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MSc Development Management

About the MSc programme

Development is not just about increasing growth and political and social rights. It is about creating self-sustaining institutions that liberate societies from low level deprivation traps by increasing productivity, freedom and cooperative interdependence. The MSc in Development Management gives you the theory and practical tools to drive such transformations forward by enabling you to understand why some societies have succeeded and others have failed.

The programme is built around a theory-led approach to the role of institutions and organisations in development, using both classical institutional theory and the new institutional economics. We go very deeply into the role of institutions in explaining the comparative statics of development - why some countries are rich and others poor - as well as comparative dynamics - the development process per se across different countries and regions.  A distinctive feature of the programme is the Development Management Project, which will give you the opportunity to do live consulting work for real-world, public, private, and non-profit organisations, such as the World Bank, Oxfam, PricewaterhouseCoopers, GIZ, CARE, DFID, Save the Children, UNICEF, and the Emerging Markets Group.

Programme details

You can find the most up-to-date list of optional courses for MSc Development Management in the Programme Regulations section of the current School Calendar.

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Graduate destinations

The analytical skills developed here have secured past graduates promising careers in organisations as diverse as central banks, NGOs, multilateral organisations, charities, investment banks, consultancies, manufacturing firms, religious missions, and as independent experts and writers.

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Application code: L1S4 (check availability)

Start date: 21 September 2017

Duration: 12 months full-time, 24 months part-time 

Minimum entry requirement: 2:1 degree or equivalent in any discipline, with social science or humanities an advantage (see entry requirements)

English requirement: Standard (see English requirements)

GRE/GMAT requirement: None

Fee level: £20,112

Financial support: Graduate Support Scheme (see Financial support)

Application deadline: None – rolling admissions

Intake/applications in 2016: 90/766


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