MSc Development Economics


Program Description

Key information

  • Duration: 1-year full time, 2 years part-time
  • Start date: September 2021
  • Apply by: 1 August (International), 1 September (UK/EU)

Become a policy-oriented development economist in government, financial institutions, international organisations or university. Learn how to:

  • evaluate policy
  • deal with complicated issues systematically and creatively
  • use originality in tackling problems.

You’ll explore microeconomic development issues such as poverty, inequality, health, education and labour. We also cover macroeconomic themes relating to economic growth, management of resource wealth, trade and aid.

You have the opportunity to go on a three-month internship at an international organisation or as a research assistant at a university.

Full-time and part-time study

Choose to study this course full time or part time, to fit around your work and family life. Modules for the full-time course are listed below.

For details about the part-time course, contact us at

How will I study?

You’re assessed via unseen written examinations, presentations and a term paper. In addition, you’ll write a 15,000-word dissertation supervised by faculty.


This MSc has an internship variant. This allows you to take a three-month internship break for an approved purpose such as a placement in an international organization or a research assistant post in a university.

The registration period for the MSc is then lengthened by three months. If you're interested in the MSc with an internship, you should apply for the standard MSc as described here and may be transferred to the MSc with an internship after starting the standard MSc.


These modules are running in the academic year 2018/19. We also plan to offer them in future academic years. They may become unavailable due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of such changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.

Core modules

Please note

If you’re receiving – or applying for – USA federal Direct Loan funds, you can’t undertake your placement/internship in the USA. Find out more about American Student Loans and Federal Student Aid

How much does it cost?


  • UK/EU students:£11,450 per year
  • Channel Islands and Isle of Man students:£11,450 per year
  • International students:£20,750 per year

Note that your fees may be subject to an increase on an annual basis.

If you’re studying part-time over two years, you’ll be charged 50% of the equivalent 2018 full-time fee in each year of study. The fee in your second year – if you continue your studies without a break – will be subject to a 2.5% increase (subject to rounding).

Living costs

Find out typical living costs for studying at Sussex

How can I fund my course?

Postgraduate Masters loans

You can borrow up to £10,609 to help with fees and living costs if your course starts on or after 1 August 2018. Loans are available from the Student Loans Company if you’re from the UK or if you’re an EU national studying for a Masters.

Find out more about Postgraduate Masters Loans


Our aim is to ensure that every student who wants to study with us is able to despite financial barriers so that we continue to attract talented and unique individuals.


Your Development Economics MSc at Sussex will improve your ethical awareness, sensitivity and self-confidence while developing your skills in independent thought, problem solving, teamwork, and leadership.

Our graduates have a good track record of success in securing prestigious Overseas Development Institute Fellowships. Others have gone on to careers in:

  • international organisations (for example, World Bank, OECD, IMF, IADB, ADB)
  • UK Government (for example, DfiD and HM Treasury)
  • governments abroad
  • the financial sector
  • consultancies (for example, Oxford Policy Management)
  • academia (both UK and abroad).

Graduate destinations

100% of students from the Department of Economics were in work or further study six months after graduating. Recent University of Sussex Business School graduates have gone on to jobs including:

  • postdoctoral research economist, London School of Economics
  • trainee economist, Office for National Statistics
  • assistant economist, Civil Service Department of Education.

(HESA EPI, Destinations of Post Graduate Leavers of Higher Education 2017 survey)

Last updated Oct 2020

About the School

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