Entry requirements

Good first degree in any subject with social science or humanities an advantage

Development Studies; Development Studies (Research).

Months of entry


Course content

These programmes aim to provide students with a high quality academic training in development studies, examining the importance of contemporary theory in the social sciences for the policy and practice of development. We will consider applicants with a background in any subject, although a first degree in a social science or humanities subject would be an advantage. As the programme requires intensive reading across a broad range of literature drawn from various social science disciplines students must have a high proficiency in the English language to perform well. The MSc Development Studies offers you a wide range of choice in optional courses within the School so that you can deepen or broaden your disciplinary training, or take up the advanced study of a particular region of the developing world. The MSc Development Studies (Research) offers you a choice of courses for advanced training in research methodology through LSE's Methodology Institute (see Methodology Institute), including both qualitative and quantitative elements. Flexibility of dissertation topics in both programmes allows you to shape your studies to your needs.

The MSc Development Studies brings together an exciting group of European and international students with a diversity of academic and professional backgrounds who have gone on to establish an international alumni network involved in development research and practice. Recent graduates have gained employment in government, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), international firms and banks, or have gone on to obtain PhDs in development studies or other social science disciplines.

Information for international students

IELTS 7.0 or internet-based TOEFL 107.

Fees and funding

ESRC for Research strand; 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

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