The main focus of development studies is on economic
growth, poverty eradication and political reform at
the global level and in the developing world in
This programme for graduates, developed by academics
at the London School of Economics and Political
Science (LSE), aims to provide you with a solid
foundation in the principles of development. It also
serves as a basis for developing analytical and
communication skills for a wide range of real world
Students of development studies often choose careers
in international organisations such as the United
Nations or the World Bank, non-governmental
organisations, development consultancy firms, and
To complete the study
programme and earn a diploma qualification in
International Development from the University of London, you must
pass the course units listed below:
attend classes three hours per week for each subject.
Examinations are held once a year in May/June.
External students’ examinations are assessed by
academics from the London School of Economics &
Political Science (LSE) to the same standard as
the students at LSE in London.