Choose Development and International Economics MA

This MA focuses on the problems of economic development in the changing context of the international economic relations. It will also provide a thorough grounding in macroeconomic and microeconomic analysis, in applied econometrics, in a range of approaches for dealing with economic policy issues, and in the long-term historical and conceptual context of contemporary debates in economics.

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Key features

  • This MA is good preparation for work with a range of public and private institutions, including national and international government agencies and non-governmental organisations (NGOs), and commercial organisations in sectors ranging from the City of London to trading and manufacturing businesses of all sizes.
  • Lectures are supplemented by seminars, giving an opportunity for regular feedback and discussion.
  • Guest speakers, conferences and workshops provide an extra dimension to your studies.

What will you study?

You will study core aspects of macro- and microeconomic theory, applied econometrics and economic policy. You will also gain in-depth knowledge of the theory and contemporary issues surrounding international trade, and of the problems that developing countries confront in dealing with the international economic environment. Such problems include trade and development, the effect of foreign direct investment (FDI) on development, and the significance of technology transfer.

The degree culminates in your dissertation, in which you will have the opportunity to carry out in-depth research into a contemporary issue dealing with developing countries, international trade and FDI. You will work with a member of the Economics department who specialises in and pursues research in this area.


Graded problem sets, practical coursework, essays, examinations, policy briefs, and dissertation.

What our students say

Since their launch in 2007, Kingston's Economics MA programmes have been well received. Here are some of the things our current students had to say about the core module, Macroeconomics:

  • "Very good course, good teaching... very well structured [class]."
  • "Very important for my future career."
  • "Well organised and clear lectures...has helped to improve my knowledge on current macroeconomic issues and also on different views by various economists."
  • "Application to the present economic environment."
  • "Seminars allowed for smaller classes and more discussion, which I enjoyed."
  • "Interesting subject and active classes where students are asked to participate."

Course structure

Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list.

Core modules

  • Applied Econometrics and Microeconomic Analysis
  • Development and International Economics
  • Economic Change and Ideas
  • Economics Dissertation
  • Macroeconomic Theory and Policy

Learn a language

You will have the opportunity to study a foreign language, free of charge, during your time at the University as part of the Kingston Language Scheme. Options currently include: Arabic, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.

Cost & Fees

Home and European Union 2016/17

  • MA part time £3,080
  • MA full time £5,600

ELQ (Equivalent Lower Qualification) fee 2016/17

  • MA part time £3,226
  • MA full time £5,865

Overseas (not EU) 2016/17

  • MA part time £7,095
  • MA full time £12,900
Program taught in:
  • English

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