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This programme, run jointly by The Global Development Institute (School of Environment, Education and Development) and Economics (School of Social Sciences), is designed to provide training in economic theory, applied economics and quantitative methods of relevance to developing and transitional economies. The programme is especially appropriate for those seeking to practice as development economists whether in government, the private sector, multilateral organisations or NGOs.

In addition to four compulsory course units , students 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. Independent research is undertaken by all students between June and September in the form of an approved dissertation.

This programme is offered jointly between the Economics discipline, School of Social Sciences and GDI. Informal enquiries, prior to applications, are welcomed.

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.

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.

Visit the Development Economics and Policy - MSc page on the University of Manchester website for more details!

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