Entry requirements

Good 2:1 in social science, or a degree in another field with relevant work experience.

Months of entry


Course content

This programme is centred on a core course that employs a comparative political economy approach to examine the institutional roots of development and non-development. All students must take the core course and complete a dissertation of up to 10,000 words. Students also participate in a live group 'consultancy project' for a leading development agency, which forms part of their total assessment. You have the opportunity to attend a weekly lecture series that brings to the School prominent scholars and practitioners who discuss the findings and methodological dimensions of development research and/or problems of development practice. Students benefit from joining a highly selective and diverse group of fellow students, bringing practical experience from all over the world. The analytical skills developed here have secured past graduates promising careers in organisations as diverse as central banks, NGOs, multilateral organisations, charities, investment banks, consultancies, manufacturing firms, religious missions, and has independent writers and experts.

Information for international students


Fees and funding

LSE Graduate Support Scheme.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations75
Dissertation25 (10000 words)

Course contact details

Student Recruitment Office
+44 (0)20 7955 6613