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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. Read more

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.

Objectives

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.

Academic facilities

As a Masters student at City, you will benefit from our excellent London location, which places you in close proximity to the centres of decision-making in development economics. For example, we are just six tube stops away from the Department for International Development.

Teaching and learning

Your teaching consists of a flexible combination of lectures, classes and computer lab sessions:

  • Lectures: Will introduce you to key theories, concepts and economic models.
  • Classes: You will have the opportunity to solve problems, run empirical studies, analyse the results of existing studies and make presentations of research published in academic journals.
  • Computer labs: Gain practical experience of using computer software to run regressions to analyse models and policies and perform statistical tests.

In addition, econometric methods will be taught in lab sessions, so you will have the opportunity to apply econometric software to empirical research in development economics.

When appropriate "practitioner slots" will be incorporated into module delivery, such as research seminars conducted by external experts in development policies and presentations by invited academics.

Assessments

Assessments are typically a combination of unseen written examinations (70% for each module) and coursework (30% for each module), but this can vary by module.

The teaching takes place over two terms, from September to June. Full-time students who pass all the taught modules during the main exam sessions finish the programme at the end of September when they submit their dissertation or literature review. Full-time students who successfully complete the taught modules in the August re-sit exam session submit their dissertation or literature review in December.

Part-time students complete their modules over the course of four terms, from September to June, before undertaking their dissertation or literature review.

Pre-sessionals

Pre-sessional activities covering Micro-and Macroeconomics, Stata, Excel, Probability and Mathematics run in September before the start of term. These are available for all students who secure a place on the MSc Development Economics course. Pre-sessionals are included in your degree fee and are designed to prepare you for the course. We therefore strongly encourage you to make every effort to attend. Dates of the sessions are as follows:

  • Stata – date TBC
  • Mathematics – date TBC
  • Microeconomics – date TBC
  • Excel – date TBC
  • Probability – date TBC
  • Macroeconomics – date TBC

You are not required to register for the above pre-sessionals, you just need to turn up on the day. Further information, such as the exact times and locations will be provided in your induction schedule.

Modules

You will complete 180 credits. This includes taught modules worth 120 credits, plus 60 credits through either of the following paths:

  • Literature Survey: two extra taught elective modules of 15 credits each and a Literature Survey worth 30 credits
  • Dissertation: a 60 credit Economics Research Project.

Each module typically has a weekly two-hour lecture and a one-hour tutorial, but this may vary.

It is not possible to give an exact indication of hours per week, as these can vary from one term to the other, depending on which electives you choose.

Modules for the dissertation path

Core modules

  • The Economics of Micro-Finance (15 credits)
  • Development Economics (15 credits)
  • Microeconomic Theory (30 credits)
  • Econometrics (30 credits)
  • Dissertation (60 credits)

Elective modules

  • Asset Pricing (15 credits)
  • Macroeconomics (15 credits)

Modules for the literature survey path

Core modules

  • The Economics of Micro-Finance (15 credits)
  • Development Economics (15 credits)
  • Microeconomic Analysis (30 credits)
  • Quantitative Methods (30 credits)
  • Literature Survey (30 credits)

Elective modules

  • Welfare Economics (15 credits)

Elective modules for both paths

  • International Macroeconomics (15 credits)
  • Economics of Regulation and Competition (15 credits)
  • Health Economics (15 credits)
  • History of Economic Thought (15 credits)
  • Corporate Finance (15 credits)
  • Experimental Economics and Game Theory (15 credits)
  • Development and World Politics (15 credits)*
  • Political Economy of Global Finance (15 credits)*
  • The Politics of Forced Migration (15 credits)*

* Students on the dissertation path can take only 1 of these modules, which are taught in the Department of International Politics. Students on the literature survey path can take up to 2 of these modules.

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.



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All the courses offered by the Department of Economics approach the subject matter from a development perspective. Students on the MSc Development Economics will complete courses on macro, micro, quantitative methods and growth. Read more
All the courses offered by the Department of Economics approach the subject matter from a development perspective. Students on the MSc Development Economics will complete courses on macro, micro, quantitative methods and growth. In addition, students must take three optional courses and complete a dissertation in an area of applied economics.
The objectives of the programme are:

- To enable students to apply the principles of economic analysis to the design of economic policy
- To teach postgraduates the technical and analytical skills to qualify them to practice as professional economists
- To enable practicing professional economists to improve and update their skills and knowledge
- To impart the skills and knowledge that enable students to progress towards PhD research

Students will benefit from studying with experts in development economics within the Department. More broadly, students will benefit from the Department's Political Economy of Development seminar series and other open lectures offered in the School.

