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The MSc Development and Finance course enables you to examine the key issues development finance against the background of major perspectives in development and macroeconomic policy.

Are you an early/mid-career professional working in government, a financial institution, an international development agency or an NGO?

If so, our MSc Development Finance will enable you to undertake a rigorous analysis of the role of development finance in economic development from both micro and macro perspectives. The course focuses on financial inclusion, microfinance, institutional design and policy reform in domestic and international financial systems.

In addition to the MSc course, we also offer Development Finance as a PG Diploma or PG Certificate, with the full-time option delivered over six months and the part-time option over two periods of six months.

Whichever, qualification you choose, you will be taught through a combination of:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • tutorials
  • interactive exercises
  • field trips.

Class sizes vary by module, but the emphasis is on providing you with good contact with lecturers.

As a student at Reading, you will have access to all the University's internet, printing and scanning facilities, as well as a full range of statistical and econometric software. You will also benefit from excellent opportunities for research, networking and personal development, as well as access to first-class study resources and employability support.

The School of Agriculture, Policy and Development undertakes wide-ranging research on agri-food, environmental and development economics. It is a major contributor to research on a wide array of international and rural development topics in the Global Development Division.

On joining this course, you will become a member of the School's Graduate Institute of International Development, Agriculture and Economics (GIIDAE). As such, you have the option of completing a placement during the summer period. This would typically be in the UK, but some overseas opportunities do arise.

For information on the scholarships, bursaries and other sources of funding available to you, visit the GIIDAE website.

What will you study?

Sample modules:

  • Development finance
  • Microfinance
  • Theories and practices of development
  • Macroeconomics for developing countries
  • Appraisal of agricultural and rural development projects

Please note that all modules are subject to change. Please see our modules disclaimer for more information.

What career can you have?

This degree can lead to employment opportunities in a wide variety of environmental and development settings, such as:

  • research
  • national organisations
  • UN organisations
  • private sector

Visit the Development Finance MSc page on the University of Reading website for more details!