London School of Economics and Political Science

London School of Economics and Political Science

MSc Political Economy of Late Development


Houghton Street

London, England

United Kingdom

Program Information

Degrees Offered:

M.Sc.-Political Economy of Late Development

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The MSc Political Economy of Late Development offers students an opportunity to integrate two related fields of study that draw on the breadth of research expertise and practical experience in the Department of Economic History and the Development Studies Institute. It provides a unique set of courses that combine conceptual approaches to development, empirical analyses of patterns of growth in Africa, Asia and Latin America, and key themes in development. The intellectual objectives of the degree derive from increasing interest in the recent economic history of late developing economies and their differing growth trajectories. The programme is primarily intended for students planning a career in development work, and provides a good foundation for social science research in development. The programme uses techniques of long-run growth analysis to inform modern approaches to development policy and practice. It provides a comparative assessment of current development debates, and locates them in appropriate historical and theoretical contexts. Courses consider the origin and outcomes of patterns of growth in various parts of the world, policy responses to differing growth outcomes, and assumptions underpinning policy interventions. The programme also seeks to explain how and when some developing economies ‘converged’ with industrialised countries, while the growth performance of others was more erratic, and why problems of poverty, inequality, instability and violence still characterise large parts of the world. The degree is a twelve-month programme, consisting of two core units, a dissertation, and optional courses to the value of two full units selected from the prescribed list. The core elements are Development: Theory, History and Policy and Theories, Paths and Patterns of Late Development, to which the dissertation is linked. In choosing options, students must select an equivalent of one full DESTIN unit and one full Economic History unit.

International Student Requirements:

IELTS 7.0 or TOEFL 603
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