All students are required to complete the compulsory preliminary course in Mathematics and Statistics (including Computing) to begin studying on this programme. This course is taught over a three week period from the beginning of September covering mathematics, statistics and computing. For further information about this course including a timetable please see here: Preliminary maths and Statistics Course (https://www.soas.ac.uk/courseunits/15PECC050.html)

Visit the website http://www.soas.ac.uk/economics/programmes/mscdevecon/

Structure

The MSc Development Economics is a taught Masters degree, taught within a structures programme being obtained mainly by research and dissertation. It consists of eight course modules delivered through lectures, classes, and tutorials and an 8,000-word dissertation. The degree is awarded on the basis of examinations written in May and a dissertation which is submitted in September. All students must complete and pass the Basic Mathematics and Statistics course which is taught over three weeks in August/ September before the start of the core courses of the MSc.

The structure of the modules for this programme is similar to the MSc Economics with reference to a certain area courses except that students have three modules for their options. A complete list of courses in the programme is listed below, not all of which are offered in any single year. Please note that some courses may be taught in other departments of the School. CORE All students need to choose eight courses from the list below. A 8,000-word dissertation on an approved topic is compulsory and is in addition to the taught courses.

Programme Specification 2015/2016 (pdf; 57kb) - http://www.soas.ac.uk/economics/programmes/mscdevecon/file39829.pdf

Teaching & Learning

The MSc includes eight taught modules plus a preliminary course in Mathematics and Statistics and an 8,000-word dissertation.
The courses are taught in seminar groups and lectures. The degrees are awarded on the basis of assessed coursework, examinations and the dissertation.

The MSc degrees are taught over a period of twelve months of full-time study within a structured programme. In the case of part-time study, the degrees will be taught over two or three years. Four modules are studied each year, with the dissertation normally being completed in the second year.

- Lectures

Most courses involve a 50-minute lecture as a key component with linked tutorial classes.

- Seminars

At Masters level there is particular emphasis on seminar work. Students make full-scale presentations and are expected to write papers that often require significant independent work.

- Dissertation

Students are required to complete an 8,000-word dissertation in applied economics.

Learning Resources

- SOAS Library

SOAS Library is one of the world's most important academic libraries for the study of Africa, Asia and the Middle East, attracting scholars from all over the world. The Library houses over 1.2 million volumes, together with significant archival holdings, special collections and a growing network of electronic resources.

Pre Entry Reading

- Preliminary Mathematics and Statistics Course

Our MSc programmes attract students with a wide range of backgrounds including many who have worked for a few years before coming to SOAS. Our popular quantitative courses are designed to be accessible to all of our students including those with a relatively small quantitative component in their first degree. Our well-received quantitative courses focus on applying basic methods used in empirical research. They equip students to carry out their own high quality empirical work and critically evaluate research, with relatively little emphasis on advanced econometric theory and mathematical proofs.

Our quantitative methods teaching begins with a three-week preliminary course in mathematics, statistics and computing. The objective of the course is to review the basic quantitative skills assumed once formal teaching commences. This course is compulsory. Further details (http://www.soas.ac.uk/courseunits/15PECC050.html).

Employment

A postgraduate degree in Development Economics from SOAS equips students with a range of important skills to continue in the field of research as well as a portfolio of widely transferable employability skills valued by a wide range of employers. These include numeracy, analytical thinking and general skills such as organisation and effective communication skills. In addition the study of Economics gives students particular problem solving skills including: abstraction, analysis, quantification, strategic thinking and adaptability.

Postgraduate students from the SOAS MSc in Development Economics have followed successful have followed successful careers in both academic work and also in international banking and financial analysis, in national governments in many parts of the world, in international development agencies and in a range of non-government
organisations. A postgraduate degree is a valuable experience that provides students with a body of work and a diverse range of skills that they can use to market themselves with when they graduate.

