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Development and International Economics MA

Course Description

Development and International Economics MA

This MA focuses on the problems of economic development in the changing context of the international economic relationship. It will also provide a thorough grounding in macroeconomic and microeconomic analysis, in applied econometrics, in a range of approaches for dealing with economic policy issues, and in the long-term historical and conceptual context of contemporary debates in economics.

Key features

This MA is good preparation for work with a range of public and private institutions, including national and international government agencies and non-governmental organisations (NGOs), and commercial organisations in sectors ranging from the City of London to trading and manufacturing businesses of all sizes.

Lectures are supplemented by seminars, giving an opportunity for regular feedback and discussion.

Guest speakers, conferences and workshops provide an extra dimension to your studies.

What will you study?

You will study core aspects of macro- and microeconomic theory, applied econometrics and economic policy. You will also gain in-depth knowledge of the theory and contemporary issues surrounding international trade, and of the problems that developing countries confront in dealing with the international economic environment. Such problems include trade and development, the effect of foreign direct investment (FDI) on development, and the significance of technology transfer.

The degree culminates in your dissertation, in which you will have the opportunity to carry out in-depth research into a contemporary issue dealing with developing countries, international trade and FDI. You will work with a member of the Economics department who specialises in and pursues research in this area.


Graded problem sets, practical coursework, essays, examinations, policy briefs, and dissertation.

Course structure

Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list.

Core modules

Applied Econometrics and Microeconomic Analysis
Development and International Economics
Economic Change and Ideas
Economics Dissertation
Macroeconomic Theory and Policy.

All modules are core.

What this course offers you

If you choose to study this course, here are some of the things you can expect from the course and how it will benefit you.

This course allows you to develop your general knowledge of economics and econometrics, and also enables you to specialise in one of five pathways.

You can switch to a research degree after completing the core modules if you wish, replacing the optional modules with further research skills, a literature review and conference presentation and poster.

It will be possible to combine economics with another postgraduate degree course as a major, half or minor field.

Teaching staff at Kingston University are research active, keeping your studies at the cutting edge of latest developments.

The course aims to develop your skills in a direction that matches what many employers expect when hiring economists.

English language requirements

All non-UK applicants must meet our English language requirement, which is Academic IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no element below 5.5. Make sure you read our full guidance about English language requirements, which includes details of other qualifications we consider.

Applicants who do not meet the English language requirements could be eligible to join our pre-sessional English language course.

Applicants from a recognised majority English speaking countries (MESCs) do not need to meet these requirements.

Visit the Development and International Economics MA page on the Kingston University website for more details!

Student Profiles

Alumni discount - 20+ Awards

All undergraduate alumni qualify for 10% off postgraduate taught course fees.

Value of Scholarship(s)



All Kingston Undergraduate alumni will receive 10% off postgraduate course fees.

Application Procedure

Automatically assessed on application, please ensure you state that your undergraduate degree was awarded by Kingston University.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Second-class degree or above, in an appropriate subject. All non-UK applicants must meet our English language requirement, which is Academic IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no element below 5.5.

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