LSE will introduce its first degree programme focussing solely on Africa in September 2014.
Students on the course will be taught by internationally-renowned academics such as Professors Thandika Mkandawire and Catherine Boone.
Professor Catherine Boone, who will also serve as the Programme Director, said: “LSE realised that we had a critical mass of competency in this area within the Department of International Development and that there was a demand for this course and that we could harness a lot of the resources already inside the department to organise a one-year MSc course in this area.”
The programme will centre on the African Political Economy and African Development courses which will focus on African history, geography, institutions, politics, economics and economic policy. However, students will be able to choose additional courses to enhance their global view of development.
The department is hoping for strong interest from students in India and China where there is substantial new interest in Africa, but not necessarily a long history of development and academic expertise in this area. The degree programme will sit alongside the Programme for African Leadership (PfAL) which is a significant scholarship fund for African students who wish to apply for the MSc Development Management or the MSc in International Development and Humanitarian Emergencies (IDHE).
There is a lot of excitement within the department as it prepares for the first cohort of students.
“I am looking forward to meeting these interesting people from all over the world with an interest in Africa and a background of working or studying on the continent,” Professor Boone said.
“We think it will be an interesting, intellectual community.”
The deadline for applying for the MSc in African Development is 4 July 2014.
Follow this link for more information on the MSc in African Development.