For more information about Graduate Destinations from this department, please visit the Careers Service website (http://www.soas.ac.uk/careers/graduate-destinations/).

Find out how to apply here - http://www.soas.ac.uk/admissions/pg/howtoapply/

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MSc Development Economics and Policy provides training in contemporary economic theory, applied economics and quantitative methods relevant to developing and transitional economies. Run jointly by the . Read more

MSc Development Economics and Policy provides training in contemporary economic theory, applied economics and quantitative methods relevant to developing and transitional economies. Run jointly by the Global Development Institute (School of Environment, Education and Development) and Economics(School of Social Sciences), the course is especially appropriate if you're seeking to practice as a development economist in government, the private sector, a multilateral organisation or an NGO.

In addition to studying four compulsory course units, you'll have the opportunity to specialise in particular areas of the subject via four optional course units and a dissertation.

The theory course units provide a thorough training in both contemporary macro- and micro- development theory. Applied and optional course units offer you an opportunity to understand development problems and policy prescriptions within both global and national economic contexts.

The quantitative course units, which include an applied development project, enable you to test theories through the use of data sets and provide training in standard econometrics techniques and up-to-date econometrics software packages.

You'll also undertake independent research between June and September in the form of an approved dissertation.

Informal enquiries, prior to applications, are welcomed. Please contact Dr Osman Ouattara, Programme Director (  ).

Aims

In particular, at the end of the programme study fellows will be able to:

  • Read and understand the leading applied economics and development economics journals.
  • Understand the main economic models and key indicators from which development policies are derived and offer a critique of underlying theories.
  • Through the preparation of a dissertation and/or the applied development economics project explore the relationship between theory and practice, test theories through the use of actual data sets, and demonstrate familiarity with standard econometric techniques and appropriate econometric software packages.
  • Demonstrate the skills demanded of an academic researcher in development economics or a staff advisor in a government department, non-government organisation or commercial organisation.
  • Undertake independent research, as evidenced by the completion of a dissertation.

Teaching and learning

Part-time Study 

Part-time students complete the full-time programme over 27 months.  There are NO evening or weekend course units available on the part-time programme, therefore if you are considering taking a programme on a part-time basis, you should discuss the requirements with the Programme Director first and seek approval from your employer to have the relevant time off. Timetabling information is normally available from late August from the Programme Administrator and you will have the opportunity to discuss course unit choices during induction week with the Programme Director.

Coursework and assessment

The taught elements of the programme, carrying 120 credits overall is continuously assessed by a variety of methods (project based reports, essays), involving largely individual submissions, but also elements of group work.

Participants must also complete a 12,000-15,000 word dissertation on a topic of their choice approved by the Programme Directors. Students are encouraged to base their dissertations on topics of direct professional concern to themselves.

Facilities

The Arthur Lewis Building provides excellent resources including analytical laboratories, studio facilities, workshops, seminar rooms, an on-site cafe and dedicated computer clusters including GIS facilities.

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email: 

Career opportunities

This course equips you with the skills necessary to take up specialist positions in development-related public and private sector organisations, both in the UK and overseas, NGOs and international bodies. It also provides the first year of basic training for those wishing to pursue a research degree (PhD/MPhil) in this subject area.



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Explore best practice methods in development economics with special emphasis on emerging market economies. Our intellectually-challenging MSc in Development Economics and Emerging Markets will equip you with the skills crucial to your interests and career ambitions in development economics. Read more
Explore best practice methods in development economics with special emphasis on emerging market economies.

Overview

Our intellectually-challenging MSc in Development Economics and Emerging Markets will equip you with the skills crucial to your interests and career ambitions in development economics. You'll join a vibrant programme which provides a structured transition to independent research.

Taught by leading researchers in the field, you'll gain a sound training in best practice methods of theory and applications in development economics with special emphasis on emerging market economies. You'll also have the opportunity to follow specialist pathways in, for example, finance and health.

The Department of Economics and Related Studies is one of the largest economics departments in the UK. It is ranked in the top 10 in the UK and top 100 in the world based on reputation and research citations.

Since its foundation, members of the Department have made pioneering contributions in areas including economic theory, econometrics, finance and macroeconomics. York is one of only three UK institutions to receive five stars from the Centre of Higher Education Development for postgraduate economics.

