Taught course

Social Policy and Development: Non-Governmental Organisations

London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) · Department of Social Policy

Entry requirements

A 2:1 degree or equivalent in a relevant social science discipline. Professional experience is advantageous.

Months of entry


Course content

The MSc Social Policy and Development programme is aimed at those who have work experience in developing countries and wish to acquire professional skills in the expanding field of social policy and development.

The degree aims to develop your understanding of the theory and methodology of social policy and development, to allow deeper study in specialist development areas of particular interest to you and to strengthen your analytical and organisational skills.

This programme has two streams which share a common engagement with the core concepts and debates within social policy and development, including the policy process, wellbeing, poverty and exclusion, global institutions and the aid system, sustainability and livelihoods, and rights and citizenship.

Where the two streams diverge is the perspective they employ to approach these issues, concepts and debates; Social Policy and Development approaches social policy and development primarily from the perspective of government; whereas the Non-Governmental Organisations stream approaches the subject from the perspective of NGOs and wider civil society.

You will study in a comparative, international and multi-disciplinary environment, with staff who have expertise in Asia, Africa, Latin America and post-communist societies, and maintain research and advisory links with governments and key international development organisations.

Information for international students

Please see the Standard section of the English language requirements.

Fees and funding

UK students
Total £13,208
International students
Total: EU £13,208 Non EU £20,312

Please see the postgraduate funding page.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Student Recruitment Office
+44 (0)20 7955 6613