Development Studies MSc

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This programme provides non-economics graduates a solid grounding in policy analysis, economic growth and economic development. You will develop a thorough understanding of the main models related to economic growth and development and of the economics of transition from less developed to developed status.

Key facts

Why this programme

  • 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 and central banks.
  • You will have the opportunity to enhance your learning by taking courses in other subjects at the University such as economic & social history and Central & East European studies.

Programme structure

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

Core courses

  • Growth and development
  • Development policy.

Sample optional courses

  • Aid and development
  • Basic econometrics 
  • Behavioural economics: theory and applications
  • Challenges in international policies
  • Economics of inequality and deprivation 
  • Environmental economics 
  • Financial institutions and markets in developing countries 
  • Foreign direct investment and development
  • Human rights and global politics
  • IMF World Bank and economic growth
  • International security and global politics
  • International trade 
  • Policies for sustainability and development 
  • Project planning, appraisal and implementation 
  • The law and economics of sovereign debt regulation
  • Theory and principles of sustainability.

If you have little or no economics you are strongly recommended to take the non-credit introductory course to economics offered before semester one begins.

What our students say

Svetlana Simonyan, Armenia (2013-14)

'It was a big challenge for me to find the University and the programme I would be interested in. Fortunately, I was admitted to the University of Glasgow and was offered a scholarship which cemented my decision to come and study here. The programme is interesting and intensive. It gives you an idea of the economic situation in the world and the emphasis is on the Third World, the developing countries. Since I come from a developing country, I am very much interested in how to help my country overcome difficulties on its way to sustainable development. You get to know that everything is more complicated than it seems, because you hear that millions of people all over the world face miserable conditions of living, have no drinking water, are exposed to different diseases and you understand that you want to help those people. I would recommend this programme to people who really want to change something in the world and to know how to prevent and overcome the difficulties faced by many countries nowadays.

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I found the start of the programme a bit challenging as it comprises subjects with requirements of algebra and geometry, as well as basic knowledge of economics. It was really a hard for me as a linguist to understand what the lecturers were talking about and what they required. I started to read all day long in order to catch up with others. Though the first semester was really hard, now I feel that I understand the lectures and I am really happy with that. The lecturers are very friendly and are always happy to help, so one should never hesitate to ask them for help. But if I have any problems with writing an essay or reading, there are extracurricular lectures for basic skills which are of good help and everyone can attend them.

The students on the programme come from different nations, religions, cultures. It is interesting to be in a multicultural environment, because in this way you get to know more things about other cultures. This year was a very rewarding experience for me because I got to know so many people, make new friends. You study in a university with very high standards of teaching, and the knowledge you get is irreplaceable. I hope that the MSc degree will open new opportunities for me back in Armenia and I will be able to realize all my newly acquired knowledge in the environment that really needs improvement.'

Gibson Munyoro, Zimbabwe, (2009-2010)

‘Studying at the University of Glasgow is very enriching learning with friends from almost all the continents of the world. Diverse cultural and national backgrounds provide for a great wealth of experience that has enriched our academic and social discussions. Glasgow city is great with rich historical features and hospitable people. During my spare time, I enjoy taking long walks enjoying the trees and plants and, of course, the beautiful historical buildings.’

Beth Macmaster, UK (2012-13)

 ‘I chose the University for the programme itself and the location. I enjoyed learning a totally new subject and the diversity of the students added to the experience.’

Accreditation

The Adam Smith Business School is one of an elite group of less than 1% of the world’s business schools that hold triple accreditation. The School is accredited by AACSB and EQUIS, with the MBA programme also accredited by AMBA. Triple accreditation is an internationally recognised benchmark that validates the credibility and performance of the Adam Smith Business School.

AACSB logo The AACSB Accreditation Process includes rigorous self-evaluation and peer-review elements. The Adam Smith Business School meets all of AACSB’s Accreditation Standards and was first awarded the accreditation in 2007.

Equis logoEQUIS accreditation is one of the most important benchmarks available to business schools worldwide. Institutions that are accredited by EQUIS must demonstrate not only excellence in teaching, the student experience, research and outreach, but also a high degree of internationalisation and interaction with the corporate world.

Entry requirements

for entry in 2015

2:1 Honours degree or non-UK equivalent (eg, a GPA of 3.0 or above) in a Social Sciences subject. Students with other qualifications and/or relevant work experience can also be considered. Students who have a degree in Economics and wish to pursue further studies in Development Economics, are advised to apply for the MSc Economic Development or the MSc Finance & Economic Development.

International students with academic qualifications below those required should contact our partner institution, Glasgow International College, who offer a range of pre-Masters courses.

English language requirements

For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training):

  • overall score 6.5
  • two sub-tests no less than 6.5, no sub-test less than 6.0
  • or equivalent scores in another recognised qualification (see below)

Common equivalent English language qualifications

All stated English tests are acceptable for admission for both home/EU and international students for this programme:

  • ibTOEFL: 92; no sub-test less than 20
  • CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): 176 overall; two sub-tests no less than 176; no other sub-test less than 169
  • CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): 176 overall; two sub-tests no less than 176; no other sub-test less than 169
  • PTE Academic (Person Test of English, Academic test): 60; no sub-test less than 59

For international students, the Home Office has confirmed that the University can choose to use these tests to make its own assessment of English language ability for visa applications to degree level programmes. The University is also able to accept an IELTS test (Academic module) from any of the 1000 IELTS test centres from around the world and we do not require a specific UKVI IELTS test for degree level programmes. We therefore still accept any of the English tests listed for admission to this programme.

