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  • Entry requirements
    Entry requirements English language requirements: If English is not your first language, you will need a recognised English language qualification, such as: * Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), administered by the Educational Testing Service in the US, in which scores of at least 580 overall and 4.0 in the Test of Written English are required. The computer-based test requires scores of at least 240 overall and 4.0 in essay-writing. * The International English Language Testing Service (IELTS) test, administered by the British Council, in which scores of 6 or more in each section and an overall score of 6.5 are required. Academic entry requirements: * You will need a good first degree or equivalent qualification in a relevant subject. In exceptional circumstances, applicants without a first degree will be considered on the basis of their relevant work experience and potential for benefiting from the programme. * International applicants may be asked to take GMAT, in which a score of at least 600 and an AWA of 4.0 are required.
  • Academic Title
    Economics and Development MA
  • Course description
    The MA Economics and Development is a recognised postgraduate qualification that is valued by employers in both the public and private sectors, and provides a sound basis for postgraduate research.

    The programme provides exposure to advanced economics and development concepts and theories, which are academically rigorous and have practical application in the workplace. It is delivered by highly qualified teaching staff with research and consultancy expertise in economics. This is complimented by support for your personal development through cooperative and participatory approaches to learning, and opportunities to share your ideas and experiences with students from a range of backgrounds, cultures and countries.

    This innovative programme draws on the expertise of the internationally recognised Institute for Political and International Studies (POLIS), established in 1999 at the University of Leeds. POLIS provides a range of development studies modules, available to students on the MA Economics and Development programme, and taught by leading specialists in the field of development studies.

    12 months full-time

    Housed in state-of-the-art facilities, Leeds University Business School is ranked in the world’s top 100 business schools and has both EQUIS and AMBA accreditation. The latest Financial Times Full-Time MBA Survey (2005) ranked the quality of the school’s research as the 5th highest amongst UK business schools and 8th in Europe. Specialist areas of activity include: Accounting and Finance; Economics; International Business; Management; Marketing and Work and Employment Relations.

    The school has many valuable links with business and commerce. Directors and senior managers from leading organisations advise the school, and provide placements and projects for students on our programmes. Recent participants have included Barclays Bank, British Aerospace, British Telecom, Eurotunnel, GE Capital Bank, The National Health Service Executive, PowerGen, SAP, Unisys and Wang Global. At the same time, staff have been consultants to more than 80 companies, and income from research contracts has topped £2.8 million in the last five years.

    All our programmes take an international perspective and, as a result, students worldwide come to study at Leeds. We think you'll enjoy the international mix - it's a great chance to network and to make lasting international friendships.

    What you study

    Designed for students who have prior knowledge of economics and development studies, this programme provides depth and understanding in the theory and practice of both subjects.

    Compulsory modules (75 credits)

    Semester 1

    -Microeconomics 1 (15 credits)
    -Quantitative Research Methods (15 credits)
    -Economic Development 1 (15 credits)

    Semester 2

    -Applied Econometrics (15 credits)
    -Macroeconomics of Development (15 credits)


    -Optional modules (60 credits to be selected)

    Semester 1

    -Macroeconomics 1 (15 credits)
    -Conflict, Complex Emergencies and Global Governance (15 credits)
    -Gender, Globalisation and Development (15 credits)


    -Economics of Globalisation & International Economy (15 credits)
    -Comparative Economics (15 credits)
    -Famine and Food Security (15 credits)
    -Political Economy of Resources and Development (15 credits)
    -Rural Development (15 credits)


    -Dissertation (45 credits)

    Total 180 credits

    How you study
    On the MA Economics & Development students experience a variety of teaching methods - taught lectures and classes, workshops, computer based teaching, case studies, group work and elements of self study.

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