University of Manchester

University of Manchester

Development Economics and Policy

This programme is designed to provide training in economic theory, applied economics and quantitative methods of relevance to developing and transitional economies. The programme is especially appropriate for those seeking to practice as development economists whether in government, the private sector, multilateral organisations or NGOs.

Entry requirements

A 2.1 or equivalent Honours degree in a relevant discipline from an approved university; admission of candidates who do not meet this criterion may be approved if satisfactory evidence of postgraduate study, research or professional experience can be provided; applicants whose 1st language is not English should meet the following language requirements: IELTS test score of 7.0 or more overall with a minimum writing score of 7; TOEFL test (paper-based) score of 600 or more with a minimum score in test of written English of 5; TOEFL test (internet based) score of 100 or more with a minimum writing score of 25; TOEFL test (computer-based) score of 250 or more with a minimum essay rating of 5; NCUK PMP EAP grade A.

Course modules

Modules include: Introduction to econometrics; applied development economics project; development macroeconomics; development microeconomics; stabilisation and development; poverty, inequality and government policy in LDC; optional course may include: industrialisation in less developing countries; industry, the corporation and government; economic analysis of the public sector; microfinance; trade theory and development; growth, development and economic transformation; economics of environmental policy; industrial competitiveness; international finance for development; economy, ecology and the environment; further econometrics; topics in the economic development of china; agriculture in economic development.

Assessment methods

Assessment includes independent research undertaken by all students in the form of an approved dissertation.

Sponsorship information

Students at the Institute for Development Policy and Management (IDPM) are often funded by their national governments or their employers, or are self-financing their studies; they also traditionally benefit from a number of additional funding options from the following sources: UK Department for International Development/Foreign and Commonwealth Office (including DfID/ACU Shared Scholarship Schemes); British Council; World Bank/International Development Agency; Bilateral aid agencies (SIDA, CIDA, GTZ, NORAD, FINNIDA, etc.); United Nations (UNDP, UNESCO, UNICEF, UNFPA, WHO, FAO, etc.); European Union; church, educational and other trusts; regional development banks.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time £ 5,950 per Academic year (home fees) 12 months
MSc Full-time £ 12,300 per Academic year (overseas fees) 12 months
MSc Part-time - 24 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of Manchester Manchester M13 9PL North West

Key information

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