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MSc International Development and Humanitarian Emergencies (Part-Time)

 Course Level
Masters / PG
Part Time

2 Years
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9672 GBP
6252 GBP
6252 GBP

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International Development
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IELTS (min)7
TOEFL-IBT (min)107
TOEFL-PBT (min)627

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About this course

The emphasis of this degree is on understanding the dynamics of humanitarian and complex emergencies as well as providing a solid foundation in development issues such as poverty reduction, wealth creation and the expansion of human capabilities. This is a flexible programme that provides students with an academically rigorous postgraduate level inter-disciplinary training in the fields of international development and humanitarianism. It also involves a strong practical component with exposure to the ‘real world’ of organisations and practitioners and experience that boosts employability.

This programme is based in the Department of International Development and offers the following benefits:

  • core courses on key issues in international development and humanitarian crises.
  • work on a team-based policy project for a humanitarian or development-sector organisation.
  • a choice of options from a wide range of highly rated courses within the Department and in other departments specialising in political economy, public policy and management.
  • contact with a highly selected group of fellow students, bringing practical experience from all over the world.

The programme also benefits from its own voice of experience lecture series (previous speakers have included senior staff from major UN and NGO organisations), a free weekend workshop on humanitarian programme management and evaluation, and an opportunity to attend an optional three day trip to Geneva in order to visit key humanitarian organisations.

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Eligibility Criteria

Good first degree (equivalent to a 2:1 in the UK system) in any subject with social science or humanities an advantage. As there are a large number of qualified students applying, we place importance on students’ personal statements for applying to the programme.

The programme aims to recruit students from all over the world and will consider all applicants with degrees in any subject. A first degree in the social or policy sciences will provide useful skills and background. The course also welcomes applicants with backgrounds in fields related to health, earth sciences and natural resource management, agriculture, engineering and business. As the programme requires intensive reading across a broad literature drawn from the various social science disciplines, students must have high proficiency in English to perform well.

English Language Requirments:

You can meet our language requirements in the following ways:

  • Your first language is English, or
  • Your current or previous degree is taught/assessed entirely in English (we will need official confirmation of this if it is not stated on your transcript), or
  • You have passed a recognised Standardised English Language Test (SELT) at an appropriate level.

For degree programmes outside the UK you will need to obtain at least 70 per cent of the available marks in your final year examinations. If your institution uses the cumulative grade point average (GPA) system you should normally have a GPA of at least 3.5 (out of 4) or above.

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Course Modules

Students will complete four full units:

  • One full unit consisting of the Humanitarian Consultancy Project, which incorporates the course, "Managing Humanitarianism"
  • One half unit course, "Key Issues in Development Studies"
  • An end-of-year 10,000-word dissertation worth one full unit and including a research methods course
  • 1.5 more units made up of half or full unit optional courses.

Core course: Key Issues in Development Studies 

This course provides an excellent overview of the key issues and debates in international development. It features lectures from leading LSE experts on subjects such as climate change, conflict, poverty, the financial crisis, demography, democratisation, health, migration, human rights and trade.  It provides a stimulating and fast-paced introduction to issues that can then be pursued in more depth through additional optional modules generally taken in the Lent Term.

Humanitarian consultancy project


Optional courses: 

Students will also take 1.5 units consisting of half- or full-unit optional courses, which allow students to shape their studies to their own needs and interests. These can be chosen from courses offered within the department or from a large number of offerings from other departments and institutes within the School such as Anthropology, Economics, Gender, Geography and Environment, Government, International Relations, Law, Management, Social Policy and Sociology.

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How to Apply

You must apply early, as competition for programmes at LSE is intense. Your application will not be considered until we have received all your supporting documents. Wherever possible you should submit all of your documents with your online application. You should expect to wait an average of 8 weeks for a decision when applying for a taught programme, decisions for a research programme may take longer than this.

Important: LSE expects all applicants to complete their application materials without the use of paid agents, credentials services, or other paid professional assistance. The use of such services may lead to the rejection of application materials, the revocation of an admissions offer, cancellation of admission, or involuntary withdrawal from the University.

You should also upload your supporting documents with your application. You should scan and upload your transcripts and request references to be submitted online. The online application allows you to submit your complete application securely and quickly. Your application will not be processed until we have received all the required documents.

Supporting documents

All applications must be accompanied by supporting documents. Some of these are required by all applicants, others are only needed for specific programmes. Details of specific requirements are given on the programme pages.

  • Use common sense when reading this information. We are being as clear as we can about our requirements and there are no trick questions or hidden traps.
  • We ask you to provide the documents as requested (or as close to them as you can manage) so that we can make a good decision on your application.
  • Don't overload your application with extra documents - the selectors won't have time to read them and we really don't need them.
  • Don't panic about the length of your personal statement or research proposal - just be sensible about what you want to write and how much a selector might want to read.
  • We offer guidance to help you. Read it and act sensibly on it.
  • Please do not send supporting documents directly to departments as this will delay your application.

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