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  • Study Type

    Full time & Part time available

  • Subject Areas

    Finance

  • Start Date

    September

  • Course Duration

    12 months full time, 27 months part time

  • Course Type

    MSc

  • Course Fees

    website

  • Last Updated

    16 January 2018

Course content

MSc Development Finance will provide you with a thorough understanding of specific aspects of development finance, recognising that finance-related issues are increasingly important in development.

It will equip you with the necessary skills to make a meaningful contribution to policy formulation and implementation, by focusing on financial development policy and financial management, with specific reference to developing countries.

You will apply different approaches to the collection, analysis and presentation of data, as well as in critically evaluating specific issues of development, and gathering, organising and using evidence and information from a wide variety of sources.

It provides skills in identifying, investigating and justifying possible solutions to problems arising out of the theory and practice of economic development. These also include competency in developing a reasoned argument, critically considering data sources and defending different approaches.

By the end of this course, you should have obtained a detailed knowledge of the key issues and debates in various aspects of economic development, familiarity with theoretical approaches concerning development problems and an appreciation of the diversity of development policies.

Informal enquiries, prior to applications, are welcomed. Please contact Programme Director Dr Ralitza Dimova at 

Aims

On completion of the programme, students will have acquired the following skills and capabilities:

  • an ability to critically analyse the techniques and procedures for financial sector development, management and accounting
  • an ability to apply these techniques and procedures in a professionally competent manner
  • the ability to undertake independent research, and to present research findings in a form that can be disseminated effectively to users

Additional course information

financial international global management

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 element 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 programme is intended primarily for those with experience of international organisations, the public/private sector, NGOs and those involved in policy formulation and implementation, or those intending to pursue a career in the field of development finance.

The Global Development Institute (GDI) has a large and diverse postgraduate population, including a large number of students from outside the UK (85% of our students are drawn from outside the UK, particularly from Africa, Asia and Western Europe, but also reaching out to Latin America, the Middle East, North America and the Pacific). Many of our alumni have gone on to prestigious careers in the public service or in the NGO/charitable and private sectors, as policy officers, managers, consultants or development practitioners - while others have pursued further academic study leading to a PhD and academic careers. Since its foundation, the GDI has trained over 7000 individuals from 170 different countries.


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

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