Home > Economic History > Degree Programmes > Masters Programmes > Programmes > MSc Political Economy of Late Development

MSc Political Economy of Late Development

Intellectual Objectives

The joint MSc aims to maximise the comparative advantages of research and teaching expertise in Departments of International Development and the Economic History Department to deliver to students a high quality, integrated programme that combines in-depth analyses of historical patterns of growth, explorations of concrete development problems - and policy responses to them, and 'regional' courses that draw on theory and empirical evidence to appraise development processes and outcomes in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

Teaching and Learning

The programme uses techniques of long-run growth analysis to inform modern approaches to development policy and practice. It provides an integrated, comparative assessment of current development debates, and locates them in appropriate historical and theoretical contexts. Courses consider the origin and outcomes of distinct patterns of growth in various parts of the world, and the policy responses to differing growth outcomes - and the theoretical assumptions underpinning policy interventions. The programme also seeks to explain how and when some developing economies 'converged' with industrialised countries, while the growth performance of others was more erratic, and why problems of poverty, inequality, instability and violence still characterise large parts of the world.

Student Profile

The degree offers a unique combination of courses that (i) explore conceptual approaches to development, (ii) offer empirical analyses of patterns of growth of developing economies and (iii) examine key themes in development. It is relevant for students planning a career in development work, including international and national agencies and NGOs, as well as international business. The programme also provides a good foundation for doctoral level social science research and careers in the media.

MSc Political Economy of Late Development

Full year programme. Students must take courses to the value of four full units, including the half-unit dissertation.

Paper 1  EH414 Theories, Paths and Patterns of Late Development (H)     

Paper 2  DV400 Development: History, Theory and Policy   

Paper 3 & 4     Courses to the value of two full units, to consist of one full DV unit and one full EH unit:

DV407 Poverty (H)        
DV411 Population and Development: An Analytical Approach (H)     
DV418 African Development (H)   
DV423 Global Political Economy of Development (H) 
DV424 International Institutions and Late Development (H)     
DV428 Managing Humanitarianism (H)     
DV442 Key Issues in Development Studies (H)   
DV490 Economic Development Policy I: Applied Policy Analysis for Macroeconomic Development
DV491 Economic Development Policy II: Microeconomic Analysis 
DV492 Economic Development Policy III: Government Policy Analysis


EH404 India and the World Economy, 1750-1950 (H)      
EH408 International Migration, 1500-2000: from slavery to asylum (H) 
EH409 Chinese Economy in Transition: 1850-1950   (na 17/18)      
EH413 African Economic Development in Historical Perspective (H)   (n/a 17/18)
EH421 Economic History of Colonialism (H)
EH423 Japan and Korea as Developing Economics (H)
EH446 Economic Development in East and Southeast Asia (n/a 17/18)
EH451 Latin American Development: Political economy of growth (H)  (na 17/18)
EH452  Latin American Development and Economic History (H) 
EH454  Human Health in History 
EH483 The Development and Integration of the World Economy in the 19th and 20th Centuries
EH486 Shipping and Sea Power in Asian Waters c1600-1860 (H)

Paper 5  EH491 Dissertation in the Political Economy of Late Development (H) (6,000 words on a topic that must relate to EH414)