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About the course

Bridge the gap between economics and development, and learn how to apply economic and quantitative analysis to solve problems that face policy-making and decision-making in developed and developing countries.

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.


The Development Economics MSc will help you:

  • Develop your analytical,

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Entry Requirements

You should have some mathematical background (A-level, IB, AP or any other equivalent secondary school qualification) and an upper second-class undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in one of the following:

- Economics or a related discipline (e.g. finance)
- Business, Management, Politics, Law, Accounting, Psychology, Quantitative Sociology or Financial Journalism
- A quantitative discipline, such as Mathematics, Engineering, Computer Science or a Natural Science

Students with a good lower second-class degree in one of the above disciplines may be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Course Content

Where is City, University of London


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Student Profile(s)

Nouf Abushehab

City helped me form the career path I envision for myself.

Why did you choose to study at City University London?
I essentially wanted to pursue a masters degree in Development Economics. I chose the one offered at City because of the unique course the MSc programme included; The Economics of Micro-finance which is a subject I'm very much interested in.

What do you enjoy most about your course?
I mostly enjoyed the class discussions that took place after lectures. Since classes were not comprised of a large number of students, this allowed an opportunity for everyone to engage and participate in these discussions. That, coupled with the diversity of the courses in the programme, ensured that each discussion was rich and rewarding.

What was your favourite module and why?
My favourite was the Development Economics module. Each lecture tackled a different development topic, presenting new ideas extracted from the currently prevailing field of development policy.

What was the highlight of your time at City?
I would have to say the highlight of my time at City was the people I met and the friendships I formed. Meeting people from all over the world with inspiring aspirations, and with the bonds developed through coursework sessions, exam preparations and the social events at City, I formed exceptionally special friendships.

What have you done after graduating from City?
After graduating from City, I worked in the Research and Development unit of a leading micro-finance institution in Jordan. Now I work in the Research and Programme Development department of the Queen Rania Foundation for Education and Development, where I work on evaluating education programmes in Jordan.

How has City helped you get to where you are today?
Beyond the significant role City has played in preparing me for the "real" professional world, City helped me form the career path I envision for myself. Through the courses I took, and the work I did on my dissertation, I realised where exactly in the field of development I would like to build my career; conducting research aimed at evaluating development policies and programmes.


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