Taught course

Economic Policy for International Development

London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) · Department of International Development

Entry requirements

Upper second class honours (2:1) degree or equivalent in a social science background and two undergraduate quantitative courses preferable.

Months of entry


Course content

About the MSc programme

The MSc Economic Policy for International Development is aimed at those interested in applied development economics and political economy as a rigorous postgraduate qualification.

The programme provides a stepping-stone into the professional worlds of development economics (e.g. World Bank, LDC ministries of finance), fiscal and social policy making (LDC treasuries and health and education ministries, NGOs), and international business consulting.

Having successfully completed this programme, students will be familiarised with frontier topics in development economics, be able to critically engage with advanced quantitative policy analysis, and possess an interdisciplinary understanding of the political economy of development policy design and implementation.

Department of International Development

The Department of International Development promotes interdisciplinary postgraduate 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.

There are also research units that operate through the department. Our staff have considerable experience in living and working in the developing world and most have engaged in policy-relevant research and consultancy work with international development agencies or non-governmental organisations.

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

Course contact details

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