MSc
1 year full time, 2 years part time
Starts September 2017

Development Economics

Explore microeconomic development issues such as poverty, inequality, health, education and labour; and macroeconomic themes relating to economic growth, management of resource wealth, trade and aid.

You'll learn how to systematically evaluate policy, gain the skills to conduct independent research and develop the attributes needed for employment as a professional economist working in the development field.

The ESRC-funded South East Network for Social Sciences Doctoral Training Partnership is in progress of recognising this Masters as a pathway to doctoral study.

The intellectually diverse classroom helped me broaden my views and learn about different cultures.”Kushboo Gupta
Development Economics MSc

Key facts

  • Sussex is ranked 1st in the world for Development Studies in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017.
  • Combine the latest economic theories with contemporary empirical methodologies to address global economic development issues.
  • Prepare yourself for a prestigious career in a variety of fields including international organisations, government, consultancies or NGOs.

How will I study?

You're assessed via unseen written examinations, presentations and a term paper. In addition, you’ll write a 15,000-word dissertation supervised by faculty.

Internship

This MSc has an internship variant. This allows you to take a three-month internship break for an approved purpose such as a placement in an international organisation or a research assistant post in a university.

The registration period for the MSc is then lengthened by three months. If you're interested in the MSc with an internship, you should apply for the standard MSc as described here and may be transferred to the MSc with an internship after starting the standard MSc.

Full-time and part-time study

You can choose to study this course full time or part time. Find the modules for the full-time course below. 

For details about the part-time course structure, contact us at pgbmec@sussex.ac.uk

What will I study?

  • Module list

    Core modules

    Core modules are taken by all students on the course. They give you a solid grounding in your chosen subject and prepare you to explore the topics that interest you most.

    • Analytical Methods in Economics

      15 credits
      Autumn Teaching, Year 1

      This module starts to equip you with the tools of economic and econometric analysis necessary for the pursuit of Economics at Masters level. It comprises sections on basic mathematical and statistical methods and the use of appropriate computer packages (currently Stata).

    • Development Microeconomics

      15 credits
      Autumn Teaching, Year 1

      This module focuses on three linked topics: the measurement, profile and reduction of poverty; the institutional and technical bases for economic development in agriculture and the rural sector; and the role and workings of factor markets.

    • Econometric Methods 1

      15 credits
      Autumn Teaching, Year 1

      This module covers the basic techniques of modern econometrics, making use of applied studies to illustrate the material, particularly from the fields of development and international economics.

      You are also introduced to the analysis of data sets using the STATA software package, and the interpretation of the resulting output. The emphasis is upon the appropriate application of econometrics to practical problems arising in economics.

    • Development Macroeconomics

      15 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

      This module concerns growth, trade and macroeconomic issues for developing countries.

      It covers financial repression, foreign exchange controls, dual labour markets, structural adjustment, stabilisation and external debt, and the growth and equity impact of macroeconomic adjustment modules and trade policy options.

    • Econometric Methods 2

      15 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

      This module is devoted in part to further topics in econometrics, including maximum likelihood techniques, qualitative response models, models with limited dependent variables, and panel-data estimation.

    • Economic Analysis 2

      15 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

      This module is oriented towards the design of macroeconomic policy in open economies in the short and medium term.

      Among the topics covered are:

      • concepts of equilibrium unemployment
      • causes and consequences of real and nominal wage rigidity
      • rational expectations in models with and without market clearing
      • nominal income versus inflation targeting.
    • Research Methods for Economics

      15 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

      This module equips you with practical econometric tools for analysis, information about economic data sources and their limitations, an understanding of how research and analysis policy fit into the policy-making process and how to communicate with policy-makers and other users of analysis.

    • Dissertation in Economics

      60 credits
      Summer Teaching, Year 1

      The basis of this module is to prepare a 15,000-word dissertation on an original topic of your choice.

Find out about postgraduate Economics courses at the University of Sussex

Entry requirements

An upper second-class (2.1) undergraduate honours degree or above in economics, including intermediate level microeconomics and macroeconomics

English language requirements

Standard level (IELTS 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each section)

Find out about other English language qualifications we accept.

English language support

Don’t have the English language level for your course? Find out more about our pre-sessional courses.

Additional information for international students

We welcome applications from all over the world. Find out about international qualifications suitable for our Masters courses.

Visas and immigration

Find out how to apply for a student visa


Fees and scholarships

How much does it cost?

Fees

Home: £7,700 per year

EU: £7,700 per year

Channel Islands and Isle of Man: £7,700 per year

Overseas: £15,100 per year

Note that your fees may be subject to an increase on an annual basis.

How can I fund my course?

