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How to Create an Effective Thesis Statement in 5 Easy Steps
Creating a thesis statement can be a daunting task. It’s one of the most important sentences in your paper, and it needs to be done right. But don’t worry — with these five easy steps, you’ll be able to create an effective thesis statement in no time.
Step 1: Brainstorm Ideas
The first step is to brainstorm ideas for your paper. Think about what you want to say and write down any ideas that come to mind. This will help you narrow down your focus and make it easier to create your thesis statement.
Step 2: Research Your Topic
Once you have some ideas, it’s time to do some research on your topic. Look for sources that support your ideas and provide evidence for the points you want to make. This will help you refine your argument and make it more convincing.
Step 3: Formulate Your Argument
Now that you have done some research, it’s time to formulate your argument. Take the points you want to make and put them into one or two sentences that clearly state what your paper is about. This will be the basis of your thesis statement.
Step 4: Refine Your Thesis Statement
Once you have formulated your argument, it’s time to refine your thesis statement. Make sure that it is clear, concise, and specific. It should also be arguable so that readers can disagree with it if they choose.
Step 5: Test Your Thesis Statement
The last step is to test your thesis statement. Does it accurately reflect the points you want to make? Is it clear and concise? Does it make an arguable point? If not, go back and refine it until it meets all of these criteria.
Creating an effective thesis statement doesn’t have to be a daunting task. With these five easy steps, you can create a strong thesis statement in no time at all.
This text was generated using a large language model, and select text has been reviewed and moderated for purposes such as readability.
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MSc Development Studies
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- Department of International Development
- Application code Y2U6
- Starting 2024
- Home full-time: Open
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- Location: Houghton Street, London
The MSc in Development Studies provides you with high-quality academic training in development studies, using contemporary theory in the social sciences to understand the processes, policy and practice of development.
No field in contemporary social science is more challenging and exciting than the study of development – the processes involved in overcoming poverty and creating healthy, wealthy and sustainable societies.
A full-unit core course in Development: History, Theory and Policy introduces you to the theories and historical experience of development, as well as cutting-edge policy debates. The course gives you a strong foundation to engage with the economic, political and social dimensions of development policy and practice. You will also choose from a wide range of optional courses within the School to deepen or broaden your disciplinary training, or take up the advanced study of a particular region of the developing world.
The programme brings together students from diverse academic and professional backgrounds, and recent graduates have gone on to work in government, international development agencies and NGOs, as well as development consultancies and think tanks, or gone on to PhD study.
For more information about tuition fees and entry requirements, see the fees and funding and assessing your application sections.
Minimum entry requirements for msc development studies.
Upper second class honours (2:1) degree or equivalent in any discipline, with social science or humanities an advantage.
Competition for places at the School is high. This means that even if you meet the minimum entry requirement, this does not guarantee you an offer of admission.
If you have studied or are studying outside of the UK then have a look at our Information for International Students to find out the entry requirements that apply to you.
Assessing your application
We welcome applications from all suitably qualified prospective students and want to recruit students with the very best academic merit, potential and motivation, irrespective of their background.
We carefully consider each application on an individual basis, taking into account all the information presented on your application form, including your:
- academic achievement (including predicted and achieved grades) - statement of academic purpose - two academic references - CV
See further information on supporting documents
You may also have to provide evidence of your English proficiency, although you do not need to provide this at the time of your application to LSE. See our English language requirements .
When to apply
Applications for this programme are considered on a rolling basis, meaning the programme will close once it becomes full. There is no fixed deadline by which you need to apply, however, to be considered for any LSE funding opportunity, you must have submitted your application and all supporting documents by the funding deadline. See the fees and funding section for more details.
Fees and funding
Every graduate student is charged a fee for their programme.
The fee covers registration and examination fees payable to the School, lectures, classes and individual supervision, lectures given at other colleges under intercollegiate arrangements and, under current arrangements, membership of the Students' Union. It does not cover living costs or travel or fieldwork.
Tuition fees 2024/25 for Development Studies
Home students: £17,424 Overseas students: £27,480
The Table of Fees shows the latest tuition amounts for all programmes offered by the School.
The amount of tuition fees you will need to pay, and any financial support you are eligible for, will depend on whether you are classified as a home or overseas student, otherwise known as your fee status. LSE assesses your fee status based on guidelines provided by the Department of Education.
Further information about fee status classification.
Students who completed undergraduate study at LSE and are beginning taught graduate study at the School are eligible for a fee reduction of around 10 per cent of the fee.
Scholarships and other funding
The School recognises that the cost of living in London may be higher than in your home town or country, and we provide generous scholarships each year to home and overseas students.
This programme is eligible for needs-based awards from LSE, including the Graduate Support Scheme , Master's Awards , and Anniversary Scholarships .
