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International Development

BSc

Developed by academics at LSE, this degree will help you understand and shape social and economic change processes, leading to poverty reduction and better lives for people in the developing world.

You'll develop skills in economic, political and social analysis, and undertake training in diverse social science methods to examine approaches to economic growth, politics, humanitarianism, poverty, environment and governance.

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By studying this degree you will:

  • understand and shape processes of social and economic change to reduce poverty and create a better life for people in developing countries
  • explore themes of economic, political and social analysis
  • undertake training in diverse social science skills
  • address real-world problems relating to economic growth, politics, humanitarianism, poverty, environment and governance in developing countries.

Course details

You complete 12 courses for the Standard Route and 9 for the Graduate Entry route.

Entry routes

View courses for Standard Route

View courses for Graduate Entry Route

Local teaching support

Our courses are designed to be studied independently, but if you would like to attend classes, you can enrol at one of our approved local teaching centres around the world and benefit from study support and the facilities of a campus-style environment.

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 holds thousands of journal articles which you can access free of charge. A dedicated helpdesk is available if you have any difficulties in finding what you need.

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.

For most courses you sit a three-hour paper (or a two-hour paper for each half course). For the following courses, a project/coursework also counts towards the assessment:

  • 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.

What qualifications do you need?

For access to the BSc International Development degree, you will usually meet the following criteria:

  • Age 17+ by 30 November in the year of registration.
  • Satisfy our General Entrance Requirements.
  • Mathematics at UK GCSE Level (Grade C) or equivalent.

Even if you don’t meet the standard requirements, we will consider each application on its own merits. Our Admissions Panel will consider whether any alternative/incomplete qualifications or work experience you have are suitable for entry to the programme.

I don’t meet the entry requirements. What can I do?

Graduate entry route

For graduate entry, you will need a first degree rather than a professional qualification, as well as the Mathematics and English language requirements.

What do I need for graduate entry?

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 hold the English 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.

Can I transfer credits from other awards?

If you have studied material as part of a previous qualification that is comparable in content and standard, you might be exempted from the equivalent course for the University of London degree. This is known as Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL). You can receive accreditation for up to four full 100 courses on the Standard Entry Route only.

More about Accreditation of Prior Learning.

The fees below relate to new students registering for the 2018-2019 session. These may be increased by up to 7% per year.

Academic year

2018-2019

Application fee (non-refundable)

£ 92

Initial registration fee

£ 935

Examination entry fee (per full course)

£ 282

Examination entry fee (per half course)

£141

Continuing registration fee

£ 427

Indicative total: BSc Standard Route£ 5,601
Indicative total: BSc Graduate Entry Route£ 4,700

Other fees (as applicable)

 

Additional registration fee for students taking law courses (per course)

£ 55

Application fee for Accreditation of Prior Learning (per full course)

£ 98

Application fee for Accreditation of Prior Learning (per half course)

£49

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The indicative totals reflect average annual fee increases and assume that you complete the qualification within the minimum time – without resits, and with no law courses (which require additional fees).

Additional Costs

You may also need to budget for:

  • Textbooks (could extend to around £300 per year)
  • Tuition costs (if you choose to study at a local teaching centre)
  • 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

This degree will help to prepare you for careers in areas of development, research, management and consultancy. You could also gain entry to a master’s programme in this field.

This BSc will help you to question and analyse information, develop arguments, and boost your analytical and communication skills – all of which is valued in management-related roles.

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.

Academic Co-ordinator

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 degree anywhere in the world represents excellent value for money. However, there are additional sources of support depending on where you live and how you choose to study.

UK-based students may be entitled to an undergraduate Student Loan or to apply for the Sir John Cass Scholarship. Equally, some of our local teaching centres around the world offer discounts or scholarships for the face-to-face tuition they offer. (Check with your local centre for details.)

The University of London also offers some awards based on performance. If you are among the top five performing students in the first year of a degree led by LSE, you receive an Academic Achievement Award.

More on funding your study.

About the LSE Summer School

LSE hosts several prestigious Summer Schools around the world, including one in London. Each year, several of our students attend these life-changing events and put their learning into practice.

As one of our students, you receive a 15% discount on the event price. Some of our local teaching centres (such as SIM, Singapore) offer scholarships to attend as well as advice on how to apply.

More about the LSE summer school.

Welcome from Professor Tim Forsyth

Professor Tim Forsyth, LSE International Development

"Typical themes of International Development include poverty alleviation, economic growth, aid and assistance, and the political economy of social change."