MSc in Development Studies

London South Bank University

Program Description

MSc in Development Studies

London South Bank University

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 specialize in their particular areas of interest.

The MSc Development Studies is led by Professor Gaim Kibreab and taught by excellent research-active lecturers who specialize in the 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 analyze a range of issues, crucial for Developing policy and practice, such as:

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

5 top reasons to study here

  1. Relevant course design:
    designed for those who wish to pursue careers with governments, non-governmental organizations, international agencies, public and private organizations and enterprises.

  2. Taught by internationally recognized members of staff:
    who have a range of innovative research experiences?

  3. Research input:
    you'll engage with recent research linked to development and urbanization.

  4. Strong resources:
    We have a vast array of resources available to aid your learning from our library to online services.

  5. Research active academics:
    You’ll be taught by enthusiastic but also research active staff, which means you’ll receive relevant and best practice teaching.

The course 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.

Key course information - ordered by mode

Mode Duration Start Date Location
Full-time 1 year September Southwark Campus
Part-time 2 years September Southwark Campus


  • Contemporary issues in development
  • Human development in a globalized world
  • Research methods for development
  • Economies in transition: strategies for industrialization
  • Forced migration and development
  • Human rights and development
  • Research dissertation (triple module)

The MSc also offers a series of workshops in project design, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation, providing these essential skills for student's Development careers


A humanities master has the real advantage of opening up careers in a number of professions such as teaching, social work, administration and higher level education. Graduates have forged exciting careers in research-related work, public relations, advertising, retail, management and media-related work.

Previous students have entered careers in many fields working for international organizations such as the United Nations and its constituent organizations, the World Bank, the International Labour Organisation and the World Health Organisation. Many students take up posts in their home countries within government, non-government and civil society organizations, or with non-governmental development organizations in the UK, in addition to teaching posts in universities and colleges specializing in Development research and practice.

LSBU Employability Services

LSBU is committed to supporting you develop your employability and succeed in getting a job after you have graduated. Your qualification will certainly help, but in a competitive market, you also need to work on your employability, and on your career search. Our Employability Service will support you in developing your skills, finding a job, interview techniques, work experience or an internship, and will help you assess what you need to do to get the job you want at the end of your course. LSBU offers a comprehensive Employability Service, with a range of initiatives to complement your studies, including:

  • direct engagement from employers who come in to interview and talk to students
  • Job Shop and on-campus recruitment agencies to help your job search
  • mentoring and work shadowing schemes.


Our social policy students have taken up work placements at the following organizations:

  • Chance UK, a unique early intervention mentoring organization who provide adult volunteer mentors to work with children aged 5-11 years at risk of developing anti-social behavior in later life)
  • Kairos in Soho (a pan-London LGBT Community Development Organisation)
  • Naz Project London (a sexual health organization that works to mobilize Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) communities in relation to HIV and other sexual health concerns)
  • Richmond Advice and Information on Disability (RAID)
  • Women's Royal Voluntary Service (WRVS) one of the UK's largest charities and voluntary organizations who aim to give older people the opportunity and choice to get more out of life

Teaching and learning

Study hours

Class contact time is typically 12 hours per week on the full-time mode of the MSc, and six hours on the part-time mode plus individual tutorial and independent study. This accumulates to typically two days a week, afternoons and evenings typically two evenings a week.

All staff members teaching on the course have considerable experience of working and conducting research in developing countries. They have all published work on Development issues and are well known in their respective fields.

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 be considered, you'll be assessed on your professional statement in addition to other entry requirements.
  • We welcome equivalent qualifications from around the world. English language qualifications for international students: IELTS score of 6.5, Cambridge Proficiency or Advanced Grade C.

Typical background of applicants

Some students have worked in the Development field, with governments, non-governmental organizations, civil society organizations, 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.

All modules are subject to change by the university and may differ from the modules you are offered during your studies.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated September 8, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
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Sept. 2019
1 - 2 years
Part time
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7,500 GBP
Full-time UK/EU fee: £7500; International fee: £13125. Year 1 Part-time UK/EU fee: £3333.33; International fee: £5833.33
United Kingdom - London, England
Start date : Sept. 2019
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