Course Content

During your time at York, you'll learn to problem-solve and apply economics to development contexts. You'll study five compulsory core components, supplemented by a wide choice of optional units. The flexible course structure means you can follow specific pathways, for example, in finance and health. As well as taught modules you'll also complete a dissertation.

Careers

The Masters degree provides the essential research training you'll need for a career in economics and development. It is an ideal basis for a career in a government or non-government organisation at the international and national level, or for progression to a PhD.

Career opportunities
You'll gain the skills you need to work in a variety of organisations:
-Universities
-International financial institutions (eg World Bank, IMF, UN organisations)
-Government organisations (eg the UK's Department for International Development)
-NGO sector
-Consultancies

Transferable skills
You'll develop a range of transferable skills during the course, including:
-Independent working
-Time management and people skills
-Communicating research
-Performing statistical analysis
-Analytical and technical research skills

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This two-year course is suitable for students who do not meet the entry requirements for a one-year MSc course, including students who have graduated in an unrelated discipline. Read more

This two-year course is suitable for students who do not meet the entry requirements for a one-year MSc course, including students who have graduated in an unrelated discipline.

On successful completion of the pre-Masters year you will progress to an MSc Development Economics programme in the Department of Economics.

MSc Development Economics

The MSc in Development Economics is one of the Department's newer taught MSc programmes and it reflects the Department's growing strength in both theoretical and applied policy areas, particularly as they relate to developing countries.

Pre-Masters

One third of your pre-Masters year will be spent developing your English skills and academic skills; allowing you to approach academic reading and writing with confidence. You will also develop analytical and mathematical skills in your Economics modules.

Aimed at highly motivated international learners with an excellent academic record, the pre-Masters year is designed to bridge the gap between your current qualification and the postgraduate programme at Birmingham. You will develop both subject specific knowledge in the area of Economics and your academic English.

Course details

You will take Economics modules including Microeconomics, Macroeconomics and Introductory Econometrics, together with an optional module. These modules will ensure that you have the knowledge and technical base that you need to succeed on one of our MSc programmes. Studying alongside undergraduate students will fully prepare you for the demands of a UK postgraduate course, as well as allowing you to adjust to UK learning and assessment styles.

One third of your pre-Masters year will be spent developing your English skills and academic skills; allowing you to approach academic reading and writing with confidence. You will also develop analytical and mathematical skills in your Economics modules.

Learning and teaching

The MSc programmes provide students with an advanced training in core areas of economics, while also enabling them to specialise according to their interests. They reflect the rapid expansion of the subject in recent years, and deal with topical issues. 

The aim is to train students for careers as economists or managers in commerce, industry, banking, financial services or the public sector. Module assignments, and in particular the dissertation, provide an initial training in the kind of skills needed for the independent investigations which are likely to be important in professional careers. 

For students proceeding to research training, the MSc programmes provide much of the basic methodology and techniques required.

Employability

Careers in Business is a dedicated service for postgraduate Business School students. We support you in planning your career, deciding upon your job seeking strategies, making applications, preparing for interviews and assessment centres and developing your skills. At the start of your programme you will receive an email from the Careers in Business team giving details of how you can access Careers in Business Online. 

A Skills Development Consultant is available to support you in developing personal skills such as team working, leadership, presentations and interpersonal skills. Individual 45 minute appointments can be made through Careers in Business Online.

Please see further general information on Careers



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Course outline

Do you want to know how economic and policy instruments can spur growth of a country, how to assess the impact of a policy measure, or how to efficiently help developing countries reach adequate living standards? If you would like to do your own research in this field one day or work with governments and aid agencies advising them on current development issues, our MSc by Research in Development Economics might be just the right study for you.

The Master’s by research programme offered by IBS allows you to pursue your own theories and ideas and contribute to research in your field. The emphasis of our Master’s by research programme is on independent research and one-on-one consultations.

IBS welcomes research proposals that match or are similar to IBS staff’s current research topics and/or fall within the potential supervisors’ areas of expertise. For a list of IBS faculty members with full supervisory privileges who are affiliated with this programme, please refer to the list below. (N.B. The list is not a comprehensive register of all potential supervisors as faculty from other programmes or faculty members without full supervisory privileges may request approval to supervise graduate students in this programme.)

