King's College London

Course Introduction

This course offers a distinctive approach to the study of development. We do this by focusing on emerging economies, with a particular emphasis on poverty reduction, inequality and social policy. You will study development theory, political economy, geography and social policy, and will also have the opportunity to focus on the countries and regions that particularly interest you.

It provides you with high-quality postgraduate teaching and research training in the analysis of emerging economies. It also draws on social scientific expertise from across other departments in the Faculties of Social Sciences & Public Policy and Arts & Humanities, which allows you to explore the topic from a variety of different angles. We examine economic development theory to ask whether emerging economies offer a new model or models of development. We look at the strategies that these countries have adopted to promote development, how inclusive and sustainable or enduring these new strategies are and how emerging markets solve difficult problems of promoting growth over the longer term. To answer this last question, we investigate how these markets manage the development and diffusion of technology, flows of trade and finance, the balance between the state and the market, and problems of institutional underdevelopment and weak systems of law and accountability.

This course gives you high-quality graduate research training which will greatly improve your employability in the development sector in the UK and other OECD countries, as well as in emerging economies. You can also transfer your skills to consultancy organisations, private sector companies with global operations and government offices. Our course is ideal if you are an international student seeking specialist training and/or government employment.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
1 year
Full Time
MSc £9,990 Home Fees
1 year
Full Time
MSc £9,990 European Fees
1 year
Full Time
MSc £21,300 Overseas Fees
2 years
Part Time
MSc £4,995 Home Fees
2 years
Part Time
MSc £4,995 European Fees
2 years
Part Time
MSc £10,650 Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Domestic entry requirements: Students should have a Bachelor's degree with 2:1 honours in such related subjects as international development, politics, economics or other social science or regional studies. They will also be considered if you have professional development-related work experience. In order to meet the academic entry requirements for this programme you should have a minimum 2:1 undergraduate degree with a final mark of at least 60% or above in the UK marking scheme. If you are still studying you should be achieving an average of at least 60% or above in the UK marking scheme.
  • International entry requirements: Students can demonstrate their English Language Proficiency with the following tests and grades: IELTS (Academic): 7.0 overall with a minimum of 6.5 in each skill; TOEFL iBT: 100 overall with a minimum of 25 in writing and 23 in each of the other skills; Cambridge Advanced Certificate (CAE): 185 overall, minimum 176 in all skills; Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): 185 overall, minimum 176 in all skills; Pearson Test of English (Academic): 69 overall with a minimum of 62 in each skill. The tests listed above are valid if they have been taken within the past two years.
  • IELTS score: 7
  • TOEFL score: 100