London South Bank University

Course Introduction

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.

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.

Course Modules

Modules: contemporary issues in development; human development in a globalised world; research methods for development; economies in transition: strategies for industrialisation; forced migration and resettlement; human rights in the developing world; research dissertation (triple module).

Start Date:


Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
1 year
Full Time

Qualifications required:

  • *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.