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International Development

Graduate Diploma

Developed by academics at LSE, this diploma provides a strong grounding in international development and helps you to develop critical skills for a wide range of real world professional situations.

It is designed for graduates looking for either a standalone qualification in development or a foundation for postgraduate study in development-related fields.

Graduate Diplomas
Study the International Development Graduate Diploma wherever you are in the world.

Study this course at a teaching centre near you

You can receive local support from a local teaching centre, use the dropdown to find your nearest centre.

By studying this programme you will:

  • understand the fundamentals of economics, sociology and human geography and appreciate how these subjects interact in the process of development.
  • understand how key issues, such as urbanisation, industrialisation, housing and infrastructure, poverty and social exclusion, environmental concerns and gender issues, affect the process of development.

Programme details

You complete four full courses (or equivalent) to complete the diploma. 

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2020 intake
Application deadline 01 October 2020
Registration deadline 30 November 2020
Programme starts November
Examinations May and June

Study at a Recognised Teaching Centre

This programme is only available to study at a Recognised Teaching Centre and cannot be studied independently.

If you prefer to study independently, a selection of programmes with academic direction from the London School of Economics are available to study fully supported online.

Study materials

We will send you study materials developed by academics appointed by LSE. These include a Programme Handbook of practical information (such as how to enter exams); a Subject Guide for each course; and past exam papers and commentaries, which give you valuable tips for performing well in exams.

Online support

When you register, we will give you access to your Student Portal. You can then access your University of London email account and two other key resources:

  • The Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). Here, you can access electronic copies of all printed study materials, resources including audio-visual and revision guides, and forums to discuss course material and work collaboratively with others.
  • The Online Library provides access to over 100 million academic electronic items comprising E-books, E-journals, conference proceedings, etc. In addition, students can request items which are not held in the library via the library's Inter-Library loans service with the British Library.
  • Senate House Library provides free reference access for all registered distance and flexible learning students.

Student Support

We are committed to delivering an exceptional student experience for all of our students, regardless of which of our programmes you are studying and whether you are studying independently or with a Recognised Teaching Centre.

You will have access to support through:

  • The Student Advice Centre – provides support for application and Student Portal queries.
  • TalkCampus – a peer support service that offers a safe and confidential way to talk about whatever is on your mind at any time of day or night.

Assessment

Each module is assessed by an unseen written exam, which is usually held in May or June. You can sit your exams at any approved centre around the world. These centres charge a fee for hosting the exams.

Your exam is set and assessed by academics at LSE, ensuring that your degree is of the same standard as those studying on-campus in London.

If you study the following courses from the Information System selection group, you will also need to undertake a project or coursework:

  • IS1060 Introduction to information systems
  • IS2182 Innovating digital systems and services
  • IS3139 Software engineering: theory and application
  • IS3159 Research project in information systems

More about exams.

To be eligible for this Graduate Diploma programme you must have one of the following:

  • an acceptable Bachelor’s degree; 
  • an acceptable Master’s degree (or any other appropriately accredited Level 7 award) provided this is at least 1 year full time in duration; 
  • an acceptable Level 5 or Level 6 award (such as an HND or Graduate Certificate) provided this is at least 1 year full time in duration. In addition applicants must submit evidence of at least 2 years relevant work experience.

Plus:

English Language requirements

You need to demonstrate a good level of English to be admitted to our programmes. We accept a range of evidence, including proficiency test scores. If you don’t have evidence but believe you can meet the standard, we may consider your case.

Do I meet the language requirements?

Computer requirements

We set minimum basic computer requirements because your study resources are accessed via the Student Portal and it is vital that you can access this regularly. For this degree, you will also need Adobe Flash Player to view video material and a media player (such as VLC) to play video files.

More about computer requirements.

The fees below relate to new students registering for the 2020-2021 session. These may be increased by up to 7% per annum.

Academic year 2020-2021
Application fee (non-refundable) £101
Initial registration fee £1070
Further registration fee for Law options (per course) £ 59
Examination entry fee per half course £161
Examination entry fee per full course £323
Continuing registration fee £489
Indicative total £2463

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More about programme fees.

Additional Costs

You will also need to budget for:

  • Textbooks (could extend to around £300 per year)
  • Teaching centre tuition costs
  • Exam centre fees, which are paid directly to the venues where you sit your exams.

We accept most traditional payment methods, including debit/credit card, international money order, and Western Union.

How to pay your fees.

Please note: all student fees shown are net of any local VAT, Goods and Services Tax (GST) or any other sales tax payable by the student in their country of residence. Where the University is required to add VAT, GST or any other sales tax at the local statutory rate, this will be added to the fees shown during the payment process. For students resident in the UK, our fees are exempt from VAT.

Further information on GST.

This diploma will help to prepare you for careers in development, NGOs, charity work and public and private sector organisations if your first degree is in a different field. It could also help you gain entry to master’s programmes in these fields.

Graduate Diplomas will help you to question and analyse information, develop arguments, and boost your analytical and communication skills – all of which are valued by a broad range of employers.

What do employers think of our graduates?

In some countries, qualifications earned by distance and flexible learning may not be recognised by certain authorities or regulators for the purposes of public sector employment or further study. We advise you to explore the local recognition status before you register, even if you plan to receive support from a local teaching institution.

The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) provides academic direction for this programme. LSE is regarded as an international centre of academic excellence and innovation in the social sciences.

LSE Academic Co-ordinators

Tim Forsyth is Professor of Environment and International Development at LSE. His work focuses on understanding contested science and risk within environmental governance. Fluent in Thai, he has conducted research in Thailand and the surrounding region for over 15 years. He has written on climate change governance, forest policies in Asia, and social movements and local governance.

Without the cost of moving to London, studying for your University of London diploma anywhere in the world represents excellent value for money. However, there may be additional sources of support depending on where you live.

More on funding your study.

About the LSE Summer School

LSE’s Summer School is the most well-established and the largest of its kind in the whole of Europe, with over 80 academically rigorous courses on offer. Each year over 6,000 students from 120 nations study at the LSE campus in the heart of Central London.

Courses are taught by LSE faculty and complement the content of this degree. If you complete two Summer School courses you may be able to claim Accreditation of Prior Learning equivalent to one course on the degree. As a student on this programme you will receive a 15% discount on tuition fees to attend the LSE Summer School.

More about the LSE summer school.

Malorie Cornier BSc International Development, France

Malorie Cornier

"The International Programmes gave me the opportunity to study at my own rhythm alongside my job, learning from LSE teachers who provide high quality courses."