MSc Development Economics with Integrated pre-Masters

Start date
October 2018
2 years
Course Type
Postgraduate, Taught

This two-year course is suitable for students who do not meet the entry requirements for a one-year MSc course, including students who have graduated in an unrelated discipline.

On successful completion of the pre-Masters year you will progress to an MSc Development Economics programme in the Department of Economics.

MSc Development Economics

The MSc in Development Economics is one of the Department's newer taught MSc programmes and it reflects the Department's growing strength in both theoretical and applied policy areas, particularly as they relate to developing countries.


One third of your pre-Masters year will be spent developing your English skills and academic skills; allowing you to approach academic reading and writing with confidence. You will also develop analytical and mathematical skills in your Economics modules.

Aimed at highly motivated international learners with an excellent academic record, the pre-Masters year is designed to bridge the gap between your current qualification and the postgraduate programme at Birmingham. You will develop both subject specific knowledge in the area of Economics and your academic English.


Please rest assured that we will make all reasonable efforts to provide you with the courses, services and facilities described. However, it may be necessary to make changes due to significant disruption, for example in response to COVID-19.

Information for future students and applicants

You will take Economics modules including Microeconomics, Macroeconomics and Introductory Econometrics, together with an optional module. These modules will ensure that you have the knowledge and technical base that you need to succeed on one of our MSc programmes. Studying alongside undergraduate students will fully prepare you for the demands of a UK postgraduate course, as well as allowing you to adjust to UK learning and assessment styles.

One third of your pre-Masters year will be spent developing your English skills and academic skills; allowing you to approach academic reading and writing with confidence. You will also develop analytical and mathematical skills in your Economics modules.

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Pre-Masters Modules Economics
 Compulsory Modules  Credits
Academic English & Study Skills 1                                                                                        20 credits
Academic English & Study Skills 2  20 credits
Microeconomics A  10 credits
Microeconomics B  10 credits
Macroeconomics A  10 credits
Macroeconomics B  10 credits
Introductory Econometrics A  10 credits
Introductory Econometrics B  10 credits
Optional Modules  
The Economics of Public Expenditure  10 credits
 Environmental Economics A  10 credits
 Environmental Economics B  10 credits
 Economic Development A  10 credits
 Economic Development B  10 credits
 Microfoundations of Macroeconomics  10 credits
 Contemporary Issues in the UK Economy  20 credits
 Economics of Corporate Finance   10 credits
 Game Theory  10 credits
 The Economics of Uncertainty and Information  10 credits
 The Theory of Industrial Organisation   10 credits
 Introduction to International Trade  10 credits
 International Trade Theory and Policy for Europe  10 credits
 International and European Monetary Issues  10 credits
 Open Economy Macroeconomics  10 credits
 Economics of Financial Markets  10 credits
 Behavioural and Experimental Economics  10 credits
 Economics of Banking  10 credits
 Monetary Policy  10 credits


A tuition fee of £15, 660 will be payable for year one of the International pre-Masters programme for 2017–2018.

Fees for the second year will be the standard fees payable for the chosen masters programme. Details of fees for master courses can be found here

How To Apply

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Our Standard Requirements

This two-year course is suitable for students with a good undergraduate degree in an unrelated subject that includes mathematical content including some coverage of Calculus and statistics. Applicants with a recognised first degree in a subject related to Economics will also be eligible for consideration.

International pre-Masters programmes entry requirements apply

Further details can be found on the International pre-Masters entry requirements page

International Requirements

The MSc programmes provide students with an advanced training in core areas of economics, while also enabling them to specialise according to their interests. They reflect the rapid expansion of the subject in recent years, and deal with topical issues.

The aim is to train students for careers as economists or managers in commerce, industry, banking, financial services or the public sector. Module assignments, and in particular the dissertation, provide an initial training in the kind of skills needed for the independent investigations which are likely to be important in professional careers.

For students proceeding to research training, the MSc programmes provide much of the basic methodology and techniques required.

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A Skills Development Consultant is available to support you in developing personal skills such as team working, leadership, presentations and interpersonal skills. Individual 45 minute appointments can be made through Careers in Business Online.

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