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.
Modes of study
Distance learning | Teaching Centre
2-6 years (Graduate Entry) | 3-6 years (Standard Entry)
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.
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.
When you register, we will give you access to your Student Portal. You can then access your University of London email account and 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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.