Selection for any funding opportunity is based on receipt of an offer for a place and submitting a Graduate Financial Support application, before the funding deadline. Funding deadline for needs-based awards from LSE: 25 April 2024 .
In addition to our needs-based awards, LSE also makes available scholarships for students from specific regions of the world and awards for students studying specific subject areas. Find out more about financial support.
Government tuition fee loans and external funding
A postgraduate loan is available from the UK government for eligible students studying for a first master’s programme, to help with fees and living costs. Some other governments and organisations also offer tuition fee loan schemes.
Find out more about tuition fee loans
Fees and funding opportunities
Information for international students
LSE is an international community, with over 140 nationalities represented amongst its student body. We celebrate this diversity through everything we do.
If you are applying to LSE from outside of the UK then take a look at our Information for International students .
1) Take a note of the UK qualifications we require for your programme of interest (found in the ‘Entry requirements’ section of this page).
2) Go to the International Students section of our website.
3) Select your country.
4) Select ‘Graduate entry requirements’ and scroll until you arrive at the information about your local/national qualification. Compare the stated UK entry requirements listed on this page with the local/national entry requirement listed on your country specific page.
Part-time study Part time study is only available for students who do not require a student visa.
Programme structure and courses
You will take Development: History, Theory and Policy, Research Design and Dissertation in Development Studies and Research Themes in International Development, and complete a 10,000-word dissertation. You will also select courses from options in Anthropology, Economic History, Gender Institute, Geography and Environment, Government, International Relations, Law, International Development, and Social Policy.
Development: History, Theory and Policy Covers the theories and historical experience of development, as well as the cutting-edge policy debates and development practice of the present. The course provides you with a strong foundation to engage with the economic, political and social dimensions of development policy and practice. Research Design and Dissertation in International Development Combines a dissertation (an independent research project of 10,000 words, on an approved topic of your choice) with supporting lectures on research methods and the use of research in development practice. Cutting Edge Issues in Development Thinking and Practice ( unassessed) This non-assessed course introduces students to the practical world of development which will facilitate their career paths and prepare them for the consultancy project, and introduce students to the interface between policy practice and development academia.
For the most up-to-date list of optional courses please visit the relevant School Calendar page.
You must note, however, that while care has been taken to ensure that this information is up to date and correct, a change of circumstances since publication may cause the School to change, suspend or withdraw a course or programme of study, or change the fees that apply to it. The School will always notify the affected parties as early as practicably possible and propose any viable and relevant alternative options. Note that the School will neither be liable for information that after publication becomes inaccurate or irrelevant, nor for changing, suspending or withdrawing a course or programme of study due to events outside of its control, which includes but is not limited to a lack of demand for a course or programme of study, industrial action, fire, flood or other environmental or physical damage to premises.
You must also note that places are limited on some courses and/or subject to specific entry requirements. The School cannot therefore guarantee you a place. Please note that changes to programmes and courses can sometimes occur after you have accepted your offer of a place. These changes are normally made in light of developments in the discipline or path-breaking research, or on the basis of student feedback. Changes can take the form of altered course content, teaching formats or assessment modes. Any such changes are intended to enhance the student learning experience. You should visit the School’s Calendar , or contact the relevant academic department, for information on the availability and/or content of courses and programmes of study. Certain substantive changes will be listed on the updated graduate course and programme information page.
African Development: students must take African Development ( DV418 ) and African Political Economy ( DV435 ). Further to this, their dissertation topic must be approved as being appropriate for this specialism.
Population Studies: students must take two courses from the following: Global Health Challenges: Epidemics, Disease, and Public Health Response ( DV444 ); Population Analysis: Methods and Models ( DV476 ); and Population, Health and Development: Evidence and Projections ( DV456 ). Further to this, their dissertation topic must be approved as being appropriate for this specialism.
Applied Development Economics: students must take three courses from the following: Economic Development Policy I ( DV490 ); Economic Development Policy II ( DV491 ); Economic Development Policy III ( DV492 ); and Foundations of Applied Econometrics for Economic Development Policy ( DV494 ). Further to this, their dissertation topic must be approved as being appropriate for this specialism.
If no such election is made, the degree certificate will state “Development Management” without further specification.
Teaching and assessment
Contact hours and independent study.
Within your programme you will take a number of courses, often including half unit courses and full unit courses. In half unit courses, on average, you can expect 30-40 contact hours in total and for full unit courses, on average, you can expect 60-75 contact hours in total. Hours vary according to courses and you can view indicative details in the Calendar within the Teaching section of each course guide .
