MSc in Economics and Finance for Development

University of Bradford

Program Description

MSc in Economics and Finance for Development

University of Bradford

This course will provide you with a systematic understanding of economic approaches to development and in particular, the role of finance and financial institutions. Students will be able to evaluate the merits of the various mechanisms of financing development and to understand the bases for fiscal policy.

During the course, you will develop the skills required for the analysis of development issues, and to understand the interlinkages between statistics and econometrics, and develop expertise on international trade and exchange rate policies and related economic matters. Additionally, students have the opportunity to study a range of options covering project and programme management, public policy, and development policy.

Entry requirements

A typical application would include a good Honours degree or equivalent. However, the University welcomes applications from all potential students regardless of their previous academic experience; offers are made following detailed consideration of each individual application.

English language requirements

IELTS at 6.0 or the equivalent

If you do not meet the IELTS requirement, you can take a University of Bradford pre-sessional English course.

What you will study

Please note that for 2019 entry, the module information is subject to change.



  • Economic Growth and Development (DEV7007-B)
  • Applied Econometrics (DEV7024-B)
  • International Economics (DEV7008-B)
  • Finance for Development (DEV7001-B)
  • Dissertation (PES7040-E)


  • Project Planning and Design (DEV7033-B)
  • Project Appraisal (DEV7032-B)
  • Assessing Development Needs and Outcomes (DEV7036-B)
  • Natural Resource Governance (PES7045-B)
  • Project Implementation and Management (DEV7031-B)
  • Sustainable Cities (PES7052-B)
  • Gender, Conflict, and Development (PES7041-B)
  • International Environmental Governance (PES7042-B)
  • Africa Study Visit (PES7034-B)
  • Middle East Politics and Security Dynamics (PES7043-B)


Learning and assessment

Most teaching is lecture or group-based for modules, while individual supervisors provide specialist guidance during dissertation writing (starting in Semester 2). Hence, as the programmes progress, the main learning method gradually becomes more individualized and student-centered.

The programme starts with an intensive induction week to develop your learning and personal development planning skills and to provide an introduction to IT and library resources. Additional group and one to one support is provided for you if you require it. You are introduced to academic writing, research and analytical skills as part of the preparation for writing your dissertation.

To ensure the systematic development of knowledge of key subjects, modules are assessed by a variety of assessments in addition to essays and formal examinations. Group work, where the assessment may be based on a report or a presentation, provides you with both teamwork experience and practice in different ways of expressing arguments and information. Some modules may also use problem-solving exercises or ask you to develop a portfolio of your work.

Career prospects

On completion of this qualification, you may go on to work in an economics or finance policy capacity in government, the private sector, in development agencies (e.g. regional or national development banks) or in the third sector in a capacity relating to economics and finance (e.g. microfinance or enterprise support and development).

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated September 12, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2019
1 year
Full time
15,650 GBP
International students. Home/EU: £6,680 per year.
United Kingdom - Bradford, England
Start date : Sept. 2019
Application deadline Request Info
End date Sept. 30, 2019
Sept. 2019
United Kingdom - Bradford, England
Application deadline Request Info
End date Sept. 30, 2019