Taught course

Political Economy of Late Development

London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) · Department of Economic History

Entry requirements

Upper second class honours (2:1) degree or equivalent in social science or humanities.

Months of entry


Course content

About the MSc programme

Drawing in the research expertise and practical experience of the Department of Economic History and the Department of International Development, this joint programme provides you with a unique opportunity to combine the study of the processes, policy and practice of contemporary development with the study of long-run global processes of growth and divergence.

How societies overcome poverty to create healthy, wealthy and sustainable societies - and why some persistently fail to achieve this - are common questions in Development Studies and Economic History. By combining courses from both fields, you will pursue a high quality programme that combines the in-depth analysis of longer-run historical patterns of growth, explorations of concrete development problems - and policy responses to them, and 'regional' courses that draw on theory and empirical evidence to appraise long and short-run development processes and outcomes in Africa, Asia, and Latin America.

The programme brings together the analysis of long-run growth with modern approaches to development policy and practice. The full-unit core course in Development introduces you to the theories and historical experience of development, as well as cutting-edge policy debates. The core couse in Economic History gives you a rigorous exposure to core issues involved in analysing long-run historical change. You will choose from a wide range of elective courses in both departments, allowing you to compile a programme according to your interests and goals, and will write a dissertation on an approved topic of your choice.

The programme brings together students from diverse academic and professional backgrounds. It is relevant for students planning a career in development work, including international and national agencies and NGOs, as well as international business. The programme also provides a good foundation for doctoral level social science research and careers in the media.

Department of Economic History

This programme is offered by the Department of Economic History, which is home to the largest group of teachers and researchers in the field of economic, business, and social history in the UK. Amongst the research commitments of our faculty are the editorship and board membership of such world-renowned journals as Cliometrica, the Economic History Review, Enterprise and Society, the Journal of African History, the Journal of Economic History, the Journal of Global History, the Journal for the History of Economic Thought and Medical History, and the Department are regularly consulted by the British and international media.

Information for international students

LSE is an international community, with over 140 nationalities represented amongst its student body. We celebrate this diversity through everything we do.

If you are applying to LSE from outside of the UK then take a look at our Information for International students.

Fees and funding


Every graduate student is charged a fee for their programme. Visit the website for more information about the fees.


The School recognises that the cost of living in London may be higher than in your home town or country, and we provide generous scholarships each year to home and overseas students.

This programme is eligible for needs-based awards from LSE, including the Graduate Support Scheme, Master's Awards, and Anniversary Scholarships.

Selection for any funding opportunity is based on receipt of an application for a place – including all ancillary documents, before the funding deadline.

In addition to our needs-based awards, LSE also makes available scholarships for students from specific regions of the world and awards for students studying specific subject areas.

Find out more about financial support.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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