City, University of London

City, University of London

Development Economics

The Development Economics MSc course at City is designed for those looking to gain an understanding of key issues in economic development and provide you with rigorous economic theory and statistical tools to be able to analyse policies and assess their impact on economic and human development. 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; and Undertake empirical investigations in development economics, using appropriate quantitative methods.

Entry requirements

You should have some mathematical background (A-level, IB, AP or any other equivalent secondary school qualification) and one of the following:

a 2.1 (or equivalent) undergraduate degree in economics or a related discipline (e.g. finance)
a 2.1 (or equivalent) undergraduate degree in business, management, politics, law, accounting, psychology, quantitative sociology or financial journalism
a 2.1 (or equivalent) undergraduate degree in a quantitative discipline (such as mathematics, engineering, computer science or a natural science)
Students with a good 2.2 in one of the above disciplines might be considered on a case-by-case basis.

All students must also meet the English language requirement for the programme as specified in the next section.

Course modules

Modules for the dissertation path:

Core modules:
The Economics of Micro-Finance (15 credits);
Development Economics (15 credits);
Microeconomic Theory (30 credits);
Econometrics (30 credits);
Dissertation (60 credits).

Elective modules:
Asset Pricing (15 credits); and
Macroeconomics (15 credits).

Modules for the literature survey path:

Core modules:
The Economics of Micro-Finance (15 credits);
Development Economics (15 credits);
Microeconomic Analysis (30 credits);
Quantitative Methods (30 credits); and
Literature Survey (30 credits).

Elective modules:
Welfare Economics (15 credits).

Elective modules for both paths:
International Macroeconomics (15 credits);
Economics of Regulation and Competition (15 credits);
Health Economics (15 credits);
History of Economic Thought (15 credits);
Corporate Finance (15 credits);
Experimental Economics and Game Theory (15 credits);
Development and World Politics (15 credits)*;
Political Economy of Global Finance (15 credits)*;
The Politics of Forced Migration (15 credits)*
* Students on the dissertation path can take only 1 of these modules, which are taught in the Department of International Politics. Students on the literature survey path can take up to 2 of these modules.

Assessment methods

For each taught module in the Department of Economics, you are assessed through a combination of coursework and one final examination. For most modules the coursework contributes 30% of the overall mark and the examination contributes 70%. The nature of the coursework which the lecturer assigns varies according to the module, for example essays, presentations or computer-based data analysis and calculations. Modules taught in the Department of International Politics are usually assessed solely by coursework.

Overall assessment is based on your performance in the taught modules and a dissertation or literature survey. Students require 180 credits to pass the MSc. The weighting of each module within the overall mark is determined by the credit value assigned to that module.

Sponsorship information

The School of Arts & Social Sciences offers a 10% discount on tuition fees for all City graduates.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time September 2017 GBP 10,000 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 years
MSc Full-time September 2017 GBP 10,000 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 years
MSc Full-time September 2017 GBP 10,000 per Year 1 (England) 1 years
MSc Full-time September 2017 GBP 14,000 per Year 1 (International) 1 years
MSc Full-time September 2017 GBP 10,000 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 years
MSc Part-time September 2017 GBP 5,000 per Year 1 (England) 2 years
MSc Part-time September 2017 GBP 7,000 per Year 1 (International) 2 years
MSc Part-time September 2017 GBP 5,000 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 2 years
MSc Part-time September 2017 GBP 5,000 per Year 1 (Scotland) 2 years
MSc Part-time September 2017 GBP 5,000 per Year 1 (Wales) 2 years

Campus details

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Northampton Square Islington EC1V 0HB South East

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