This programme, run jointly by IDPM (School of Environment, Education and Development) and Economics (School of Social Sciences), is designed to provide training in economic theory, applied economics and quantitative methods of relevance to developing and transitional economies. The programme is especially appropriate for those seeking to practice as development economists whether in government, the private sector, multilateral organisations or NGOs.
In addition to four compulsory course units , students have the opportunity to specialise in particular areas of the subject via four optional course units and a dissertation .
The theory course units provide a thorough training in both contemporary macro and micro development theory. Applied and optional course units offer you an opportunity to understand development problems and policy prescriptions within both global and national economic contexts.
The quantitative course units, which include an applied development project, enable you to test theories through the use of data sets and provide training in standard econometrics techniques and up-to-date econometrics software packages. Independent research is undertaken by all students between June and September in the form of an approved dissertation.
Aims of the programme
• Read and understand the leading applied economics and development economics journals. • Understand the main economic models and key indicators from which development policies are derived and offer a critique of underlying theories. • Through the preparation of a dissertation and/or the applied development economics project explore the relationship between theory and practice, test theories through the use of actual data sets, and demonstrate familiarity with standard econometric techniques and appropriate econometric software packages. • Demonstrate the skills demanded of an academic researcher in development economics or a staff advisor in a government department, non-government organisation or commercial organisation. • Undertake independent research, as evidenced by the completion of a dissertation.
Bachelor's Degree with a minimum of a 2:1 in Economics or a related subject with 60% or above in the following modules Macroeconomics, Microeconomics and statistics or its international equivalent. One of: IELTS 6.5, TOEFL 90, or Grade C Cambridge Certificate, (N/A to applicants whose first language is English)
Recipient: University of Manchester
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