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Development Economics - MSc

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Full time | Canterbury Campus | 1 year | 25-SEP-23

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Full time


1 year

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Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Development Economics

Course type


Course Summary

Master economic theory and use data analysis to address key problems faced by contemporary developing economies. Use your inquisition to explore global poverty, inequality, malnutrition, civil strife and institution failure. Build skills in quantitative research methods and critically analyse the policies aimed to overcome economic underdevelopment.


Pursue careers in national and international organisations, business and the financial sector, and overseas governments by capitalizing on the School’s unique decades-long research expertise in this area.

What you'll learn

Build on your existing knowledge, abilities and skills by developing a deeper understanding of development economics, sustainable economic growth and environmental valuation, whilst choosing modules and areas of interest to specialise in. You’ll develop the skills necessary for independent research and application in the area of development economics.

Teaching and assessment

Assessment is through a wide variety of methods including seminar presentations, extended essays, short projects, in-course tests, examinations, and the dissertation.

Programme aims

The programme aims to:

  • To provide a stimulating education in the principles of Development Economics and their application, in which high quality teaching motivates students to achieve their full potential. The teaching is informed by the research and scholarship of teaching staff.
  • To build on the existing knowledge, abilities and skills of all students, and to develop a deeper understanding of economic theory, empirical analysis and policy applications in their relation to Development Economics.
  • To provide options to enable students to study selected areas of Development Economics in depth.


A postgraduate degree in the area of economics is a particularly valuable and flexible qualification that can open the door to exciting careers in many professions. Our graduates have gone on to work as economists in international organisations, the financial sector, business, UK and overseas governments, and to further postgraduate training and academic careers at Kent, UK and overseas universities. Recent MSc graduates have gone on to work for companies in the UK such as BNP Paribas, AXA, FactSet and PwC.

The School's employability officers and the University's Careers and Employability Service are available throughout the year to offer one-to-one advice and help on all aspects of employability at any stage in your postgraduate studies. We also offer online advice on employability skills, career choices, applications and interview skills.


The dissertation work is carefully structured across the whole academic year. On entry to the MSc programmes, students are made aware of the need to consider their dissertation during the taught part of the programme and to do some preparatory work in terms of selection of research topic and investigation of the availability of data before the beginning of the dissertation working period. They receive guidelines on the writing of economics dissertations and they receive various talks and advice above the researching and writing of their dissertation. Students are allocated an appropriate member of staff as dissertation supervisor.

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Entry requirements

A first or second class honours degree from the UK or an equivalent internationally recognised qualification in a sciences or social sciences subject. Applicants must also have a good level of quantitative skills (eg a pre-university school qualification in mathematics). All applicants are considered on an individual basis and additional qualifications, professional qualifications and relevant experience may also be taken into account when considering applications.

University information

The University of Kent understands students’ passion to progress. Whether gaining advanced skills or joining a global academic research community is their driver, its networks and facilities will help them achieve their ambitions. The university is a leading international higher education institution, with a reputation for academic excellence and the unofficial title of the UK’s ‘European university’. With postgraduate centres in Paris and...more

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