2.1 Honours degree or non-UK equivalent (eg, a GPA of 3.0 or above) in a social sciences subject. Students with other qualifications and/or relevant work experience can also be considered. Students who have a degree in economics and wish to pursue further studies in development economics, are advised to apply for the MSc Economic Development or the MSc Finance & Economic Development.
International students with academic qualifications below those required should contact our partner institution, Glasgow International College, who offer a range of pre-Masters course.
Months of entry
This programme is suited to students from a non-economics background, and will provide you with a solid grounding in policy analysis for economic growth and development, and for combatting poverty. You will develop significant quantitative skills and economic knowledge to address contemporary issues in development, equipping you for an internationally oriented career focused on developing countries.
- The Masters in Development Studies will provide you with a good understanding of:
- the main social and developmental problems facing less developed countries
- possible policy responses to developmental issues, with an emphasis on human capital, environment, international trade, and market liberalisation
- the measurement, evolution, causes and consequences of inequality and poverty
- policies for combating poverty
- the effect of foreign capital flows on development: foreign direct investment and foreign aid
- You will be taught by experts in the field, many of whom have worked with international and government organisations including the IMF, World Bank, UN, the Asian Development Bank, Commonwealth Secretariat and central banks.
- This programme provides the empirical tools, data, and software training that will enable students to investigate economic development and to prepare an independent empirical analysis.
- In addition to a large choice of optional courses, you will have the opportunity to enhance your learning by taking courses in other subjects at the University such as Economic & Social History and Central & East European Studies.
- You will have access to conferences and seminars hosted by the Glasgow Centre for International Development. This will expose you to development in the fields of medicine, veterinary medicine, environmental management and sustainability.
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Information for international students
This one-year masters programme is eligible for a new, streamlined visa application process: find out more
Fees and funding
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
- Adam Smith Business School