Teaching methods

The programme does not offer systematic instruction to development economics; instead, the emphasis is on independent research and one-to-one supervision.

During the programme there is a close working relationship between student and supervisor. While the final thesis must be an independent work, it is the supervisor who offers advice on refining the topic (if necessary), on primary sources, on secondary reading, on research techniques and on writing the final text (which should be not more than 40,000 words). The supervisor shall always be the student’s primary contact for academic advice and support.

Selection process

Candidates apply online, sending in their supporting documents, and will be assessed on this basis by the Programme Director.

Students have to consult with their supervisors on the campus 12 times per year. At the end of the programme the viva voce examination is also held on the Budapest campus.



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The MSc in Economics and Development Economics is a high quality taught graduate course in economics which has ESRC recognition under its "1+3" awards system. Read more
The MSc in Economics and Development Economics is a high quality taught graduate course in economics which has ESRC recognition under its "1+3" awards system. The course is specifically designed to train students in the use of analytic and quantitative methods in examining economic issues, and to provide research training of the level required to proceed to a PhD programme in Economics. The course includes core Economic Theory modules, with specialised modules to inform students of current theories, issues and evidence in economic analysis as applied to developing countries.

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Emerging and developing economies are fast becoming a force to be reckoned with on the global arena. Formal and technical analysis of these economies is an essential part of continuing Third World development. Read more

Emerging and developing economies are fast becoming a force to be reckoned with on the global arena. Formal and technical analysis of these economies is an essential part of continuing Third World development. Specialised courses in development theory, development policy and econometrics will hone your analytic, technical and research skills as you prepare for your career in the industry. The MSc in Development Economics reflects our growing strength in both theoretical and applied policy areas, particularly as they relate to developing countries.

Course details

This programme reflects our strength in both theoretical and applied policy areas, particularly as they concern emerging and developing countries. A technical training in the formal analysis of developmental economics is vital to careers involving developing countries.

Through the delivery of specialised courses in development theory, development policy and econometrics, students are provided with the analytic and technical training necessary to examine various issues pertaining to economic development in both developed and developing countries.

The skills acquired through this program can be utilised in the private and public sectors, as well as international institutions. Additionally, the programme provides appropriate training for doctoral research. 

Learning and teaching

The MSc programmes provide students with an advanced training in core areas of economics, while also enabling them to specialise according to their interests. They reflect the rapid expansion of the subject in recent years, and deal with topical issues. 

The aim is to train students for careers as economists or managers in commerce, industry, banking, financial services or the public sector. Module assignments, and in particular the dissertation, provide an initial training in the kind of skills needed for the independent investigations which are likely to be important in professional careers.

For students proceeding to research training, the MSc programmes provide much of the basic methodology and techniques required.

Employability

Careers in Business

Careers in Business is a dedicated service for postgraduate Business School students. We’ll help you in all aspects of your career management, from planning your job-seeking strategies, applying for jobs, preparing for interviews and assessment centres and developing your essential employability skills. At the start of your programme you will receive an email from our team, giving details of how you can access Careers in Business Online. Please get in touch to find out how our Careers in Business team can support you.



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This MSc applies rigorous economic analyses to real-world problems like poverty and underdevelopment to identify effective policies. Read more
This MSc applies rigorous economic analyses to real-world problems like poverty and underdevelopment to identify effective policies.

International development organisations and agencies increasingly recognise that the study of economic development in a world experiencing rapid globalisation requires an approach that is analytically rigorous and, at the same time, problem and policy oriented. This MSc integrates methods, research findings and new insights from behavioural and experimental economics. Compared to traditional development economics courses students acquire more subtle understanding of development processes and more realistic policy analyses.

While taught by specialised development economists, the MSc is housed in the multi and inter disciplinary School of International Development. Students may take up to two out of their six taught modules from a long list of modules taught by political scientists, anthropologists, specialists on natural resource, gender, and education.

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The rapid pace of globalization has increased the demand for professionals with training in international economics and economic development. Read more
The rapid pace of globalization has increased the demand for professionals with training in international economics and economic development. Our one of a kind Master's in International and Development Economics (IDEC) provides students with the knowledge and skills to understand how market forces can be harnessed to empower developing countries to break from cycles of poverty.

