Development Economics MSc

City University London
Course summary
2 years
10,000 GBP
Full time/part time
Next available date: September 2020 - London

Course description

Development Economics MSc

Development Economics MSc - a City University degree programme

This Development Economics course gives an insight into the rigorous economic theories and statistical tools in areas of economic and human development.

Suitability - Who should attend?

You should have a first or upper second class (2:1) honours degree in economics or a first or upper second class (2:1) degree in a quantitative discipline with either some economics component or supplemented by economics-related work experience.

Knowledge of basic statistics, calculus and probability theory is required.

An equivalent qualification from an overseas university will be considered.

For applicants whose first language is not English, the following qualification is also required:

  • IELTS: an overall score of 6.5 (with a minimum of 6.0 for each sub-test).

INTO English language programmes

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this course, INTO City University London offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for entry to this degree. Please click the links below for more information:

  • Pre-sessional English
  • English for Postgraduate Study


If you are a citizen of, or undertook your Bachelors degree in, one of the following countries, you are exempt from the requirement to provide proof of English language proficiency:

  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Australia
  • The Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Canada
  • Dominica
  • Grenada
  • Guyana
  • Jamaica
  • New Zealand
  • St Kitts and Nevis
  • St Lucia
  • St Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • UK
  • The United States of America

The above is a list of UKBA designated majority English-speaking countries. For more information see http:// www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/visas-immigration/studying/adult-students/can-you-apply/english-language/#

Please note that due to changes in the UKVI's list of SELTs we are no longer able to accept TOEFL as evidence of English language for students who require a CAS as of April 2014.

Applicants from the European Economic Area / Switzerland coming to study in the UK may need to apply for a visa or entry clearance to come to the UK to study. /p>

The application rules vary depending on the length of the course:

  • Students on courses of more than 6 months
  • Students on courses of less than 6 months
  • Students on a pre-sessional English Language course

Please note: If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you cannot undertake any City University London courses on a part-time basis.

Outcome / Qualification etc.

The programme offers Decision Sciences MSc. Upon completion of this course you will have the skills to work in:

  • consulting firms specialising in development
  • governmental bodies such as the Department for International Development (DFID)
  • major international financial and development institutions  such as World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, the United Nations or the Overseas Development Institute, which regularly recruits MSc graduates for overseas postings. 

This course will enable you to...

MSc graduates can pursue their academic career further by starting a PhD programme in Economics at City or another university.

Training Course Content

The aim of this course is to develop your critical and analytical abilities in economics, with particular reference to development. By the time you graduate, you should be able to:

  • demonstrate that modern economic theory is relevant to development economics
  • critically interpret current research in development economics and evaluate its relevance to development practice and policy analysis
  • understand the enduring determinants of poverty
  • analyse the issues of fertility, education, health, work, migration and microfinance and their contribution to economic development
  • develop microeconomic models to explain how people make such decisions and how policy is likely to affect their choices
  • assess policies designed towards helping the poor by taking into account how people react to policy interventions, and statistically assess the success of such policies
  • undertake empirical investigations in development economics, using appropriate quantitative methods.

You take seven taught modules (five core modules and two electives) and a dissertation.

Core modules

  • Development economics
  • Microeconomics
  • Macroeconomics
  • Econometrics
  • The economics of micro-finance
  • Economics research project
  • Economics literature survey.

Elective modules

Choose two from the following including at most one module taught in the Department of International Politics:

  • Welfare economics
  • Financial regulation
  • International money and finance
  • Economics of competition
  • Economics of regulation
  • Economics of healthcare
  • Game theory

Modules taught in the Department of International Politics:

  • Development and international politics
  • Global political economy
  • Political economy of global finance
  • The politics of forced displacement and resettlement
  • Global politics of health and disease


The cost of the programme is:

  • Full-time EU: £10,000
  • Part-time EU: £5,000 per year
  • Full-time Non EU: £14,000


  • UK/EU students who apply for this course will be eligible for a £2,500 scholarship on a first-come first-served basis. All UK/EU applicants to this course will be automatically considered for this scholarship.
  • International students can apply for the School of Arts and Social Sciences International Excellence Scholarship for this course.
  • Graduate Loyalty Discount: The School of Arts & Social Sciences offer a 10% discount on tuition fees for all City graduates.

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