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MSc International Development: Globalisation, Trade & Industry

Course Description

The changing dynamics of cross-border, trade, finance and labour are fundamentally affecting how developed and developing countries relate to each other. This programme will convey to you a variety of analytic perspectives on contemporary issues relating to globalisation, international trade policy, industrial development, and their development consequences. Issues in globalisation including industrial competitiveness, upgrading, and technological change and their implications for local producers and workers are analysed using the analytical approaches of global value chains and global production networks. In this way, we enhance the skills of policymakers and would-be policymakers in the management of trade policy and the industrialisation process, while also providing you with the intellectual infrastructure and analytical tools for conducting research into industrialisation, trade and related fields in the developing world. This programme will provide an interdisciplinary and applied understanding of these issues, offering an opportunity to critically engage with this specialist field within international development theory and practice. Students will be encouraged to consider different ways of putting established ideas and recent insights into practice with an emphasis on academic reflection and policy processes.

Aims of the programme

• Provide critical insights into different theoretical and inter-disciplinary perspectives on the political economy of globalisation, trade policy dynamics, and industrial development within the wider context of global development strategies;
• Develop the analytical skills of students in critically evaluating and engaging with distinct and cutting edge theoretical frameworks that help shape understanding of global value chains and global production networks and their implications for trade dynamics, industrial and trade policies, firm strategies and labour, social and environmental outcomes;
• Provide an understanding of the relationship of globalisation to economic, political and social asymmetries of development at global, regional, national and local scales;
• Provide an appreciation of the policy issues associated with globalisation, trade and industry and their impacts including insights into the key strategies, policies and practices currently employed by leading public and private policy actors in the global South, prominent international agencies as well as private sector and civil society actors;
• Develop professionally-oriented skills related to formulating, investigating and implementing different approaches to understanding trade dynamics and promoting productive sectors;
• Provide a wide range of options for advanced training in areas of specialist expertise relevant to globalisation, trade, industry and international development policy;
• Develop advanced competencies in transferable areas, including developing reasoned arguments, gathering, organising and using evidence and information from a wide variety of sources, undertaking both team-based and independent work to deadlines, and both written and verbal forms of communication;
• Assist students in developing their specialist area of expertise within the field of globalisation, trade dynamics, industrial strategy and development policy, and applying their understanding and skills through supervised individual research culminating in a dissertation.

Special features

An overseas field visit is an integral part of the programme. The cost of the visit is covered by the course fee. Recent fieldtrip locations have included Uganda, Bulgaria, Ghana, Sri Lanka and India.

Visit the MSc International Development: Globalisation, Trade & Industry page on the University of Manchester website for more details!

Student Profiles

IDPM Development Economics and Public Policy Bursary - 2 Awards

The awards are for the 2009-10 academic year, commencing in Spetmebr 2009 and cannot be deferred.Academic requirementsBachelors degree with Second Class Honours, Upper Division or above, or Overseas equivalent (please contact School for details of International equivalencies)
Applicants whose first language is a language other than English must achieve 7.0 or above in IELTS or an equivalent test (TOEFL) Nationality restrictions
This funding is available to all nationalities.

Value of Scholarship(s)



The Institute for Development Policy & Management (IDPM) at the University of Manchester is pleased to announce two bursaries for study on one of the following Master's programmes in Development Economics and Public Policy:Msc Development Finance
MSc Globalisation and Development
MSc Industry, Trade & Development
MA International Development: Public Policy & Management

Application Procedure

Applicants must have submitted a complete application by the closing date of 30 June. Applicants should mark in the funding section of the application form that they wish to be considered for the bursary and incle a covering letter with their application. Applicant should apply for their chosen programme online via the University's online application form, further details of which can be found at the following link: http://www.manchester.ac.uk/postgraduate/howtoapply

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Bachelor's Degree with a 2:1 or equivalent, IELTS 6.5, TOEFL 90, Grade C Cambridge Certificate, (N/A to applicants whose first language is English)

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