MSc in Emerging Economies and International Development

King's College London
1-2 years
Full time/part time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
On campus
September 2023
Application deadline: 24 July 2023
King's College London

About this program

MSc in Emerging Economies and International Development

This Emerging Economies and International Development MSc is an interdisciplinary social science degree in international development with a unique focus on middle-income countries. It explores what we can learn from the experiences and development models of these emerging powers.

Admission requirements

A minimum 2:1 undergraduate Bachelor’s (honours) degree

If you have a lower degree classification or a degree in an unrelated subject, your application may be considered if you can demonstrate significant relevant work experience, or offer a related graduate qualification (such as a Master's or PGDip).

English language requirements

English language band: B

To study at King's, it is essential that you can communicate in English effectively in an academic environment. You are usually required to provide certification of your competence in English before starting your studies.

Nationals of majority English speaking countries (as defined by the UKVI) who have permanently resided in this country are not usually required to complete an additional English language test. This is also the case for applicants who have successfully completed an undergraduate degree (of at least three years duration), a postgraduate taught degree (of at least one year), or a PhD in a majority English speaking country (as defined by the UKVI) within five years of the course start date.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the college website.

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Program content

  • Topics in the Analysis of Emerging Economies
  • Development Theory and Emerging Economies
  • Dissertation

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available, please visit the college website for more information



  • Full time: £11,760 per year (2023/24)
  • Part time: £5,880 per year (2023/24)


  • Full time: £26,160 per year (2023/24)
  • Part time: £13,080 per year (2023/24)


Key Benefits

  • Enjoy a distinctive approach to development that focuses on middle-income countries.
  • Focus your studies on development theory and practice.
  • Learn from a multidisciplinary course taught by experts in international development, economics, politics, anthropology, sociology and history.
  • Choose from an extensive selection of optional modules, spanning research methods, development practice, gender, social policy, poverty and inequality, and region-specific teaching. Taught by a truly international department of academics with experience from around the world.

Program Outcome

During this Emerging Economies and International Development MSc, you’ll combine distinct disciplinary training on subjects like development theory and practice, poverty and inequality, gender, and social policy with applied case studies on specific middle-income countries and regions.

It’s your opportunity to explore key questions relating to international development. You’ll learn why some countries grow fast while others stagnate, and why some countries are more equal than others. You’ll study the development strategies that exist at national and international levels, and explore the historical developments that influence contemporary problems and solutions. You’ll discover how the world is reconfigured by changes in geopolitical relations and question whether economic growth is the main development goal or problem.

By focusing on middle-income countries, you’ll get the chance to think through successes and failures, problems and solutions of a world that actively seeks social, political and economic change.

The multidisciplinary syllabus of this Emerging Economies and International Development MSc straddles a range of disciplines including politics, anthropology, sociology, economics, and history. The curriculum provides intellectual perspectives from the Global South and the Global North and is taught by a truly diverse teaching body of experts from across the world.

To begin, you will build your knowledge of development theory and practice relevant to middle-income countries. You’ll develop your research skills and gain a wider understanding of specific topics of analysis, such as social justice, inequality, labour, trade and markets, institutions and politics.

You will also get the opportunity to explore your perspective of development through a list of optional modules. You’re invited to mix and match modules that cover research methods, development topics, development practice and specific regions to specialise further.

When you study this Emerging Economies and International Development MSc, you’ll join a dynamic and innovative department that works closely with students to develop expertise in the field of international development and in middle-income countries that can be particularly attractive to the labour market.

And thanks to our location in the heart of London, you can benefit from our close links with NGOs, think tanks, charities, and research organisations, as well as other Universities and the cultural sector.

You will graduate with a deeper knowledge of key contemporary issues, regional expertise, an understanding of research methods and a range of critical skills that you can apply in the development sector.

Would you prefer to focus more on the political economy of emerging markets, including states, markets and the institutional basis of growth? If so, take a look at our Political Economy of Emerging Markets MSc.

Career paths

As an Emerging Economies and International Development MSc graduate, you will be equipped with a combination of research training, development practice skills and subject knowledge that can be applied in a number of international development roles as well as in national policy.

The expertise and skills you learn in this Program are very attractive to the labour market and will enhance your employability in the development sector, both within the UK and other OECD countries, as well as within emerging economies.

But you’ll also be able to use your transferable skills in a number of alternative careers, such as in consultancy organisations, in private sector companies with global operations, or in policymaking.

Graduates of the Emerging Economies and International Development MSc have gone on to work in roles in:

  • Development Think Tanks
  • International Non-Governmental Organisations
  • Government and policy
  • Consultancy and advisory bodies
  • Labour rights consultancy
  • Women’s rights consultancy
  • United Nations
  • Social enterprises

About this institute

King's College London

King's College London is one of the top 35 universities in the world (QS World University Rankings 2022) and among the oldest in England (founded 1829). The university has more than 29,600 students, with just under 11,000 being international students from...

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Phone no: +44 (0) 20 7836 5454


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