Pre-sessional courses
The University of Glasgow accepts evidence of the required language level from the Language Centre Pre-sessional courses. We also consider other BALEAP accredited pre-sessional courses:

FAQs

What do I do if...

my language qualifications are below the requirements?

The University's Language Centre offers a range of Pre-Sessional Courses to bring you up to entry level. The course is accredited by BALEAP, the UK professional association for academic English teaching; see Links.

my language qualifications are not listed here?

Please contact the Recruitment and International Office: pgadmissions@glasgow.ac.uk

 

For further information about English language requirements, please contact the Recruitment and International Office: pgadmissions@glasgow.ac.uk

Fees and funding

Tuition fees for 2015-16 (subject to change and for guidance only)

MSc

Home and EU
Full time fee£7000
International
Full time fee£14500

Deposits

The University requires a deposit to be paid by International (beyond the EU) applicants in receipt of an offer to this programme: please see: Deposits for entry in 2015/16

Funding opportunities

Career prospects

As a graduate you will progress to successful careers in international organisations, government ministries, academi, research institutions, banks and other financial institutions.

How to apply

We ask that you apply online for a postgraduate taught degree. Our system allows you to fill out the standard application form online and submit this to the University within 42 days of starting your application.

You need to read the guide to applying online before starting your application. It will ensure you are ready to proceed, as well as answer many common questions about the process.

Guide to applying online

Do I have to apply online for a postgraduate taught degree?

Yes. To apply for a postgraduate taught degree you must apply online. We are unable to accept your application by any other means than online.

Do I need to complete and submit the application in a single session?

No. You have 42 days to submit your application once you begin the process. You may save and return to your application as many times as you wish to update information, complete sections or upload additional documents such as your final transcript or your language test.

What documents do I need to provide to make an application?

As well as completing your online application fully, it is essential that you submit the following documents:

  • A copy (or copies) of your official degree certificate(s) (if you have already completed your degree)
  • A copy (or copies) of your official academic transcript(s), showing full details of subjects studied and grades/marks obtained
  • Official English translations of the certificate(s) and transcript(s)
  • Two supporting reference letters on headed paper
  • Evidence of your English Language ability (if your first language is not English)
  • Any additional documents required for this programme (see Entry requirements for this programme)
  • A copy of the photo page of your passport (Non-EU students only)

If you do not have all of these documents at the time of submitting your application then it is still possible to make an application and provide any further documents at a later date, as long as you include a full current transcript (and an English translation if required) with your application. See the ‘Your References, Transcripts and English Qualification’ sections of our Frequently Asked Questions for more information.

Do my supporting documents need to be submitted online?

Yes, where possible, please upload the supporting documents with your application.

How do I provide my references?

You must either upload the required references to your online application or ask your referees to send the references to the University as we do not contact referees directly. There is two main ways that you can provide references: you can either upload references on headed paper when you are making an application using the Online Application (or through Applicant Self-Service after you have submitted your application) or you can ask your referee to email the reference directly to pgadmissions@glasgow.ac.uk. See the 'Your References, Transcripts and English Qualifications' section of the Frequently Asked Questions for more information.

What if I am unable to submit all of my supporting documents online?

If you cannot upload an electronic copy of a document and need to send it in by post, please attach a cover sheet to it that includes your name, the programme you are applying for, and your application reference number.

You may send them to:

Recruitment & International Office
71 Southpark Avenue
Glasgow
G12 8QQ
Fax: +44 141 330 4045

Can I email my supporting documents?

No. We cannot accept email submissions of your supporting documents.

What entry requirements should I have met before applying? Where can I find them?

You should check that you have met (or are likely to have met prior to the start of the programme) the individual entry requirements for the degree programme you are applying for. This information can be found on the ‘entry requirements’ tab on each individual programme page, such as the one you are viewing now.

What English Language requirements should I have met before applying? Where can I find them?

If you are an international student, you should also check that you have met the English Language requirements specific to the programme you are applying for. These can also be found on the ‘entry requirements’ tab for each specific programme.

Further Information

Please see the Frequently Asked Questions for more information on applying to a postgraduate taught programme.

Guidance notes for using the online application

These notes are intended to help you complete the online application form accurately, they are also available within the help section of the online application form. If you experience any difficulties accessing the online application then you should visit the Application Troubleshooting/FAQs page.

  • Name and Date of birth: must appear exactly as they do on your passport. Please take time to check the spelling and lay-out.
  • Contact Details: Correspondence address. All contact relevant to your application will be sent to this address including the offer letter(s). If your address changes, please contact us as soon as possible.
  • Choice of course: Please select carefully the course you want to study. As your application will be sent to the admissions committee for each course you select it is important to consider at this stage why you are interested in the course and that it is reflected in your application.
  • Proposed date of entry: Please state your preferred start date including the month and the year. Taught masters degrees tend to begin in September. Research degrees may start in any month.
  • Education and Qualifications: Please complete this section as fully as possible indicating any relevant Higher Education qualifications starting with the most recent. Complete the name of the Institution (s) as it appears on the degree certificate or transcript.
  • English Language Proficiency: Please state the date of any English language test taken (or to be taken) and the award date (or expected award date if known).
  • Employment and Experience: Please complete this section as fully as possible with all employments relevant to your course. Additional details may be attached in your personal statement/proposal where appropriate.
  • References: Please provide the names and contact details of two academic references. Where applicable one of these references may be from your current employer. References should be completed on letter headed paper and uploaded on to your application.

Standard application deadlines

  • all applications for entry in 2015 are now closed

Classes start September 2015 for most programmes and you may be expected to attend induction sessions the week before.

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