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Emerging Economies and International Development MSc

Emerging Economies and International Development MSc

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Full time | Strand Campus | 1 year | SEP

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Full time


1 year

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Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

International Studies Development Economics Development Politics

Course type


Course Summary


Our Emerging Economies & International Development MSc offers a distinctive approach to the study of development by focusing on emerging economies. We combine distinct disciplinary training on subjects like development theory, political economy and social policy with applied case studies on particular countries and regions.

Course detail

Our MSc course provides you with high-quality post-graduate teaching and research training in the analysis of emerging economies. It offers a distinctive approach to the study of development by focusing on rising economic powers and some of the questions surrounding their emergence as key players in global politics and the economy. It also draws on social scientific expertise from across other departments in the Faculties of Social Sciences & Public Policy and Arts & Humanities. This course focuses on reviewing economic development theory to ask whether emerging economies offer a new model or models of development. It looks at the strategies that they have adopted to promote development, how inclusive and sustainable or enduring these new strategies are and how emerging markets solve the difficult problems of promoting growth over the longer term. While investigating this last question we will discuss how these countries handle the development and diffusion of technology, how they manage trade and financial flows, how they balance the role of the state and the market, and how they deal with problems of institutional development and weak systems of law and accountability.

Teaching and assessment

We will use a delivery method that will ensure students have a rich, exciting experience from the start. Face to face teaching will be complemented and supported with innovative technology so that students also experience elements of digital learning and assessment. Your performance on taught modules in the Department of International Development will be assessed through a combination of coursework and written/practical examinations. Forms of assessment may typically include individual essays, oral group presentations or group reports. The dissertation module is assessed by a proposal and a 12,000-word dissertation.

Career prospects

Our course provides you with high-quality graduate research training that will greatly enhance your employability in the development sector, both in the UK and other OECD countries, as well as in ‘emerging economies’. You can also transfer the skills to a career in consultancy organisations, private sector companies with global operations and government offices. Our course is ideal if you are an international student seeking specialist training and/or government employment.


This module introduces students to the main theories of development as they have emerged since the mid-20th century, laying the groundwork for understanding the tensions and questions raised in theorising about development in emerging economies thus allowing students to unpack a range of development theories with regard to economic development, the role of states, markets and institutions, institutional political economy, aid, global governance, and critiques of development. Students will critically appraise development theories grounded in contrasting or complementary political, ideological, and disciplinary approaches; students will be given the tools to critically think about different approaches to development in emerging economies and be prompted to situate themselves in development theory. The module is interdisciplinary and therefore each set of theories will be taught by DID experts in the respective fields.
Dissertation and Research Methods (60 Credits)

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Entry requirements

Bachelor's degree with 2:1 honours in such related subjects as international development, politics, economics or other social science or regional studies. You will also be considered if you have professional development-related work experience.