International Fieldwork

During the summer, you’ll form a small group with fellow students to collect primary data and access secondary data as part of an internship or partnership with an international institution. Your research will be the basis for your master’s thesis, which you’ll develop under your adviser’s supervision.

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What is the economic impact of climate change? Must we sacrifice the environment to develop our economies? Can natural resources be developed sustainably? How can nations overcome low incomes and poor health? These are some of the important questions investigated in the Master of Arts in Environmental, Resource and Development Economics (ERDE) at the University of Winnipeg. Read more
What is the economic impact of climate change? Must we sacrifice the environment to develop our economies? Can natural resources be developed sustainably? How can nations overcome low incomes and poor health? These are some of the important questions investigated in the Master of Arts in Environmental, Resource and Development Economics (ERDE) at the University of Winnipeg. Graduates analyze how social, environmental and economic issues interact with one another on local and global levels.

As an ERDE student you will obtain proficiency in economic analysis, and apply this knowledge to issues surrounding low-income communities, resource use, and the environment. You will learn from dedicated faculty who are captivated by these topics, and conduct cutting edge research in these areas.

The demand for professional economists with strong analytical skills and practical knowledge in the area of sustainable development has been growing. The ERDE program caters to this demand on the part of employers, whether in the public, private or nongovernmental sectors.

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In this double degree (with the University of Göttingen, Germany) you will get specialised knowledge of international markets and the global interconnections of national economies. Read more
In this double degree (with the University of Göttingen, Germany) you will get specialised knowledge of international markets and the global interconnections of national economies.

Unique is the combination of topics in the field of international business and international economics, and the attention paid to the links between both fields.

You will acquire:
-Knowledge and expertise in the ways individual, group and organizational factors influence organizational performance, problem solving and strategic decision making.
- Insight into the consequences of globalisation for multinational enterprises, and the socio-economic and institutional differences between countries.
- The ability to apply the tools of modern economic analysis to issues of development policy
- The use of quantitative and statistical techniques for policy analysis and evaluation in a development context
- The capacity to evaluate critically different approaches to development analysis and policy
- The ability to communicate effectively with researchers, policymakers and practitioners in the field, to develop their capacity to work with and advise governments and development institutions on development problems
- The training in modern economic analysis and quantitative techniques that research and applied work in the development field now requires

Degree: MA/MSc in International Economics and Business

Why in Groningen?

Unique combination of two degrees, in Groningen and Göttingen, in which you will learn to apply the tools of modern economic analysis to specific issues of development. The programme is an internationally accredited programme, ensuring a high quality education that meets both the AACSB and EQUIS standards, which only one percent of universities reach worldwide.

Job perspectives

This double degree programme has been designed for individuals who aspire to a career in national, international, multinational or transnational institutions and enterprises. Because all our programmes are EQUIS and AACSB accredited, a standard which only one percent of universities reach worldwide, your degree will be highly valued on the labour market.

Examples are:
- international economist and strategy expert in a multinational corporation.
- staff member with an (inter)national governmental organisations such as IMF, Worldbank, OECD, WTO, ECB, ODI or the EU
- professional economist on development and transition economic issues in in ternational agencies, governments or the private sector
- economic consultant with an (inter)national governmental organization
- business consultant with an internationally operating consultancy firm

Job examples

- business consultant
- economic consultant

Linking education to research and career preparation

Our education is strongly rooted in business practice and society. Also right from the start of your degree programme attention is paid to academic research and preprofessional development. Since an analytical and critical mind and problem-solving capabilities are important qualities in any career our students aspire.

In collaboration with external partners we conduct research projects on e.g banking, local government, customer insights, leadership, energy, healthy ageing and lean operations.

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Explore microeconomic development issues such as poverty, inequality, health, education and labour; and macroeconomic themes relating to economic growth, management of resource wealth, trade and aid. Read more

Explore microeconomic development issues such as poverty, inequality, health, education and labour; and macroeconomic themes relating to economic growth, management of resource wealth, trade and aid.

Learn how to systematically evaluate policy and develop the attributes needed for employment as a professional economist working in the development field.

How will I study?

You are assessed via unseen written examinations, presentations, and a term paper. In addition, you’ll write a 15,000-word dissertation supervised by faculty.

