Entry requirements

A good Honours first degree (or overseas equivalent) in Economics or a related discipline. You are expected to have received a good training in economics, to at least intermediate level, and to have a basic knowledge of calculus and statistics.

Months of entry


Course content

This new programme reflects our strength in both theoretical and applied policy areas, particularly as they concern emerging and developing countries. A technical training in the formal analysis of developmental economics is vital to careers involving developing countries.

The programme comprises 180 credits in total (credits are given in brackets).
Compulsory courses:

  • Microeconomics (20)
  • Macroeconomics (30)
  • Econometrics with Development Applications (30)
  • Development Economic Theory (20)
  • Development Economic Policy (20)
  • Option (20)
  • Dissertation (40)

The option is selected from:

  • International Trade Policy
  • Economics of Financial Markets
  • International Banking: Regulation and Supervision
  • Political Economy and Economic Policy
  • Natural resource Economics
  • Game Theory
  • Economics of Financial Markets
  • Risk, Uncertainty and Information
  • Topics in Money and Banking
  • A graduate course offered elsewhere in the Schools of Business, Public Policy or Social Sciences (subject to approval)

Explore postgraduate study at Birmingham at one of our on-campus open days (Friday 13 November 2015 and Friday 4 March 2016). Register to attend at: www.birmingham.ac.uk/pgopendays

If you can’t make it to one of our on-campus open days, our virtual open days run regularly throughout the year. For more information, please visit: www.pg.bham.ac.uk

Information for international students

International students can find details of scholarships at www.international.bham.ac.uk/scholarships.htm

Fees and funding

UK students
£6,570 FT - £3,285 PT
International students
£16,170 FT

Contact the Department directly for more information. Home/EU students can also request a Sources of Finance booklet by emailing: financialsupport@bham.ac.uk

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations60
Written coursework / continuous assessment20
Dissertation20 (10000 words)

Course contact details

Postgraduate Enquiry Service
0121 414 5005