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Our Emerging Economies & Inclusive Development MSc offers a distinctive approach to the study of development. We do this by focusing on emerging economies, with a particular emphasis on poverty reduction, inequality and social policy. You will study development theory, political economy, geography and social policy, and will also have the opportunity to focus on the countries and regions that particularly interest you.

Key benefits

  • Offers you a distinctive approach to the study of development.
  • Interdisciplinary course that enables you to study emerging economies and inclusive development from a variety of different perspectives.
  • Extensive selection of optional modules draws on expertise across King’s with particular emphasis on our Global Institutes.
  • We accept students from a wide range of academic backgrounds as well as mid-career professionals.

Our course provides you with high-quality postgraduate teaching and research training in the analysis of emerging economies. It also draws on social scientific expertise from across other departments in the Faculties of Social Sciences & Public Policy and Arts & Humanities, which allows you to explore the topic from a variety of different angles.

We examine economic development theory to ask whether emerging economies offer a new model or models of development. We look at the strategies that these countries have adopted to promote development, how inclusive and sustainable or enduring these new strategies are and how emerging markets solve difficult problems of promoting growth over the longer term. To answer this last question, we investigate how these markets manage the development and diffusion of technology, flows of trade and finance, the balance between the state and the market, and problems of institutional underdevelopment and weak systems of law and accountability.

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Course format and assessment


For every 20-credit module we will typically provide 20 hours of lectures and seminars, and we will expect you to undertake 180 hours of independent study. For your dissertation, we will usually provide five hours of dissertation workshops and six hours of one-to-one or group consultation with supervisors. To complement this, you should undertake 589 hours of independent study and project work. Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.


Performance on taught modules in the Department of International Development is normally assessed through essays and other written assignments such as oral group presentations and occasionally by examination, depending on the modules selected. The dissertation modules is assessed by a proposal and a 12,000 word dissertation. 


Courses are divided into modules. You will normally take modules totalling 180 credits.

If you are a full-time student you will take two required modules worth 40 credits plus 80 credits of optional modules and a required dissertation worth 60 credits to make up 180 credits in total.

If you are a part-time student, you will take two required modules in your first year worth 40 credits plus 40 credits of optional modules. You will take your Dissertation module worth 60 credits in your second year and another 40 credits of optional modules to make up 180 credits in total.

King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on this course page updates.

Required Modules

You are required to take the following modules:

Optional Modules

In addition, you are required to take modules totalling 80 credits from a wide range of options that typically include:

Career prospects

Our course gives you high-quality graduate research training which will greatly improve your employability in the development sector in the UK and other OECD countries, as well as in emerging economies. You can also transfer your skills to consultancy organisations, private sector companies with global operations and government offices. Our course is ideal if you are an international student seeking specialist training and/or government employment.

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