The MSc Development Economics is taught by a team of internationally-respected development economists with a vast amount of experience in the field. Specifically, the use of experimental and behavioural economics puts this group in the forefront of innovative development research internationally. In addition to the global recognition with publication in top academic journals, their research was recognised as internationally excellent in the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF2014).
The programme applies rigorous economic analyses to real-world problems, like poverty and underdevelopment, to identify effective policies. International development organisations and agencies (for example, the World Bank, IMF, DFID, Oxfam, Action Aid, WIDER) increasingly recognise that the study of economic development in a world that is experiencing rapid globalisation requires an approach that is analytically rigorous and, at the same time, problem- and policy-oriented. This programme provides a sound foundation in contemporary development economics and is distinct for the following reasons:
It is unique because it integrates methods, research findings and new insights from behavioural and experimental economics. Compared to traditional development economics courses students acquire more subtle understanding of development processes and more realistic policy analyses.
It provides strong links with the MSc in Impact Evaluation taught within the same School; its two core modules may both be taken as optional modules by students on the MSc in Development Economics. While taught by specialised development economists, the programme is housed in the multi- and inter-disciplinary School of International Development. Students may take up to two out of their six taught modules from a long list of modules taught by political scientists, anthropologists, specialists on natural resource, gender, and education.
The Master’s degree provides excellent employability prospects, with graduates employed in both development and non-development organisations, including international organisations, academia, NGOs, government ministries and the private sector. It also provides a solid master’s training to those who want to pursue their PhD studies in development.
The MSc Development Economics degree is offered over one year full-time, or two years part-time.
Our Masters courses require students to undertake 180 credits:
- Compulsory and Optional modules (120 credits)
- Examination (20 credits)
- Dissertation (40 credits)
Students will receive detailed module outlines, including information about lectures and seminars, full reading lists and assessments once they have registered at the beginning of their course.
Professional, Employability and Practical Skills
A range of optional seminars and workshops are offered during your Masters programme for the teaching and strengthening of student skills. Sessions to support learning - in particular essay and dissertation writing - occur throughout the year. Development practice training is also provided. Please click to access further information about the Skills Training and Development Practice programme.
The Behavioural and Experimental Development Economics Research Group
Research in the School of International Development addresses contemporary challenges in developing and transition economies via disciplinary and multi/interdisciplinary approaches. Research is organised into a series of Research Groups. Please click to access further information about the Behavioural and Experiemental Development Economics Research Group and our current research projects.
- Degree Subject: Social Science with a strong background in Economics.
- Degree Classification: 2.1 or equivalent
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Last updated December 17, 2015