Our Emerging Economies & International Development MSc offers a distinctive approach to the study of development by focusing on emerging economies. We cover subjects such as development theory, political economy, geography and social policy. You will also have the opportunity to focus on particular countries and regions.
A distinctive approach to the study of development.
Interdisciplinary course that enables you to study emerging economies and international development from a variety of different perspectives.
Extensive selection of optional modules draw 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 MSc course provides you with high-quality post-graduate teaching and research training in the analysis of emerging economies. It offers a distinctive approach to the study of development by focusing on rising economic powers and some of the questions surrounding their emergence as key players in global politics and the economy. It also draws on social scientific expertise from across other departments in the Faculties of Social Sciences & Public Policy and Arts & Humanities.
This course focuses on reviewing economic development theory to ask whether emerging economies offer a new model or models of development. It looks at the strategies that they have adopted to promote development, how inclusive and sustainable or enduring these new strategies are and how emerging markets solve the difficult problems of promoting growth over the longer term. While investigating this last question we will discuss how these countries handle the development and diffusion of technology, how they manage trade and financial flows, how they balance the role of the state and the market, and how they deal with problems of institutional underdevelopment and weak systems of law and accountability.
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, you will usually have 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.
Our Department assesses all modules through a 4,000-word essay, although other departments may differ. We will assess your dissertation module through a proposal and a 12,000-word dissertation.
Our course provides you with high-quality graduate research training that will greatly enhance your employability in the development sector, both in the UK and other OECD countries, as well as in ‘emerging economies’. You can also transfer the skills to a career in 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.