2:1 in social science or humanities.
Months of entry
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 Department of International Development. 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 Department of International Development unit and one full economic history unit.
Information for international students
IELTS 7.0 or internet-based TOEFL 107.
Fees and funding
LSE Graduate Support Scheme.
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
- Student Recruitment Office
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