Research course

Environmental Policy and Development

London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) · Department of Geography and Environment

Entry requirements

If enrolling for the +3 route, a taught master's degree in related disciplines with a minimum of 65% average mark and 70% or higher in the dissertation component. If enrolling for the 1+3 route, a minimum of an upper-second class honours (or equivalent) undergraduate degree

Months of entry

January, October, April

Course content

The MPhil/PhD Programme in Environmental Policy and Development reflects the growing research at LSE on the social science dimensions of environmental policy as it interfaces with development issues. Department of Geography and Environment academics are at the forefront of scholarly and policy debates concerned with the formulation and implementation of governance mechanisms addressing the challenges of environmental sustainability and development.

The Environmental Policy and Development MPhil/PhD Programme has been designed to equip students with the skills and subject-specialist knowledge to develop effective research proposals which result in significant original contributions to academic knowledge. The programme will benefit most those candidates with strong motivation and research capabilities, who are comfortable within an interdisciplinary context. There is no prescribed theoretical template for individual research projects, but the programme encourages students to familiarise themselves with a range of conceptual frameworks before selecting, and justifying, those seem as most appropriate to their research.

Environment and development research at LSE is undertaken by Department of Geography and Environment staff as well as by colleagues in the Department of International Development. The MPhil/PhD in Environmental Policy and Development is offered by Geography and Environment, while the Department of International Development offers an MPhil/PhD programme in Development Studies. Potential applicants are advised to consider the research themes and staff expertise of both Departments before applying to the MPhil/PhD programme.

Department specialisms

Economic Geography and Regional Science; Environmental Economics and Policy; Cities and Development

Information for international students

IELTS: 7.0, TOEFL: 107

Fees and funding

LSE scholarships and studentships, ESRC

Qualification and course duration


full time
36-48 months


full time
36-48 months

Further details of qualification

2 routes: either 1 (MSc Environmental Policy and Regulation/MSc Environment and Development) + 3 (MPhil/PhD Environmental Policy and Development) = 4 years suitable for those individuals who do not hold a relevant postgraduate degree or +3 (MPhil/PhD Environmental Policy and Development) = 3 years

Course contact details

Student Recruitment Office
+44 (0)20 7955 6613