MSc in Development Economics and Emerging Markets


Aims of the programme

This MSc is designed to provide essential research training for careers in economics and development, both for academic positions and in government and non-government organisations at the international and national level.

It provides a vibrant, state of the art, intellectually challenging and exciting programme in which students can acquire and apply a range of theoretical and applied techniques crucial to their interests and career ambitions in development economics.

The one year full time programme provides a sound training in best practice methods of theory and applications in development economics with special emphasis on emerging market economies, combined with the opportunity to study optional areas in depth. The dissertation component offers training in the transition to research.


Special Features

  • Emphasis on problem-solving and applying economics to development contexts
  • Provides a structured transition to independent research
  • Gives the opportunity to work with leading researchers in the field
  • Incorporates a strong established research environment and postgraduate school
  • Provides the option of specific pathways in, for example, finance and health


Admissions Requirements

Either (i) an upper second class degree, primarily in Economics, from a UK university, or (ii) the equivalent from a non-UK university.

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Programme structure

There is further information on individual modules in the module list section.

Compulsory core components:

  1. Emerging Market Macroeconomics
  2. Micro Development Theory
  3. Either Advanced Microeconomics or Applied Microeconomics 1 plus Applied Microeconomics 2
  4. International Macroeconomics
  5. Econometrics 1 & 2 or Statistics and Econometrics or Econometrics 1 and Applied Microeconometrics

In addition students choose thirty credits of options from:

Category 1 modules:

  • Applied Microeconometrics
  • Design and Analysis of Mechanisms and Institutions
  • Development and Finance
  • Finance and Investment
  • Health and Development
  • Health Care Management
  • Labour Economics
  • Project Appraisal
  • Public Finance
  • Public Sector Economics: Microeconomic Applications

Category 2 modules:

  • Evaluation of Health Policy
  • Public Policy Analysis

NOTES: Timetabling should permit any choice of category “1" options although it might rule out some combinations from category “2" options. 

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