Internship

This MSc has an internship variant. This allows you to take a three-month internship break for an approved purpose such as a placement in an international organisation or a research assistant post in a university.

The registration period for the MSc is then lengthened by three months. If you are interested in the MSc with an internship, you should apply for the standard MSc as described here and may be transferred to the MSc with an internship after starting the standard MSc.

Scholarships

Our aim is to ensure that every student who wants to study with us is able to despite financial barriers, so that we continue to attract talented and unique individuals. For more information on Masters Scholarships visit: http://www.sussex.ac.uk/study/fees-funding/masters-scholarships

Careers

Our graduates have a good track record of success in securing prestigious Overseas Development Institute Fellowships.

And these and others have gone on to careers in:

-International organisations (for example, World Bank, OECD, IMF, IADB, ADB)

-UK Government (for example, DfiD and HM Treasury)

-Governments abroad

-The financial sector

-Consultancies (for example, Oxford Policy Management)

-Academia (both UK and abroad)



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This course explores both the economic and political dimensions of international development - differentiating it from MSc programmes in development economics - as well as the links between social choice and development economics. Read more
This course explores both the economic and political dimensions of international development - differentiating it from MSc programmes in development economics - as well as the links between social choice and development economics.

Course Content

You will take a core 20 credit Development Economics in PPE module, which covers topics such as well-being and human development, growth, poverty, corruption and rent-seeking, child labour, and the environment - at an advanced level. You will also take the core 20 credit interdisciplinary module 'The PPE of Social Choice', which covers topics such as decision making, rights and justice relating to social choice (broadly interpreted). This module is jointly taught by members of staff from all three of York's internationally excellent PPE departments.

The 10 credit 'PEP Graduate Skills Workshop' will prepare you for undertaking research, covering areas such as writing research proposals and specific interdisciplinary skills.

You will take at least 50 credits of economics modules, including applied microeconomics, macroeconomics, econometrics and Economics of Development: Theory and Practice.

You will also take a further 20 credits of taught modules, from a wide range of options offered by the Politics and Economics departments.

You will also write a 12,000 word dissertation, which is worth 60 credits.

Teaching

Teaching is delivered in two main ways: seminars and lectures. The main focus of your coursework will be your seminar group, normally containing 10-16 students. In seminars you will produce and discuss your own work, under the guidance of a module tutor. Seminars are normally accompanied by lectures, attended by all of the students taking the module.

The School prides itself on the friendliness of its staff and on the support that it provides for its students. Lecturers, seminar tutors and your supervisor will all help you to get the most out of the programme and, in particular, to understand the importance of interdisciplinary study.

Most modules will use the University's virtual learning environment 'Yorkshare', which may be used to access module resources or for more interactive work.

The modular system is based on a notional 40-hour week for each student. The amount of 'contact' time (lectures and seminars) varies depending on the modules you choose. The remaining time will be spent reading, preparing for seminars and essays, analysing ideas and data, making interdisciplinary connections and, of course, thinking.

Assessment

There are three assessment periods during the academic year: week 1 of the Spring term, week 1 of the Summer term and weeks 5-8 of the Summer term. Assessments occur throughout your year of study, usually in the term immediately after the module has been taken. The majority of assessments are either unseen examination papers or essays, which varies depending on which department is running the module. Most Economics modules for example are assessed by exams, but most Politics modules by essays.

You will spend the summer and summer vacation terms working on your dissertation, which will be handed at the end of the summer vacation (mid September).

Reasonable adjustments in assessments will be made for students with disabilities, for example extra time in exams or use of a computer. The School works with the Disability Services team to ensure all students have the support they require.

Careers

The interdisciplinary nature of the School of PEP degrees means you develop a wide range of transferable skills. Employers value these degrees precisely because they make you think across boundaries and engage critically with a range of different material.

The MA in PPE: Economics and Development prepares students for careers in economics and development, including careers in international organisations, public life and research. It also provides essential research training for doctoral study in economics.

The careers branch of the Club of PEP, YorkWorks, aims to provide a platform for students to meet with experts and industry insiders to learn about the world of work and find out more about a career path that interests them, for example by organising careers conferences with graduate employers.

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Who is it for?. This course enables you to immerse yourself in rigorous modern economics training – either immediately after an undergraduate degree or as a mid-career professional. Read more

Who is it for?

