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MSc Development Economics and Emerging Markets

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

2017/18 entry

Length

1 year full-time

Start date

September 2017 (term dates)

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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.

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Course content

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'll 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.

* Please note, modules may change to reflect the latest academic thinking and expertise of our staff.

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.

Fees and funding

Annual tuition fees for 2017/18

Study modeUK/EUInternational
Full-time (1 year)£6,760£16,290

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UK/EU or international fees? The level of fee that you will be asked to pay depends on whether you're classed as a UK/EU or international student.

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If you've successfully completed an undergraduate degree at York you could be eligible for a 10% Masters fee discount.

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Living costs

You can use our living costs guide to help plan your budget. It covers accommodation costs and estimated social costs.

Teaching and assessment

You’ll work with world‐leading academics who’ll challenge you to think independently and excel in all that you do. Our approach to teaching will provide you with the knowledge, opportunities, and support you need to grow and succeed in a global workplace. Find out more about our approach to teaching and learning.

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.

Teaching location

You'll be based in the Department of Economics and Related Studies on Campus West. Most of your teaching will take place in Alcuin College and elsewhere on Campus West.

Course location

Our beautiful green campus offers a student-friendly setting in which to live and study, within easy reach of the action in the city centre. It's easy to get around campus - everything is within walking or pedalling distance, or you can always use the fast and frequent bus service.

Assessment and feedback

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 and skills

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

Qualification Grade
Degree

You should have at least a 2:1 degree from a UK university, primarily in Economics.

If your first degree was awarded by an institution outside the UK, see our country-specific information.

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.

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.

Applying

You can apply and send all your documentation electronically through our online system. You don’t need to complete your application all at once: you can start it, save it and finish it later.

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