Research course

International Development

London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) · Development Studies Institute - DESTIN

Entry requirements

Prospective students should have a strong academic record and graduate training (at the MSc level) demonstrating a high standard of achievement. This includes any languages necessary for the proposed research and methodological and theoretical grounding in one of the social science disciplines. Students that satisfactorily complete the four units of coursework, including their research proposal, will receive the MRes degree. MRes students who achieve an average mark of 65 across their three full course credits, and a mark of at least 65 on their PhD proposal, will be allowed to progress to the PhD programme.

Months of entry


Course content

The Department of International Development has established a vibrant research students' programme with students employing a variety of disciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches to research across Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East. From 2014 the MRes programme is normally the primary entry point to the research stream and replaces the first year (MPhil) of the PhD/MPhil programme. The MRes programme is designed to both train students in a common academic heritage and to provide significant flexibility to develop advanced methodological and theoretical skills within disciplinary specialisms appropriate to their research interests.

Accepted students in the MRes degree that are planning to use advanced quantitative analysis in their PhD research are required to take the summer (September) Introductory Course in Mathematics and Statistics, EC400. Students must achieve a mark of 70 if they wish to request admission to any of the advanced (MRes level) methodology courses offered by the Department of Economics.

During the academic year MRes students acquire methodological training, language skills (if necessary), and background knowledge of specific topics related to their research by working closely with their supervisor and taking advanced methodology and theory courses at the Department or in the School, to a total of four full units of coursework. These include two and a half units of advanced methodology and theory courses (to be determined by the student’s supervisor), a half unit course in Development Theory, History and Policy, and a one unit course on research design for which they will develop their PhD proposal. In addition all students participate in a 500-level research student seminar series where ongoing work is presented and debated.

Information for international students


Fees and funding

LSE scholarships and studentships, ESRC, Department doctoral scholarships may be available.

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months

Course contact details

Student Recruitment Office
0207 955 6613