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MSc Local Economic Development

About the MSc programme

Rapid technological and informational changes, an unprecedented drive towards globalisation of the world economy and the rapid expansion of world trade are among some of the changes affecting economic development today. In this context, local and regional economies increasingly need new responses and demand specialist skills to exploit the opportunities these changes offer. The MSc Local Economic Development, accredited by the Institute for Economic Development (IED), prepares students to meet these challenges.

You will focus on the variety of ways in which local and regional agencies can work with the private sector in order to stimulate local economies. You will also develop an understanding of the local, national and international trends in business organisation and a knowledge of the variety of local agents involved. The programme emphasises management issues of local capacity building, attracting investment, network building, infrastructure, human resources, and focuses as well on the rationale and impact of regional and local development policies and on the role of institutions.

Programme details

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

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Graduate destinations

Previous graduates are mainly working in international organisations (UN system [including ILO, UNDP, FAO], World Bank, OECD, European Union, World Trade Conference), national and regional governments, international consultancy, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), research centres and top universities. Further information about what previous students are doing can be found on our website.

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Application code: L1S2 (check availability)

Start date: 21 September 2017

Duration: 12 months full-time

Minimum entry requirement: 2:1 degree or equivalent in social science  (see entry requirements)

English requirement: Standard (see English requirements)

GRE/GMAT requirement: None

Fee level: UK/EU £13,008 (provisional EU); overseas £20,112

Financial support: Graduate Support Scheme (see Financial support), ESRC funding as part of a four-year award (see Economic and Social Research Council)

Application deadline: None – rolling admissions. However please note the funding deadline for ESRC funding: 9 January 2017. Selection for funding is based on receipt of an application for a place – including all ancillary documents

Note: This programme gives access to the Institute of Economic Development

Intake/applications in 2016: 42/251


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