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Full time | Northampton Square | 1 year | SEP

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1 year

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Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Development Economics

Course type


Course Summary

Who is it for?

Want to develop a rewarding career as a development economist in the public or private sector? This course will appeal to you if you have a quantitative background. You will develop your understanding of the key issues in economic development, and explore the economic theory and statistical tools you need to analyse policies and assess their impact on economic and human development.

You have the option of studying full-time over the course of one year or part-time over the course of two years.


The Development Economics MSc will help you:

  • Develop your analytical, quantitative and modelling abilities
  • Develop your knowledge of modern economic theory, at both a micro and macro level
  • Analyse the strengths and weaknesses of the relevant empirical and theoretical research methodology
  • Develop your knowledge of econometric theory and techniques and how they apply to development
  • Critically interpret current research in a combination of fields, namely development, behavioural and experimental economics, financial economics, health economics, macroeconomics, regulation and competition.

Should you wish to pursue further study, the dissertation track can also serve as a stepping stone to an Economics PhD.

Career prospects:

Graduates of this course enjoy a wide range of rewarding employment possibilities, in both the public and private sectors, including consultancy and economic analysis.

As a Masters in Development Economics graduate, you will have the skills to work in:

  • Consulting firms specialising in development.
  • Governmental bodies, such as the Department for International Development (DFID).
  • Major international, financial and development institutions, such as the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund or the United Nations.
  • Overseas Development Institute (ODI), which regularly recruits MSc students for overseas postings.

The MSc also provides a solid academic foundation for students wishing to pursue doctoral research in economics.


This is literature survey path modules.

Tuition fees

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Entry requirements

Student should have some mathematical background (A-level, IB, AP or any other equivalent secondary school qualification) and one of the following: an upper second class degree (or equivalent) Students should have some mathematical background (A-level, IB, AP or any other equivalent secondary school qualification) and an upper second-class undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in one of the following: Economics or a related discipline (e.g. finance); Business, Management, Politics, Law, Accounting, Psychology, Quantitative Sociology or Financial Journalism; a quantitative discipline, such as Mathematics, Engineering, Computer Science or a Natural Science. Students with a good lower second-class degree in one of the above disciplines may be considered on a case-by-case basis.

University information

City, University of London is a leading UK university, with a global vision and a commitment to transforming lives through education. It is home to over 20,000 students, 46% of which are studying at postgraduate level and has over 175,000 alumni from over 180 countries. City is divided into five different academic Schools: School of Arts & Social Sciences The Business School (formerly Cass) School of Health Sciences The City Law...more