Postgraduate Masters loans

Borrow up to £10,280 to contribute to your postgraduate study.

Find out more about Postgraduate Masters Loans

Scholarships

Our aim is to ensure that every student who wants to study with us is able to despite financial barriers, so that we continue to attract talented and unique individuals.

Chancellor’s Masters Scholarship (2017)

Open to students with a 1st class from a UK university or excellent grades from an EU university and offered a F/T place on a Sussex Masters in 2017

Application deadline:

1 August 2017

Find out more about the Chancellor’s Masters Scholarship

Postgraduate Economics Scholarship for African students. (2017)

The scholarship is for a student from a sub-Saharan African country studying for either the Development Economics MSc or the Economics MSc

Application deadline:

1 July 2017

Find out more about the Postgraduate Economics Scholarship for African students.

SPRU 50th Anniversary Scholarship (2017)

Five £10,000 scholarships for outstanding applicants who have accepted a place on one of SPRU’s five MSc courses.

Application deadline:

1 July 2017

Find out more about the SPRU 50th Anniversary Scholarship

St. Kovachev Scholarship for International Marketing MSc (2017)

The scholarship is for a UK/EU student studying for the International Marketing MSc.

Application deadline:

1 July 2017

Find out more about the St. Kovachev Scholarship for International Marketing MSc

St. Kovachev Scholarship in Economics MSc or International Business Economics MSc (2017)

The scholarship is for a UK/EU student studying for the Economics MSc or International Business Economics MSc

Application deadline:

1 July 2017

Find out more about the St. Kovachev Scholarship in Economics MSc or International Business Economics MSc

Sussex Graduate Scholarship (2017)

Open to Sussex students who graduate with a first or upper second-class degree and offered a full-time place on a Sussex Masters course in 2017

Application deadline:

1 August 2017

Find out more about the Sussex Graduate Scholarship

Sussex India Scholarships (2017)

Sussex India Scholarships are worth £3,500 and are for overseas fee paying students from India commencing Masters study in September 2017.

Application deadline:

1 August 2017

Find out more about the Sussex India Scholarships

Sussex Malaysia Scholarships (2017)

Sussex Malaysia Scholarships are worth £3,500 and are for overseas fee paying students from Malaysia commencing Masters study in September 2017.

Application deadline:

1 August 2017

Find out more about the Sussex Malaysia Scholarships

Sussex MBA Scholarship (2017)

The Sussex MBA Scholarship is available on a competitive basis to UK, EU and international applicants who have been offered a place on The Sussex MBA.

Find out more about the Sussex MBA Scholarship

Sussex Nigeria Scholarships (2017)

Sussex Nigeria Scholarships are worth £3,500 or £5,000 and are for overseas fee paying students from Nigeria commencing a Masters in September 2017.

Application deadline:

1 August 2017

Find out more about the Sussex Nigeria Scholarships

Sussex Pakistan Scholarships (2017)

Sussex Pakistan Scholarships are worth £3,500 and are for overseas fee paying students from Pakistan commencing Masters study in September 2017.

Application deadline:

1 August 2017

Find out more about the Sussex Pakistan Scholarships

The Hornsey Scholarship (2017)

A £10,000 award for an outstanding student on the MSc in International Accounting and Corporate Governance.

Application deadline:

31 July 2017

Find out more about the The Hornsey Scholarship

How Masters scholarships make studying more affordable

Living costs

Find out typical living costs for studying at Sussex.


Faculty

Meet the people teaching and supervising on your course.

Our MSc provides our graduates with the skills and understanding they need to work as practising development economists.”Andy McKay
Professor of Development Economics MSc

Careers

Graduate destinations

100% of students from the Department of Economics were in work or further study six months after graduating. Our students have gone on to jobs including:

  • analyst, HSBC
  • economist, Central Bank of Ireland
  • research fellow, Overseas Development Institute.

(HESA EPI, Destinations of Post Graduate Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2015)

Your future career

Your Development Economics MSc at Sussex will improve your ethical awareness, sensitivity and self-confidence while developing your skills in independent thought, problem solving, teamwork, and leadership.

Our graduates have a good track record of success in securing prestigious Overseas Development Institute Fellowships. Others have gone on to careers in:

  • international organisations (for example, World Bank, OECD, IMF, IADB, ADB)
  • UK Government (for example, DfiD and HM Treasury)
  • governments abroad
  • the financial sector
  • consultancies (for example, Oxford Policy Management)
  • academia (both UK and abroad).

Working while you study

Our Careers and Employability Centre can help you find part-time work while you study. Find out more about career development and part-time work

“After graduating I was able to join an international institution as a researcher, applying what I had learned on the MSc.” Dina Abdel FattahDevelopment Economics MSc

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