This course enables you to immerse yourself in rigorous modern economics training – either immediately after an undergraduate degree or as a mid-career professional. You can choose to study full time over the course of one year or part time over the course of two.

Objectives

This course will give you a solid foundation in microeconomics, macroeconomics and econometrics, while exploring modules on finance, regulation, health economics, behavioural economics and development economics.

The Economics MSc helps you:

  • Develop your critical and analytical abilities in economics
  • Understand modern economic theory, at both a micro and a macro level
  • Analyse the strengths and weaknesses of the relevant empirical and theoretical research methodology
  • Develop your knowledge of econometric theory and techniques
  • Critically interpret current research in fields such as behavioural and experimental economics, financial economics, health economics, macroeconomics, regulation and competition, and development
  • Prepare academically for a career as a professional economist.

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

Academic facilities

As a Masters student at City, you will benefit from City's excellent London location and our proximity to, and connections with, the City of London. We are just minutes away from the Square Mile – London's world-famous financial district – and the headquarters of numerous financial and professional institutions.

Teaching and learning

Teaching takes place over two terms from September to June. Full-time students who pass all the taught modules during the main exam sessions finish the programme at the end of September when they submit their dissertation or literature review.

Full-time students who successfully complete the taught modules in the August resit exam session submit their dissertation or literature review in December.

Part-time students complete their modules over the course of four terms from September to June before undertaking their dissertation or literature review.

Your course is taught by research-active academic staff. Assessments are a combination of unseen written examinations (70% for each module) and coursework (30% for each module).

Pre-sessional activities

Pre-sessional activities covering Micro-and Macroeconomics, Stata, Excel, Probability and Mathematics run in September before the start of term. These are available for all students who secure a place on the MSc Economics course. Pre-sessionals are included in your degree fee and are designed to prepare you for the course. We therefore strongly encourage you to make every effort to attend. Dates of the sessions are as follows:

  • Stata – date TBC
  • Mathematics – date TBC
  • Microeconomics – date TBC
  • Excel – date TBC
  • Probability – date TBC
  • Macroeconomics – date TBC

You are not required to register for the above pre-sessionals, you just need to turn up on the day. Further information such as the exact times and locations will be provided in your induction schedule.

Modules

You will take 120 credits of taught core modules and 60 extra credits through one of the following routes:

  • Literature Survey: select two extra elective taught modules of 15 credits each and a literature review (Economics Literature Survey) worth 30 credits.
  • Dissertation: a 60-credit Economics Research Project.

In the dissertation route, you will take four core modules and two elective modules.

In the literature survey path, you will take three core modules and five elective modules.

It is not possible to give exact hours per week as these can vary from one term to the other, depending on which electives you choose.

Dissertation route modules

Core modules

  • International Macroeconomics (15 credits)
  • Microeconomic Theory (30 credits)
  • Econometrics (30 credits)
  • Macroeconomics (15 credits)

Elective modules

  • Macroeconomics (15 credits)
  • Financial Derivatives (15 credits)
  • Asset Pricing (15 credits)
  • Corporate Investment under Uncertainty** (15 credits)

**cannot be chosen if ECM157 Development Economics is chosen.

Literature survey route modules

Core modules

  • International Macroeconomics (15 credits)
  • Microeconomic Analysis (30 credits)
  • Quantitative Methods (30 credits)

Elective modules

  • Macroeconomics (15 credits)
  • Corporate Finance (15 credits)
  • Welfare Economics* (15 credits)

*available subject to timetabling feasibility

Elective modules for both paths

  • Economics of Regulation and Competition (15 credits)
  • Health Economics (15 credits)
  • Development Economics (15 credits)
  • History of Economic Thought (15 credits)
  • Economics of Microfinance (15 credits)
  • Experimental Economics and Game Theory (15 credits)

Career prospects

On completing the Masters in Economics you will have a wide range of career options. Graduates of this course enjoy numerous employment possibilities in both the public and private sectors, including consultancy and financial analysis.

Recent Economics Masters graduates have secure roles such as:

  • Economic Analyst, BlackRock.
  • Assistant Economist, Department for Transport.
  • Cash Funding Analyst, Mizuho International.
  • Researcher and Economist, Ipsos Mori (Policy and Evaluation).

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



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