University of Glasgow

University of Glasgow

Economic Development

This programme is designed for graduates with a background in economics who want to develop an understanding of policy analysis, design and management relevant to developing countries. The programme is designed to meet the needs of those interested in problems and policies in developing countries. While it is at the research frontier, with special attention devoted to the policy and practical implications of different theories. Students are taught by leaders in the field, many of whom have worked with international and government organisations including the IMF, World Bank, UN, Commonwealth Secretariat, central banks and government organisations in developing countries.

Entry requirements

Applicants require a 2.1 Honours degree or non-UK equivalent qualification (for example, Grade Point Average 3.0 or above) in Economics or in a relevant subject containing a significant amount of economics; if students do not have a background in economics but intend to pursue further studies in the area of development, learners are advised to apply for the MSc Development Studies. For applicants whose 1st language is not English, the University sets a minimum English language proficiency level, being IELTS overall 6.5 score (no sub-test less than 6.0), or equivalent scores in another recognised qualification.

Course modules

Students take 3 core courses, 3 optional courses and complete a substantial independent piece of work, normally in the form of a dissertation. Core courses; development policy; growth and development; IMF, World Bank and economic growth. Optional courses; aid and development; basic econometrics; behavioural economics: theory and applications; economics of inequality and deprivation; environmental economics; financial institutions and markets in developing countries; financial sector stability and growth; foreign direct investment and development; international trade; money, finance and growth; policies for sustainability and development; project planning, appraisal and implementation; the law and economics of sovereign debt regulation; theory and principles of sustainability. Optional courses are also offered in economic and social history and politics.

Assessment methods

Students complete a dissertation of between 12,000-15,000 words.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time £ 7,000 per Academic year (home fees) 12 months
MSc Full-time £ 14,500 per Academic year (overseas fees) 12 months
MSc Full-time £ 7,000 per Academic year (EU fees) 12 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of Glasgow Glasgow G12 8QQ Scotland

Key information

Business School
Telephone number: 
0141 330 5061