Taught course

Development Studies

London South Bank University · Social and Policy Studies

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. Some students have worked in the Development field, with governments, non-governmental organisations, civil society organisations and agencies. Others wish to move into a new career. Students have received scholarships from the European Union, the Africa Educational Trust, and British Council Chevening Scholarships.

Months of entry


Course content

Development Studies is an important research and teaching area within the Social Policy field at LSBU. 75% of our research into Social Work and Social Policy was awarded the quality rating of 3* out of 4* for 'environment' - quality that is defined as conducive to producing research of internationally excellent quality, in terms of its vitality and sustainability (Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014).

The MSc Development Studies course is interdisciplinary and innovatory. It is designed for those who wish to pursue careers with governments, non-governmental organisations, international agencies, public and private organisations and enterprises. 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 John Taylor: an internationally renowned expert in social development and poverty reduction. Professor Taylor has undertaken research for the UK's Department of International Development, the World Bank, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), UNICEF, national and international NGOs.

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.
The MSc develops the skills required to undertake development research, focusing on appropriate methodologies, data collection, policy and project design and implementation. A research dissertation forms a central part of your work on the course.

Information for international students

You must have an English language qualification before starting a programme of study at London South Bank University. Acceptable qualifications include IELTS Level 6.5 or TOEFL 580. See: www.lsbu.ac.uk/international/englishRequirement

Fees and funding

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Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
13 months

Course contact details

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