During Autumn Term you have the opportunity to attend a weekly lecture series in development research offered by faculty members based on their first-hand research experience. On average you will have about 13 hours of lectures and classes a week during Autumn Term and nine and a half hours during Winter Term, plus the opportunity to meet with a faculty adviser during weekly office hours. You will also participate in a dissertation workshop during Spring Term, where you present and discuss your dissertation proposals.
You are also expected to complete independent study outside of class time. This varies depending on the programme, but requires you to manage the majority of your study time yourself, by engaging in activities such as reading, note-taking, critical thinking and secondary research.
LSE is internationally recognised for its teaching and research, and therefore, employs a rich variety of teaching staff with a range of experience and status. Courses may be taught by individual members of faculty, such as assistant professors, associate professors and professors. Many departments now also employ LSE Fellows, graduate teaching assistants, guest teachers and visiting members of staff. You can view indicative details for the teacher responsible for each course in the relevant course guide .
All taught courses are required to include formative coursework which is unassessed. It is designed to help prepare you for summative assessment which counts towards the course mark and to the degree award. LSE uses a range of formative assessment, such as essays, problem sets, case studies, reports, quizzes, mock exams to name a few. Summative assessment may be conducted during the course or by final examination at the end of the course. An indication of the formative coursework and summative assessment for each course can be found in the relevant course guide .
You will also be assigned an academic mentor who will be available for guidance and advice on academic or personal concerns.
There are many opportunities to extend your learning outside the classroom and complement your academic studies at LSE. LSE LIFE is the School’s centre for academic, personal and professional development. Some of the services on offer include: guidance and hands-on practice of the key skills you will need to do well at LSE: effective reading, academic writing and critical thinking; workshops related to how to adapt to new or difficult situations, including development of skills for leadership, study/work/life balance and preparing for the world of work; and advice and practice on working in study groups and on cross-cultural communication and teamwork.
LSE is committed to enabling all students to achieve their full potential and the School’s Disability and Wellbeing Service provides a free, confidential service to all LSE students and is a first point of contact for all disabled students.
Through the Language Centre, you can access English language support both before you start at LSE and during your studies. Our English for Academic Purposes (EAP) programme focuses on the skills required to perform in an English speaking academic environment across the core subject areas you will encounter during your time at LSE.
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Language Centre – the Centre specialises in offering language courses targeted to the needs of students and practitioners in the social sciences. We offer pre-course English for Academic Purposes programmes; English language support during your studies; modern language courses in nine languages; proofreading, translation and document authentication; and language learning community activities.
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MSc Development Studies Tagbilaran City, Philippines
The Development Studies programme at LSE is very interdisciplinary, multi-cultural and pragmatic. It allows meaningful conversation between different disciplines – among economists, anthropologists, political scientists, and even those in the hard sciences. Most importantly, the programme highlights the link between theory and practice. Development theory, poverty, local politics, rural development, and development assistance, among others, are ably captured by the programme and are taught by experts in the field.
LSE embodies exactly what I want in an education: a practical base, a support structure geared at facilitating open study and engagement in the world, and a mentality that fosters innovation, leadership and action. LSE has focussed me, disciplined me and, most importantly, given me the confidence and ability to achieve whatever it is I set my sights on.
The fundamental importance, intensity and quality of the subjects offered within the Department of International Development is giving me a great base and confidence to achieve all I hope to achieve in the future. It is really exciting and hopefully we can all make some positive contribution in coming years.
Quick Careers Facts for the Department of International Development
Median salary of our PG students 15 months after graduating: £32,000
Top 5 sectors our students work in:
- Government, Public Sector and Policy
- Education, Teaching and Research
- Health and Social Care
- International Organisations
The data was collected as part of the Graduate Outcomes survey, which is administered by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA). Graduates from 2020-21 were the fourth group to be asked to respond to Graduate Outcomes. Median salaries are calculated for respondents who are paid in UK pounds sterling and who were working in full-time employment.
Recent graduates have gained employment in government, international development agencies, international and local non-governmental organisations (NGOs), international and local private firms, development consultancies and think-tanks, or have gone on to obtain PhDs in development studies or other social science disciplines.
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MSc in Development Studies, 2011 Consultant, United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN ESCAP)
Prior to LSE, I was working as a Marketing Executive in the media industry. I have always been interested in working in the development sector and I decided to pursue a degree in Development Studies. My graduate study in development was a one year expedition of self-discovery that transformed my life completely. Upon graduation, I applied for an internship programme at UN ESCAP, Thailand and was luckily accepted. I took up another internship offer at The United Nations Office for REDD+ Coordination in Indonesia (UNORCID) in Jakarta to work on REDD+ mechanisms in Indonesia. While I was working as an intern in Jakarta, I received an email from my senior in ESCAP asking if I would be interested in accepting an assignment at UN ESCAP. The answer was an immediate yes!
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