Entry requirements

As an interdisciplinary programme, applications from any field in the social sciences are welcome. In the past, the bulk of the student body has been made up by graduates in economics, development, sociology, geography, international relations and political science. In any case, we will expect applicants to have very good grades in their first degrees. A high score in the GRE test or in the GMAT test within five years before your application will be considered a strong asset.

Months of entry


Course content

This MSc will be relevant if you wish to build on your undergraduate degree to develop specific skills and an understanding of local and regional economic development. We also welcome managers of local economic and regional development institutions who wish to widen and deepen their existing knowledge. The MSc is also an ideal starting point for a career in research in economic development.

In recent years, rapid changes in technology and information, industrial restructuring and integration have been radically realigning production structures. There has also been a drive towards the globalisation of the world economy. World trade has expanded at twice the rate of output and national governments have been rethinking their protectionist policies to participate in the new global markets. In this context, local and regional economies increasingly need new responses and demand specialist skills to work with the change, and exploit the opportunities it offers.

This programme focuses on the variety of ways in which local and regional agencies can work with the private sector in order to stimulate local economies. You will also develop an understanding of the local, national and international trends in business organisation, and a knowledge of the variety of local agents involved. The course emphasises management issues of local capacity building, attracting investment, network building, infrastructure, human resources, and focuses as well on the rationale and impact of regional and local development policies and on the role of institutions.

Information for international students


Fees and funding

LSE Graduate Support Scheme.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

The Student Recruitment Office
+44 (0)20 7955 6613