M.Sc. On Campus

Development Economics

City, University of London

12 months
15920 GBP/year
10610 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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By joining the Development Economics programme from City, University of London, you can bridge the gap between economics and development, and learn how to apply economic and quantitative analysis to solve problems that face policy-making and decision-making in developed and developing countries.


Who is it for?

Want to develop a rewarding career as a development economist in the public or private sector? This Development Economics programme from City, University of London will appeal to you if you have a quantitative background. You will develop your understanding of the key issues in economic development, and explore the economic theory and statistical tools you need to analyse policies and assess their impact on economic and human development.

You have the option of studying full-time over the course of one year or part-time over the course of two years.


The Development Economics MSc will help you:

  • Develop your analytical, quantitative and modelling abilities
  • Develop your knowledge of modern economic theory, at both a micro and macro level
  • Analyse the strengths and weaknesses of the relevant empirical and theoretical research methodology
  • Develop your knowledge of econometric theory and techniques and how they apply to development
  • Critically interpret current research in a combination of fields, namely development, behavioural and experimental economics, financial economics, health economics, macroeconomics, regulation and competition.

Should you wish to pursue further study, the dissertation track can also serve as a stepping stone to an Economics PhD.

Career prospects

Graduates of this course enjoy a wide range of rewarding employment possibilities, in both the public and private sectors, including consultancy and economic analysis.

As a Masters in Development Economics graduate, you will have the skills to work in:

  • Consulting firms specialising in development.
  • Governmental bodies, such as the Department for International Development (DFID).
  • Major international, financial and development institutions, such as the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund or the United Nations.
  • Overseas Development Institute (ODI), which regularly recruits MSc students for overseas postings.

The MSc also provides a solid academic foundation for students wishing to pursue doctoral research in economics.


  • Officially accredited/recognized by the Privy Council, City University London is a large (enrollment range: 15,000-19,999 students) coeducational higher education institution. City University London offers courses and programs leading to officialy recognized higher education degrees such as bachelor degrees, master degrees, doctorate degrees in several areas of study.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • The Economics of Micro-Finance 
  • Development Economics 
  • Microeconomic Theory 
  • Econometrics 
  • Dissertation 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months
    • Flexible

Start dates & application deadlines


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

You should have some mathematical background (A-level, IB, AP or any other equivalent secondary school qualification) and an upper second-class undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in one of the following:

  • Economics or a related discipline (e.g. finance)
  • Business, Management, Politics, Law, Accounting, Psychology, Quantitative Sociology or Financial Journalism
  • A quantitative discipline, such as Mathematics, Engineering, Computer Science or a Natural Science

Students with a good lower second-class degree in one of the above disciplines may be considered on a case-by-case basis.

You must also meet the English language requirement for the programme.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    15920 GBP/year
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    Based on the tuition of 15920 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • National

    10610 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 10610 GBP per year during 12 months.


  • Full-time: £10,610
  • Part-time: £5,305 per year
  • Full-time: £15,920
  • Part-time: £7,960 per year
  • Full-time: £15,920
  • Part-time: £7,960 per year

Living costs for London

1137 - 2157 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.



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