University of Glasgow

University of Glasgow

Development Studies

This programme provides non-economics graduates a solid grounding in policy analysis, economic growth and economic development. Students develop a thorough understanding of the main models related to economic growth and development and of the economics of transition from less developed to developed status. 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. Students have the opportunity to enhance their learning by taking courses in other subjects at the University such as economic and social history, Central and East European studies and sociology, anthropology and applied social sciences.

Entry requirements

Applicants require a 2.1 Honours degree or non-UK equivalent qualification (for example, Grade Point Average 3.0 or above) in a social sciences subject; occasionally candidates with other qualifications and relevant work experience may also be admitted; if students have a degree in Economics and wish to pursue further studies in development economics, they are advised to apply for the MSc Economic Development or the MSc Finance and Economic Development.

Course modules

Students take 2 core courses and 4 optional courses and complete a substantial independent piece of work, normally in the form of a dissertation. Core courses: growth and development; development policy. Optional courses: aid and development; basic econometrics; behavioural economics; theory and applications; challenges in international policies; critical perspectives on human rights; economics of inequality and deprivation; environmental economics; financial institutions and markets in developing countries; foreign direct investment and development; human rights and global politics; IMF world bank and economic growth; international security and global politics; international trade; policies for sustainability and development; project planning, appraisal and implementation; the European Union in international politics and development; the law and economics of sovereign debt regulation; theory and principles of sustainability. If students have little or no economics experience, they are strongly recommended to take the non-credit introductory course to economics offered before semester 1 begins.

Assessment methods

Students complete a dissertation of between 12,000 and 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

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