Applications for the MSc Development Finance are extremely competitive and, as places are limited, we give preference to those eligible applicants who best meet our selection criteria.
When considering your application we will look at a number of factors. We will assess whether you meet our minimum entry requirements and, in addition, we will look at your individual academic performance within your class, the curriculum of the course you have studied and where you have studied.
Please note if you meet our minimum entry requirements but due to the high demand for the programme we are unable to make you an offer immediately, you may be placed on a waiting list. Candidates on a waiting list will receive an offer only if places become available.
Our minimum entry requirement is a Bachelor's degree with a minimum classification of Second Class Honours, Upper Division (2:1) in Economics or a related subject with 60% or above in economics and statistics modules or its international equivalent. 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. Please contact the School's admissions office for further guidance.
Please submit the following documents with your application:
- Copies of official degree certificates and transcripts of your previous study, showing the subjects taken and grades obtained. If these documents are in languages other than English please provide official translations.
- Two written references, signed by the referee and on official headed paper.
- A personal statement detailing why you wish to study the course, your experiences, what you can bring to the course and any other information that you see as relevant to your application
- Your CV
- Copies of English Language Certification, e.g. IELTS, TOEFL or Pearson test score report.
Months of entry
MSc Development Finance will provide you with a thorough understanding of specific aspects of development finance, recognising that finance-related issues are increasingly important in development.
It will equip you with the necessary skills to make a meaningful contribution to policy formulation and implementation, by focusing on financial development policy and financial management, with specific reference to developing countries.
You will apply different approaches to the collection, analysis and presentation of data, as well as in critically evaluating specific issues of development, and gathering, organising and using evidence and information from a wide variety of sources.
It provides skills in identifying, investigating and justifying possible solutions to problems arising out of the theory and practice of economic development. These also include competency in developing a reasoned argument, critically considering data sources and defending different approaches.
By the end of this course, you should have obtained a detailed knowledge of the key issues and debates in various aspects of economic development, familiarity with theoretical approaches concerning development problems and an appreciation of the diversity of development policies.
Informal enquiries, prior to applications, are welcomed. Please contact Programme Director Dr Ralitza Dimova at firstname.lastname@example.org
Information for international students
Applicants whose first language is not English should meet the following language requirements:
- IELTS 6.5 overall, 6.5 in writing, no sub-section below 6.0
- TOEFL iBT overall score of 90 with a minimum score of 22 in writing and 20 in the other subsections
- Pearson PTE overall score of 59 with a minimum score of 59 in the written section and 51 in all other subsections
- Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) or Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) overall score of 176 or above, with 176 in writing and no sub-section below 169
Fees and funding
The School of Environment, Education and Development is offering a number of scholarships for 2018 entry. For further information please click here .
The Manchester Alumni Scholarship Scheme offers a £3,000 reduction in tuition fees to University of Manchester alumni who achieved a 1st and are progressing to a postgraduate taught masters course for September 2018 entry (terms and conditions apply - please contact us for further information).
See also the University's postgraduate funding database for more funding opportunities.
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
- School of Environment, Education and Development
- +44(0)161 275 3463