City, University of London

Course Introduction

This course is for people who want to develop a rewarding career as a development economist in the public or private sector. This course will appeal to you if you have a quantitative background. You will develop your understanding of the key issues in economic development, and explore the economic theory and statistical tools you need to analyse policies and assess their impact on economic and human development.

The Development Economics MSc will help you to: develop your analytical, quantitative and modelling abilities; develop your knowledge of modern economic theory, at both a micro and macro level; analyse the strengths and weaknesses of the relevant empirical and theoretical research methodology; develop your knowledge of econometric theory and techniques and how they apply to development; critically interpret current research in a combination of fields, namely development, behavioural and experimental economics, financial economics, health economics, macroeconomics, regulation and competition. Should you wish to pursue further study, the dissertation track can also serve as a stepping stone to an Economics PhD.

Assessments are typically a combination of unseen written examinations (70% for each module) and coursework (30% for each module), but this can vary by module. Graduates of this course enjoy a wide range of rewarding employment possibilities, in both the public and private sectors, including consultancy and economic analysis. During this course students will also achieve PgCert and PgDip awards.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
1 year
Full Time
MSc £10,200 Home Fees
1 year
Full Time
MSc £10,200 European Fees
1 year
Full Time
MSc £15,300 Overseas Fees
2 years
Part Time
MSc £5,100 Home Fees
2 years
Part Time
MSc £5,100 European Fees
2 years
Part Time
MSc £7,650 Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Domestic entry requirements: Student should have some mathematical background (A-level, IB, AP or any other equivalent secondary school qualification) and one of the following: an upper second class degree (or equivalent) Students should have some mathematical background (A-level, IB, AP or any other equivalent secondary school qualification) and an upper second-class undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in one of the following: Economics or a related discipline (e.g. finance); Business, Management, Politics, Law, Accounting, Psychology, Quantitative Sociology or Financial Journalism; a quantitative discipline, such as Mathematics, Engineering, Computer Science or a Natural Science. Students with a good lower second-class degree in one of the above disciplines may be considered on a case-by-case basis.
  • International entry requirements: Students whose first language is not English will need the following qualification: IELTS with an overall score of 6.5 (with a minimum of 6.0 for each sub-test) OR a first degree from a UK university or an overseas institution recognised by City as providing adequate evidence of proficiency in the English language, for example, from institutions in Australia or the USA.