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MA in Philosophy, Politics & Economics: Economics & Development

Course Description

This course explores both the economic and political dimensions of international development - differentiating it from MSc programmes in development economics - as well as the links between social choice and development economics.

Core modules

You will take a core 20 credit development economics module, which covers topics such as well-being and human development, growth, poverty, corruption and rent-seeking, child labour, and the environment - at an advanced level. You will also take the core 20 credit interdisciplinary module 'The PPE of Social Choice', which covers topics such as decision making, rights and justice relating to social choice (broadly interpreted). This module is jointly taught by members of staff in all three of York's internationally excellent PPE departments.
The 10 credit 'Research Skills for PPE' module will prepare you for undertaking research, covering areas such as writing research proposals and specific interdisciplinary skills.
You will take at least 50 credits of economics modules, including applied microeconomics, macroeconomics and econometrics.
In addition, you will write a 12,000 word dissertation, which is worth 60 credits.

Optional modules

You will also take a further 20 credits of taught modules, from a wide range of options offered by the Politics and Economics departments. An overview of the types of modules on offer is available at http://www.york.ac.uk/pep/postgraduate/ma-modules


Teaching is delivered in two main ways: seminars and lectures. The main focus of your coursework will be your seminar group, normally containing 10-16 students. In seminars you will produce and discuss your own work, under the guidance of a module tutor. Seminars are normally accompanied by lectures, attended by all of the students taking the module.


The interdisciplinary nature of an MA degree from the School of PEP at York means that you develop a wide range of transferable skills. Employers value these degrees precisely because they make you think across boundaries and engage critically with a range of different material.
The MA in PPE: Economics and Development prepares students for careers in economics and development, including careers in international organisations, public life and research. It also provides essential research training for doctoral study in economics.

Visit the MA in Philosophy, Politics & Economics: Economics & Development page on the University of York website for more details!

Entry Requirements

The MA is open to those with a good first degree (i.e. an upper second or equivalent) in any subject. For students whose first language is not English, the School normally requires a minimum proficiency level of 6.5 in the IELTS test. Further information about English language requirements (including alternative tests acceptable to the School) may be found at: View Website

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