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Overview Explore best practice methods in development economics with special emphasis on emerging market economies


Length

1 year full-time

Our intellectually-challenging MSc in Development Economics and Emerging Markets will equip you with the skills crucial to your interests and career ambitions in development economics. You'll join a vibrant programme which provides a structured transition to independent research.

Taught by leading researchers in the field, you'll gain a sound training in best practice methods of theory and applications in development economics with special emphasis on emerging market economies. You'll also have the opportunity to follow specialist pathways in, for example, finance and health.

‚ÄčThe Department of Economics and Related Studies is one of the largest economics departments in the UK. It is ranked in the top 10 in the UK and top 100 in the world based on reputation and research citations.

Since its foundation, members of the Department have made pioneering contributions in areas including economic theory, econometrics, finance and macroeconomics. York is one of only three UK institutions to receive five stars from the Centre of Higher Education Development for postgraduate economics.

Course content What you’ll study


General

During your time at York, you'll learn to problem-solve and apply economics to development contexts. You'll study five compulsory core components, supplemented by a wide choice of optional units. The flexible course structure means you can follow specific pathways, for example, in finance and health. As well as taught modules you'll also complete a dissertation.

Modules

For the Masters you'll need to take 100 credits of taught modules, as well as submitting a dissertation worth 80 credits.

The compulsory core modules are:

  1. Emerging Market Macroeconomics (10 credits)
  2. Development Economics: Theory and Evidence (10 credits)
  3. Either Advanced Microeconomics or Applied Microeconomics 1 plus Applied Microeconomics 2 (20 credits)
  4. International Macroeconomics (10 credits)
  5. Econometrics 1 & 2 or Statistics and Econometrics or Econometrics 1 and Applied Microeconometrics (20 credits)

In addition, you can choose 30 credits of options from:

  • Applied Microeconometrics (10 credits)
  • Design and Analysis of Mechanisms and Institutions (10 credits)
  • Development and Finance (10 credits)
  • Evaluation of Health Policy (10 credits)
  • Experimental Economics (10 credits)
  • Health and Development (10 credits)
  • Labour Economics (10 credits)
  • Public Finance (10 credits)
  • Public Sector Economics: Microeconomic Applications (10 credits)

A full list and descriptions of modules are available.

Dissertation

You'll complete a piece of independent research carried out over three months of the summer, guided by a supervisor. The dissertation, of up to 10,000 words, is worth 80 credits and offers you the chance to examine a topic in depth and to develop your academic research skills.

Teaching and assessment How you’ll be taught and assessed


Teaching format

This Masters combines a variety of different teaching methods, including:

  • Formal lectures
  • Seminars
  • Problem-solving classes
  • Practical computer-based sessions.

A member of the teaching staff will act as your supervisor throughout the degree, to help guide your studies and monitor progress.

The department also has a vibrant research community. You’ll be able to attend the seminars and research workshops in which staff and invited speakers discuss their research.

Assessments

Formal types of assessment in this course include:

  • Dissertation
  • Exams
  • Group project
  • Seminar presentation
  • Essays

As you study modules you’ll take part in assessments that do not contribute to your final mark, instead giving useful feedback on your progress and understanding.

Careers Where you’ll go from here


The Masters degree provides the essential research training you'll need for a career in economics and development. It is an ideal basis for a career in a government or non-government organisation at the international and national level, or for progression to a PhD.

Career opportunities

You'll gain the skills you need to work in a variety of organisations:

  • Universities
  • International financial institutions (eg World Bank, IMF, UN organisations)
  • Government organisations (eg the UK's Department for International Development)
  • NGO sector
  • Consultancies

Transferable skills

You'll develop a range of transferable skills during the course, including:

  • Independent working
  • Time management and people skills
  • Communicating research
  • Performing statistical analysis
  • Analytical and technical research skills

Entry requirements How to get here


Course entry

You should have at least a 2:1 degree from a UK university, primarily in economics, or the equivalent from a non-UK university.

If you do not have a strong background in economics, but have other relevant qualifications or experience, you can take a Summer Session course in Economics and Quantitative Methods.

You can apply and send all your documentation electronically through our online system, which allows you to save your progress and return later to finish. If you're unable to apply online, you can submit a paper application.

International options

Visit general guidance on international entry requirements or email international@york.ac.uk for further details for this course.

English language

If your native language is not English, you must provide evidence of your English language ability:

  • IELTS: 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component
  • Pearson (PTE) Academic: 61 overall with a minimum of 55 in each component.

We also accept other English tests. Visit postgraduate English language requirements for further information.

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