Entry requirements

A first- or upper second-class undergraduate honours degree in economics.

Months of entry


Course content

This MSc explores development issues covering poverty, economic growth, stabilisation and debt.

You learn how to deal with complex issues both systematically and creatively, and how to show originality in tackling problems. You explore how to assess policy and work with policy-makers. You develop qualities needed for employment as an economist such as sound judgement, personal responsibility and initiative in difficult and unpredictable professional environments.

ESRC recognition

This MSc is recognised by the ESRC under its 1+3 scheme.


This MSc has an ‘internship’ variant. This allows you to take a three-month ‘internship break’ for an approved purpose such as a placement in an international organisation or a research assistant post in a university. The registration period for the MSc is then lengthened by three months. If you are interested in the MSc with an internship, you should apply for the standard MSc as described here, and may be transferred to the MSc with an internship after starting the standard MSc.

Course Structure

We continue to develop and update our modules for 2017 entry to ensure you have the best student experience. In addition to the course structure below, you may find it helpful to refer to the Modules tab. Modules may be subject to change.

The course comprises eight modules – Analytical Methods • Development Economics (two terms) • Econometrics (two terms) • Economic Analysis (two terms) • Research Methods and a dissertation.

Information for international students

Please visit: International qualifications for Masters courses or Fees and Scholarships.

Fees and funding

UK students
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International students
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Please visit our website for latest fees information: http://www.sussex.ac.uk/study/masters/2017/business-management-and-economics/development-economics-msc

The University of Sussex aims to attract the most talented students to postgraduate study. For full details of our scholarships please visit: Masters Scholarships

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Student Recruitment Services
+44 (0)1273 872717