London School of Economics and Political Science

London School of Economics and Political Science

MSc Social Policy and Development


Houghton Street

London, England

United Kingdom

Program Information

Degrees Offered:

M.Sc.-Social Policy and Development

Format: Campus

Program Description:

This programme is aimed primarily at participants from or working in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the post-communist societies. Currently about two thirds of students come from these regions and in a typical year we have representatives from 25 or more different countries. Some course participants are development professionals from central planning ministries and sectoral social service ministries such as education, rural development, housing, social security and social work services, while others are drawn from northern and southern non-governmental development organisations (NGOs) such as Oxfam, Action Aid, Christian Aid, Medecins sans Frontieres and Save the Children Fund. We also have students who are representatives of multilateral aid bodies such as the World Bank, UNDP, UNEP, UNICEF, UNHCR, the WHO, ILO and IPPF. The course is also suitable for development policy researchers in institutions of higher education and think tanks. Compulsory course: Social Policy and Development. Choose options to the value of two full units from the following: NGOs and Development; Urbanisation and Social Planning; Social Planning for Rural Development; Foundations of Health Policy; Globalisation and Social Policy; Health and Population in Developing and Transitional Societies; Demography of the Developing World; Basic Education for Social Development. 10,000-word dissertation on a topic in the field of social policy and planning in developing countries.

International Student Requirements:

IELTS 6.5 or TOEFL 603
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