can work with the private sector in order to stimulate local economies. You will also develop an understanding of the local, national and international trends in business organisation, and a knowledge of the variety of local agents involved. The course emphasises management issues of local capacity building, attracting investment, network building, infrastructure, human resources, and focuses as well on the rationale and impact of regional and local development policies and on the role of institutions. Compulsory courses in Local Economic Development; Globalisation, Regional Development and Policy or Local Economic Development; Dissertation. Options to the value of one and a half units from: Regionalism and Economic Integration on South East Europe; Environmental Regulation: Implementing Policy; Gender, Work and Urbanisation; Urban Policy and Practice in the South; Geographical Aspects of Regional and Urban Planning; Cultural and Creative Industries; Globalisation and Social Change: A Gender Perspective; Concepts in Environmental Regulation; Globalisation: Cities, Immigration, States; Quantitative Analysis II: the Generalised Linear Model.

International Student Requirements:

IELTS 6.5 or TOEFL 603
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