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A 2:1 degree or equivalent in social science or humanities.
English research level.
Months of entry
About this MSc programme
Drawing on the research expertise and practical experience of the Department of Economic History and the Department of International Development, this integrated programme uses techniques of long-run growth analysis to inform modern approaches to development policy and practice.
The programme combines in-depth analyses of 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 development processes and outcomes in Africa, Asia and Latin America. It provides an integrated, comparative assessment of current development debates, and locates them in appropriate historical and theoretical contexts.
You will consider questions such as 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.
This will be an ideal programme if you are planning a career in development work. It will also provide a good foundation for social science research in the development field.
Department of Economic History and Department of International Development
This programme is offered by the Department of Economic History, and taught jointly with the Department of International Development.
The Department of Economic History 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 world-renowned journals, and the Department are regularly consulted by the British and international media.
The Department of International Development promotes interdisciplinary graduate teaching and research on processes of social, political and economic development and change. The Department is dedicated to understanding problems of poverty and late development within local communities, as well as national and international political and economic systems.
Drawing on the research expertise and practical experience of the each department, this integrated programme uses techniques of long-run growth analysis to inform modern approaches to development policy and practice.
Information for international students
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Fees and funding
Every graduate student is charged a fee for their programme.
More information on funding and scholarships can be found on the LSE website.
Qualification, course duration and attendance options
- full time12 months
- Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
Course contact details
- Student Recruitment Office
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