2.1 Honours degree or non-UK equivalent (eg, a GPA of 3.0 or above) in economics or in a related discipline, with at least 3 courses in economics and/or development studies. Students with less than three courses in economics or development studies may be considered if they have relevant work experience.
International students with academic qualifications below those required should contact our partner institution, Glasgow International College, who offer a range of pre-Masters courses.
Months of entry
This programme is designed for graduates with a background in economics who want to develop an understanding of policy analysis, design and management relevant to developing countries.
- The programme is designed to meet the needs of those interested in problems and policies in developing countries. While it is at the research frontier, with special attention devoted to the policy and practical implications of different theories.
- You will be taught by leaders in the field, many of whom have worked with international and government organisations including the IMF, World Bank, UN, Commonwealth Secretariat, central banks and government organisations in developing countries.
- The University of Glasgow Adam Smith Business School celebrates the legacy of Adam Smith by developing enlightened, enterprising and engaged graduates and internationally recognised research with real social impact.
You will take two core and four optional courses, and complete a substantial independent piece of work, normally in the form of a dissertation.
- Development policy
- Growth and development.
Optional courses may include
- Aid and development
- Basic econometrics
- Behavioural economics: theory and applications
- Economics of inequality and deprivation
- Environmental economics
- Foreign direct investment and development
- IMF, World Bank and economic growth
- International trade
- Money, finance and growth
- Policies for sustainability and development
- Project planning, appraisal and implementation
- Theory and principles of sustainability.
Optional courses are also offered in Economic & Social History and Politics.
Career options open to you include working for international organisations, government ministries, academia and research institutions, non-governmental organisations, banks and other financial institutions. Recent graduates of this programme now work for organisations such as the British Council, the Avina foundation, Channing Lucas, consulting firms, and various local and national governments around the world.
Our dedicated College of Social Sciences Employability Officer works with students to enhance their employability.
Information for international students
For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level.
International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training):
- overall score 6.5
- two sub-tests no less than 6.5, no sub-test less than 6.0
- or equivalent scores in another recognised qualification:
Common equivalent English language qualifications
All stated English tests are acceptable for admission for both home/EU and international students for this programme:
- ibTOEFL: 90; no sub-test less than:
- Reading: 20
- Listening: 19
- Speaking: 19
- Writing: 23
- CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
- CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
- PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English, Academic test): 60; no sub-test less than 59
- Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English: ISEII at Distinction with Distinction in all sub-tests
For international students, the Home Office has confirmed that the University can choose to use these tests to make its own assessment of English language ability for visa applications to degree level programmes. The University is also able to accept an IELTS test (Academic module) from any of the 1000 IELTS test centres from around the world and we do not require a specific UKVI IELTS test for degree level programmes. We therefore still accept any of the English tests listed for admission to this programme.
The University of Glasgow accepts evidence of the required language level from the English for Academic Study Unit Pre-sessional courses. We also consider other BALEAP accredited pre-sessional courses:
Fees and funding
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
- Adam Smith Business School