Master in Economic Development

University of Southern Denmark

Program Description

Master in Economic Development

University of Southern Denmark

Master in Economics - Economic Development (MSc)

The profile provides you with a comprehensive theoretical and hands-on knowledge about growth processes and with an understanding of variations in growth across regions, countries and time.

Why did Europe and its overseas offshoots suddenly experience a growth takeoff in the 19th century despite millennia of stagnation? Why were Japan and the East Asian tigers able to catch-up in, respectively, the third and fourth quarter of the 20th century? And can China repeat this achievement, or will it perhaps fall prey to the so-called middle-income trap? Why is real income per capita in the U.S. twenty times that of Bangladesh? Are there limits to growth? The aim of this profile is to provide you with a comprehensive knowledge about the leading theories and the empirical methods that are used to address these and similar questions.

Teaching methods

The year is divided into two semesters: The autumn semester begins on September 1st and ends just before Christmas. The spring semester begins on February 1st and ends around May/June.
The teaching takes place primarily as lectures and possibly with practical assignment lessons as supplements. Furthermore, individual supervision can occur.

The student must purchase books and other educational material on his/her own.

Examination types

Each course is completed with an exam. The examination types vary, but can take form as e.g. a written exam, an oral exam, a take-home assignment or a multiple-choice test. The examination type for the individual course will be stated in the course description.

Career opportunities

Students who specialize in Economic Development will be qualified for jobs in international institutions working with questions of long-run economic growth and development such as the OECD, the IMF, and the World Bank. Students will also be of interest to national organizations working with such issues; these include the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Finance, the Central Bank, various NGOs, as well as consultancy firms.

Entry requirements

The admission requirement for the M.Sc. in Economics (cand.oecon.) in Econimics development is the Danish three-year Bachelor of Science in Economics, Bachelor of Science in Economics and Business Administration (HA) or Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Economy.

Applicants with other relevant backgrounds can also apply. The applications will be evaluated on an individual basis. It may be required of the applicants to take supplementary courses.

This school offers programs in:
  • English
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2017
2 years
Full time
8,500 EUR
Start date Sept. 2017
Denmark Odense
Application deadline Request Info
End date Request Info
Duration 2 years
Price 8,500 EUR
Price for non EU/EEA students, per year