Taught course

Development Studies

London South Bank University · Social and Policy Studies

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Entry requirements

A minimum of a 2:2 first degree/Bachelor degree equivalent to UK Second Class Honours Lower Division in a relevant subject area. Relevant professional experience will also be considered. Applicants will be assessed on the personal statement as well as the entry qualifications.

Months of entry


Course content

The MSc Development Studies course is interdisciplinary and innovative. It provides a thorough grounding in the development field, and its emphasis on research enables students to specialise in their particular areas of interest.

The MSc Development Studies is led by Professor Gaim Kibreab and taught by excellent research-active lecturers who specialise in social and economic development, as forced migration. See the current research projects tied to the International Development, Emergencies and Refugee Studies (IDEARS) Research Group.

Through the use of case studies you'll analyse a range of issues, crucial for Development policy and practice, such as:

  • Globalisation: markets, trade and the global economy;
  • Trade and Aid: the role of international institutions and agencies;
  • Strategies for Industrialisation: economic growth and human development;
  • Social Development: livelihoods, poverty and poverty reduction;
  • Developing the Rural Sector: Agrarian Policies, migration and urbanisation;
  • Environmental policies and sustainable development;
  • Political empowerment, participation, and human rights.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

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