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Course content

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.


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

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