Taught course

Development Economics

University of Birmingham · Birmingham Business School

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)

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Information for international students

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

Fees and funding

For more information, please visit the University's Postgraduate Funding Database.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Enquiry Service
0121 414 5005