MSc Development Economics

University of Sussex Business School
1-2 years
Full time/part time
Master's degree
Scholarships available

About this program

MSc Development Economics

Gain a rigorous training in economics and development, and develop a thorough understanding of a wide range of economic theories, concepts and methods of analysis. Become a policy-oriented development economist in government, international development organisations, consultancies or prepare for PhD study.

On this course, you’ll benefit from our applied approach to teaching and research. You’ll engage in current debates, work with real data and begin to appreciate the nuances around economic problems and policies. There’s a particular focus on circumstances where markets are not well developed, institutions are weak or contested, or where high-quality data is scarce.

Admission requirements

UK requirements

Degree requirements

You should normally have an upper second-class (2.1) undergraduate honours degree or above.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in economics and include intermediate-level microeconomics and macroeconomics. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic)

Standard level (6.0 overall, including at least 5.5 in each component).

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

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Program content

Core modules

Autumn teaching

  • Analytical Methods in Economics
  • Development Microeconomics
  • Econometric Methods 1
  • Economic Analysis 1

Spring teaching

  • Development Macroeconomics
  • Econometric Methods 2
  • Economic Analysis 2
  • Research Methods for Economics

Summer teaching

  • Dissertation in Economics

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please visit the university website for more information.


  • Home students: £12,250 per year for full-time students
  • Channel Islands and Isle of Man students: £12,250 per year for full-time students
  • International students: £20,950 per year for full-time students


You’ll learn to

  • design and evaluate policy
  • frame complex development challenges
  • communicate economic and technical analysis to specialist and non-specialist audiences
  • understand ethical standards and behaviours in research, analysis and policy
  • work effectively in diverse teams as well as in leadership roles.

Career paths

You’ll be well prepared for careers in:

  • international organisations (for example, World Bank, OECD, IMF, IADB, ADB, UN)
  • UK Government (for example, HM Treasury)
  • governments abroad
  • the financial sector
  • consultancies (for example, Oxford Policy Management)
  • academia (both UK and abroad).

Graduate destinations

Recent University of Sussex Business School graduates from our Economics courses have gone on to jobs including:

  • economic adviser, UK Government Economics Service, Department for International Development
  • technical co-ordinator, Social Security and Intergenerational Taxation, United Nations
  • research analyst, MIGA (Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency) World Bank Group.

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