This course includes an analysis of both the formal and informal financial sectors, policies to promote financial inclusion, clients’ financial service needs, institutional design and financial reform.
The core modules cover key issues within the field of development finance and microenterprise finance, against the background of major perspectives on development and macroeconomic policy. The optional modules provide the opportunity to further investigate specialist areas within the financial services sector and/or to explore a wide range of other topics relating to development.
• Development Finance • Microfinance • Appraisal of Agricultural and Rural Development Projects • Macroeconomics for Developing Countries • Research and Study Skills for Independent Learning.
The course requires a substantial amount of independent reading, research and study and students are expected to take personal responsibility and show initiative in developing their knowledge and understanding of the field of study. In following this course students will also have the opportunity to enhance and develop their skills relating to communication (both oral and written), presentations, information handling, problem solving, teamwork, and the use of information technology. Students will learn to work independently, under time pressures, and will learn to set priorities and manage their time in order to meet strict deadlines. Career planning, via choice of modules, will be an integral part of the course.
What career can you have?
Our master's courses are excellent preparation for careers in international and rural development, agricultural economics, marketing within the food chain and policy. We provide dedicated employability support through career workshops and have developed a personal and professional development module for international students. Engagement with a wide variety of visiting speakers and field trips provide many opportunities for networking. In addition, competitive internships and placements and the research dissertation are an opportunity to showcase your skills, undertake overseas field research or link with organisations in the development sector. Our graduates find employment within government departments, non-governmental organisations, international agencies, the media, academia and commercial companies. Some use a master's course to transition into a new career as independent consultants or as a study break from employment. For examples of organisations our graduates go on to please visit http://www.reading.ac.uk/giidae
Before I joined the University of Reading, I worked as a consultant to the World Bank. I then decided I needed to further strengthen my understanding of development if I was to apply for a regular position in this organisation. The Development Finance programme in Reading with its large range of development & finance related modules, greatly helped me to deepen & widen my knowledge. Apart from the academic benefits, I also greatly enjoyed the social life at the University and the opportunity to meet fellow-students from so many different countries and backgrounds. The Graduate Institute was a home for all of us.
'Studying at GIIDAE is a unique experience to thrive in a completely mulitcultural environment and an extremely enriching opportunity to learn from people all from all over the world.'
A first degree in a subject which includes a significant element of economics and/or accounting/finance required.
Recipient: University of Reading
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