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Course content

Our Political Economy of Emerging Markets MSc offers a distinctive approach to the study of development. We focus on the political economy of emerging markets, especially national development strategies and the underlying politics and institutions. The course also covers subjects such as development theory, political economy, geography and management, and is flexible enough to allow you to focus on particular countries and regions.

Key benefits

  • Offers a distinctive approach to the study of development.
  • Interdisciplinary course which enables you to study the political economy of emerging markets from a variety of perspectives.
  • Wide range of optional modules drawing on expertise across King’s with particular emphasis on our Global Institutes.
  • We accept students from a range of academic backgrounds and mid-career professionals.

Description

Our course provides you with high-quality post-graduate teaching and training in the analysis of emerging economies. It offers a distinctive approach to the study of development by focusing on rising economic powers with a particular focus on national development strategies, economic and political institutions, and the political processes that influence economic reforms. We are based at King’s Department of International Development, which enables us to draw on social scientific expertise from across other departments in the faculties of Social Sciences & Public Policy and Arts & Humanities as well as King’s Global Institutes. 

The course critically assesses economic development theory to ask whether emerging economies offer a new model or models of development. Our main focus is examining the strategies that emerging economies have adopted to promote development. This includes asking how sustainable or enduring these new strategies are and how emerging markets solve the difficult problems of promoting growth over the longer term. To answer this last question, we investigate how emerging economies deal with the development and diffusion of technology, manage trade and financial flows, balance the role of the state and the market, and tackle problems of institutional underdevelopment and weak systems of law and accountability

Course purpose

Our course provides you with high-quality graduate research training for seeking employment in the large development sector in the UK, other OECD countries and in emerging economies, consultancy organisations, private sector companies with global operations and government offices. It is ideal if you are an international student seeking specialist training and/or government employment. 

Course format and assessment

Teaching

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 one-to-one or group meetings with supervisors. You will undertake 589 hours of independent study.

In each year 60 credits in taught modules should be taken (of which in year one at 20 credits should be a required module), and in Year 2 the dissertation (60 credits) is also taken. Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

Assessment

We assess the majority of our modules through a 4,000-word essay, although other optional modules may differ. We will assess your dissertation through a proposal and a 12,000-word piece of writing. 

Career prospects

Our course provides you with high-quality graduate research training that will improve your prospects seeking employment in the development sector in the UK and other OECD countries and also in emerging economies, consultancy organisations, private sector companies with global operations and government offices. It’s an ideal course if you are an international student seeking specialist training and/or government employment.


Visit the Political Economy of Emerging Markets - MSc page on the King’s College London website for more details!

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