Development Economics (MSc)

University of Kent the United Kingdom

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About Development Economics at University of Kent

Location: Canterbury

Our degree trains highly qualified professionals to pursue careers in national and international organisations, business and the financial sector, and oversees governments. Capitalizing on the School’s unique decades-long research expertise in this area.

Reasons to study Development Economics at Kent
  • you'll study in our new Kennedy building, home to our economics community, with excellent facilities, ideal for teaching analytic tools.
  • you’ll have access to the excellent research facilities in The Templeman Library
  • you’ll be part of one of a few courses in the UK to offer specialist training in advanced econometric methods and their application
  • you’ll study in a multicultural environment and build yourself an international professional network for the future
  • you’ll develop your ability to apply economic knowledge, analytical tools and skills to a range of national and international problems in the areas of finance, development, agriculture and the environment
  • you'll learn from inspiring lecturers who advise UK, European and international organisations
What you'll learn

Build on your existing knowledge, abilities and skills by developing a deeper understanding of development economics, sustainable economic growth and environmental valuation, whilst choosing modules and areas of interest to specialise in. You’ll develop the skills necessary for independent research and application in the area of development economics. 

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Placement opportunity

Students on this course have the opportunity to undertake a research placement at Brac University (BracU), Dhaka, Bangladesh or North South University, Bangladesh, as part of their degree. The placement takes place in the Summer term. It includes co-supervision of the MSc dissertation by academics from Kent and BracU or North South University and gives students exceptional access to primary data and academic experts in the field of development economics in Bangladesh.

BracU and North South University are widely considered to be among the top private universities in Bangladesh in terms of academic excellence and prestige. They both have extensive connections with NGOs in Bangladesh. 

BracU is linked to the BRAC organisation, an international development organisation based in Bangladesh. BRAC is now one of the largest NGOs in the world, operating not only in Bangladesh but also in ten other countries in Africa and Asia.

Building on BRAC’s experience of seeking solutions to challenges posed by extreme poverty, BracU is committed to instilling in its students a commitment to working towards national development and progress.

Knowledge and understanding

You gain a knowledge and inderstanding of the following:

  • The concepts, principles, theories, models and methods of the advanced Development Economics.
  • The econometric, mathematical, statistical and computing methods used in Development Economics.
  • Sources of data from the developing world and methods used to analyse such data, and ability to make use of sources and methods.
  • Model building in Development Economics and critical analysis of such models.
  • Application of core economic theory and reasoning to applied topics.
  • Research methods and management.
  • Specialist supervised dissertation topic and quantitative methods project.
  • Economic analysis of policy.
  • Chosen specialist areas in Development Economics selected from a range of options.
  • Critical evaluation of major debates and articles in advanced development literature

Intellectual Skills

You gain the following intellectual skills:

  • Ability to abstract the essential features of a complex system.
  • Ability to think about what are the important variables and fixed parameters in analysing a problem.
  • Ability to analyse complex issues using deductive and inductive reasoning.
  • Ability to organise and use information to analyse complex issues and construct and test different hypotheses.
  • Ability to review literature critically and appreciate alternative explanations and analyses of a problem.
  • Ability to effectively work under supervision for the dissertation and manage supervised dissertation and quantitative projects.

Subject-specific skills

You gain the following subject-specific skills:

  • Analytical skills in Development Economics.
  • Ability to develop and understand models of behaviour at international markets.
  • Ability to apply economic principles and analysis to a range of issues, problems and policies.
  • Ability to abstract the essential features of an economic issue, problem or system.
  • Knowledge of the principal sources of the data on developing economies and information and ability to use and present this information. 
  • Be able to carry out econometric analysis of the data on developing economies.
  • Ability to synthesize and compare critically different economic analyses of an economic issue.
  • Ability to research the literature on a development economics issue.  
  • Research management skills.
  • Ability to apply economic skills to investigate supervised dissertation and quantitative methods projects.

Transferable skills

You gain the following transferable skills:

  • Effective communication of analysis and ideas both orally and in written form.
  • Ability to assemble, analyse, use and present data.  
  • Understanding and ability to use economic, mathematical and quantitative methods to analyse issues and problems. 
  • Development of Information Technology skills through using statistical and econometric packages, bibliographic searches and word processing coursework.  
  • Independence in initiating and executing work.  
  • Ability to analyse and solve problems.
  • Ability to think critically about proposed analyses and solutions to a problem or issue.
  • Ability to define and test hypotheses.
  • Become responsible for managing own learning and academic performance.
  • Research management skills acquired through managing supervised dissertation and quantitative methods projects.

The programme aims to:

  • To provide a stimulating education in the principles of Development Economics and their application, in which high quality teaching motivates students to achieve their full potential. The teaching is informed by the research and scholarship of teaching staff.
  • To build on the existing knowledge, abilities and skills of all students, and to develop a deeper understanding of economic theory, empirical analysis and policy applications in their relation to Development Economics.
  • To provide options to enable students to study selected areas of Development Economics in depth.
  • To develop in students the ability to apply economic knowledge, analytical tools and skills in a range of theoretical, applied and policy problems.
  • To develop the skills necessary for independent research and to prepare students for work as professional economists in the area of Development Economics.
  • To provide information and advice on future employment and further postgraduate study.

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Notes about fees for this course

Full Time UK/EU: TBC EUR | Full Time Overseas: TBC EUR | Part Time UK/EU: TBC EUR | Part Time Overseas: N/A

Entry requirements

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