Taught course

Development Economics and Policy

The University of Manchester · School of Environment and Development

Entry requirements

Applicants should hold a good first degree (minimum 2:1 or equivalent) or an equivalent qualification (e.g. a Postgraduate Diploma) 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.

Quantitative Pathway; Environmental Economics Pathway

Months of entry


Course content

This programme, run jointly by IDPM (School of Environment and Development) and Economics (School of Social Sciences), 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.

In addition to four compulsory course units, students have the opportunity to specialise in particular areas of the subject via four optional course units and a dissertation.

The theory course units provide a thorough training in both contemporary macro and micro development theory. Applied and optional course units offer you an opportunity to understand development problems and policy prescriptions within both global and national economic contexts.

The quantitative course units, which include an applied development project, enable you to test theories through the use of data sets and provide training in standard econometrics techniques and up-to-date econometrics software packages. Independent research is undertaken by all students between June and September in the form of an approved dissertation.

This programme is offered in jointly between the Economics discipline, School of Social Sciences and IDPM. Informal enquiries, prior to applications, are welcomed. Please contact: Dr Ed Amann (Programme Director) | Tel: +44 (0) 161 275 4277 | Email: Edmund.Amann@manchester.ac.uk or Dr Hulya Ulku (Programme Director) | Tel: +44 (0) 161 275 0810 | Email: hulya.ulku@manchester.ac.uk

Information for international students

English requirement: TOEFL 623 (TWE 5) paper based or 263 computer based (TWE 5)or IELTS 7.

Fees and funding

Employer, Home country Ministry of Education, British Council.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations44
Written coursework / continuous assessment22
Dissertation34 (15000 words)

Course contact details

Recruitment & Admissions Office, School of Environment & Development
0161 275 0807