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Course content

This programme provides non-economics graduates a solid grounding in policy analysis, economic growth and economic development. You will develop a thorough understanding of the main models related to economic growth and development and of the economics of transition from less developed to developed status.

Why this programme

◾You will be taught by leaders in the field, many of whom have worked with international and government organisations including the IMF, World Bank, UN, Commonwealth Secretariat and central banks.
◾You will have the opportunity to enhance your learning by taking courses in other subjects at the University such as economic & social history and Central & East European studies.

Programme structure

You will take two core courses and four optional courses and complete a substantial independent piece of work, normally in the form of a dissertation.

Core courses
◾Growth and development
◾Development policy.

Sample optional courses
◾Aid and development
◾Basic econometrics
◾Behavioural economics: theory and applications
◾Challenges in international policies
◾Economics of inequality and deprivation
◾Environmental economics
◾Financial institutions and markets in developing countries
◾Foreign direct investment and development
◾Human rights and global politics
◾IMF World Bank and economic growth
◾International security and global politics
◾International trade
◾Policies for sustainability and development
◾Project planning, appraisal and implementation
◾The law and economics of sovereign debt regulation
◾Theory and principles of sustainability.

If you have little or no economics you are strongly recommended to take the non-credit introductory course to economics offered before semester one begins.

Career prospects

The staff in this programme have been research collaborators in, and consultants to, a number of international and government organisations around the world as well as in private sector institutions. These include the IMF, World Bank, United Nations agencies, the Commonwealth Secretariat, government ministries and numerous central banks. By arranging practitioner talks, in which representatives of potential employers give presentations on career opportunities, students are able to benefit from some of these links.

As a graduate you can progress to successful careers in international organisations, government ministries, academia, research institutions, banks and other financial institutions. Companies which have employed our graduates include The British Council, The Royal Bank of Scotland, IBM, and PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Our dedicated College of Social Sciences Employability Officer works with students to enhance their employability.

Visit the Development Studies - MSc page on the University of Glasgow website for more details!

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