About the MSc programme
This programme is based in the Department of Economic History and the Department of International Development.
The MSc Political Economy of Late Development offers students an opportunity to integrate two related fields of study that draw on the breadth of research expertise and practical experience in the Department of Economic History and the Department of International Development. It provides a unique set of courses that combine conceptual approaches to development, empirical analyses of patterns of growth in Africa, Asia and Latin America, and key themes in development.
The intellectual objectives of the degree derive from increasing interest in the recent economic history of late developing economies and their differing growth trajectories.
The programme uses techniques of long-run growth analysis to inform modern approaches to development policy and practice. It provides a comparative assessment of current development debates, and locates them in appropriate historical and theoretical contexts. Courses consider the origin and outcomes of patterns of growth in various parts of the world, policy responses to differing growth outcomes, and 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.
The degree is a twelve month programme, consisting of two compulsory units, a dissertation, and optional courses to the value of two full units selected from the prescribed list. The compulsory elements are Development: Theory, History and Policy and Theories, Paths and Patterns of Late Development, to which the dissertation is linked. In choosing options, students must select an equivalent of one full Department of International Development unit and one full Department of Economic History unit.
Please note that some options have prerequisites and some have a restricted intake. The range of options available in any one year may vary.
(* half unit)
Students will be expected to choose courses to the value of two full units, to consist of one full unit from the Department of Economic History and one unit from the Department of International Development.
You can find the most up-to-date list of optional courses for MSc Political Economy of Late Development in the Programme Regulations section of the current School Calendar.
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The programme is primarily intended for students planning a career in development work, and provides a good foundation for social science research in development.