Taught course

Economic Development

University of Glasgow · Adam Smith Business School

Entry requirements

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 credit-bearing modules in Economics and/or Development Studies. Students with less than 3 modules 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


Course content

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.

Why Glasgow

  • 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.

Programme Structure

You will take three core courses, three optional courses and complete a substantial independent piece of work, normally in the form of a dissertation.

Core Courses

  • Development policy
  • Growth and development
  • IMF, World Bank and economic growth

Optional Courses

  • Aid and development
  • Basic econometrics
  • Behavioural economics: theory and applications
  • Economics of inequality and deprivation
  • Environmental economics
  • Financial institutions and markets in developing countries
  • Financial sector stability and growth
  • Foreign direct investment and development
  • International trade
  • Money, finance and growth
  • Policies for sustainability and development
  • Project planning, appraisal and implementation
  • The law and economics of sovereign debt regulation
  • Theory and principles of sustainability.

Optional courses are also offered in Economic & Social History and Politics.

Information for international students

The University of Glasgow welcomes students from over 100 different countries. For applicants whose first language is not English, the University normally sets a minimum English Language proficiency level. Visit: http://www.gla.ac.uk/international/englishlanguagerequirements/ for details.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students


Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Adam Smith Business School