Taught course

Development Economics

University of East Anglia · School of International Development

Entry requirements

Applicants should have gained a minimum 2:1 degree in a Social Sciences or economics / joint economics background. All students will be expected to attend an introductory course in mathematics and statistics for economists for two weeks in the September prior to commencement of the MA.

Months of entry


Course content

The MSc Development Economics degree is directed and taught by a team of experienced and internationally-respected development economists. The course provides advanced postgraduate level training opportunities both to recent graduates and mid-career professionals looking to update their analytical techniques and practical skills, or to acquire new ones.

The study of poverty and development in low-income countries is attracting more attention around the world than ever before. International development organisations and agencies (for example, the World Bank, IMF, DFID, Oxfam, Action Aid, WIDER) and academic institutions increasingly recognise that the study of economic development in a world that is experiencing rapid globalisation requires an approach that is analytically rigorous and, at the same time, problem- and policy-oriented.

This course emphasises the development of research skills that are essential, not only for further study in the field of development economics, but also in practical development work, preparing students for employment with government ministries, national and international development agencies, NGOs, and the private sector.

Information for international students

We welcome applications from students whose first language is not English. To ensure such students benefit from postgraduate study, we require evidence of proficiency in English. Our usual entry requirements are as follows: - IELTS: 6.5 (minimum 6.0 in all components) - PTE (Pearson): 62 (minimum 55 in all components)

Fees and funding

A variety of Scholarships and Bursaries may be offered to UK/EU and International students. These are normally awarded to students on the basis of academic merit and are usually for the duration of the period of study.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions Office
+44 (0) 1603 591515