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Further course selection information at LSE
In order to facilitate the allocation of mentors, we are asking that you communicate your top 5 preferred mentors from staff associated with your programme (The list of mentors will be available on Moodle at the start of the process).
The mentor preference portal will open at 10am (Uk Time) on Wednesday 7 September and close Wednesday 14 September 6pm (UK Time). We will notify you of your allocated mentor by end of day on Friday 16 September. Students who have not indicated their preferred top 5 choices, by closing, will have a mentor allocated to them randomly.
Preferences should be made via the International Development Moodle site ID Moodle site.
- Click on tab – Academic Mentor
- Choose the link to your registered programme only
- Choose add entry
Please see the link to Faculty Profiles https://www.lse.ac.uk/international-development/people
Course choice advice from Mentors
You will be able to see your assigned mentor early in week 0 and they can advise you on course choices, help you to settle in and navigate your journey at LSE and support you with any other queries or issues you may have. Keep in mind that you are not limited to speaking only with your mentor; the Department has an 'open door' policy, and you are welcome to seek advice from other ID staff by setting up an office hour appointment. Your Programme Directors are also a very useful source of advice and support.
Courses offered by the department
A full list of courses offered by the school can be viewed via the LSE Calendar page. Please scroll down to view the DV courses as these are courses offered by the Department of International Development. Please do bear in mind that this list is subject to change for 2022/23.
There are three specialisms in the department - African Development, Population Studies and Applied Development Economics. If you are choosing a specialism, you must do so at the beginning of your programme by applying to the appropriate courses. Then towards the end of the programme, each specialism lead needs to verify whether your dissertation is aligned with the specialism. Subject to the approval by the specialism lead you will be eligible for a specialism. Students will then have their specialism attached to their degree certificate and transcript.
- For the African Development specialism you need to take DV418 African Development and DV435 African Political Economy.
- For the Population Studies specialism, you need to take DV476 Population Analysis: Methods and Models, and DV456 Population, Health and Development: Evidence and Projections. Students interested in the Population Studies specialism or are or simply wanting to take either DV456 or DV476, are invited to attend an info session taking place Friday 23 September, from 10am-1pm in NAB.2.06.
- For the Applied Development Economics specialism you will need to pass a quiz* looking at your economic background in order to take the required courses for the specialism, and you will need to take at least two of the following courses: DV490 Economic Development Policy I, DV491 Economic Development Policy II and DV492 Economic Development Policy III. More info about this specialism in the next tab.
*The pre-quize is not on quantitative methods or statistics – we do not require any knowledge in advance, and do not test that. It is more a test of analytical thinking and understanding, so there is nothing to prepare in advance or study for.
Please note: that doing a specialism is entirely optional. While a specialism has certain advantages, it does have a disadvantage in that it constrains your course choices. Students have the freedom to opt out of taking a specialism at any point of time. It is entirely voluntary and a vast majority of students do not take a specialism.
Course selection timeline
- Tuesday 20 September – 10am: course choice opens for browsing on LSE For You (LFY) to help you familiarise yourself with the system.
- Thursday 22 September – 10am (UK time): course choice selection opens
- You should make your request to take ID (DV) courses LFY by 12pm Friday 23 September 2022.
- By Monday 26 September – 12 pm (UK time): first round of offers made (check your LSE email and LFY!)
- Any offers expire 48 hours after being made; more offers are made depending on availability
- Friday 7 October – 5pm (UK time): course choice selection closes
Courses in other departments
Although most students take all their courses within the department, you may apply to take a course in another department, subject to their conditions and permission and that of your Academic Mentor. If you plan to take more than one course outside of the department you must see your Programme Director. You can browse all postgraduate courses by departments here by clicking on Graduate Course Guides. International Development students are advised that different departments have their own rules. Find out more about course selection at LSE here.
International Development students are advised that different departments have their own rules. The International Relations Department, for instance, specifies – as indicated in the Calendar – that students from outside the department may take only one IR option. We cannot guarantee access to courses outside the Department even in those cases where the programme regulations specify that these courses are approved options to take as part of your degree. Conversely, students who are not International Development or joint degree students are not guaranteed access to our courses.
Each course will typically have one lecture and one seminar each week. Lectures will be common for everyone taking the course. Seminars are in smaller groups and you will be able to choose a suitable seminar timing. The timing of the lectures and the various seminars will be published online. You may want to take a look at this once it is published to ensure that your preferred courses don’t clash with each other. Timetables often clash between courses of different departments.