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MSc International Economic Development and Business – University of Reading

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MSc International Economic Development and Business

Course Overview

  • Full-time: 12 months
  • Part-time: 24 months
  • Start date: September

The course explores the interdependence between international business and economic development. You will examine both the collaborative and confrontational roles of multinational enterprises and the process of economic growth, development and transformation. Throughout the course you will utilise key techniques and evidence and develop an understanding of how multinational enterprises, competing on a global scale, interface with national or regional economies, with differing and specific needs. The course will prepare you for roles such as policy maker, corporate manager and consultant where it is useful to understand the key economic principles that underpin both international business strategy and the role of multinational organisations in the processes through which national economies develop and grow.

Modules include:

  • The Economics of Multinational Enterprise
  • Economics of Development
  • Microeconomic Policy
  • Macroeconomic Policy
  • Economic Development in Emerging Markets.

Why choose Reading?

  • Established more than 45 years ago, we continue to enjoy a reputation as one of the world's premier centres for teaching and research in international business. Our academic staff are world experts in the global arena of economics, with research expertise in the fields of development, housing, behavioural economics, climate change policy, macroeconomics, banking and finance.
  •  We offer a leading range of postgraduate courses reflecting the changing global economic environment. Our strong focus on applied research means we emphasise the policy implications of our research findings. We also encourage you to look beyond the headlines and understand the forces shaping our world today. You will graduate with knowledge of recent developments in the global economy and how these are linked with political changes at the national and international level.
  • We are proud of our friendly and inclusive international community with around 80 postgraduate students from all over the world being welcomed on to our Master's courses each year. Through group work you will have the opportunity to network with, and learn from, fellow students from a wide range of backgrounds, and share different perspectives and experiences.

Career prospects

The specialist expertise in economic analysis prepares our students for challenging roles. We have a strong commitment to employability and our graduates are successful in obtaining great jobs after University, in the public as well as corporate and the third sectors. We want to make sure this continues to be the case for the future. Our award-winning careers centre provides excellent careers advice specifically for postgraduate students. A number of our courses offer placement opportunities during the summer months, with a dedicated school Development Officer on hand to help you search, secure and succeed in a relevant placement.

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Entry Requirements

You are normally required to have a good undergraduate Honours degree (or equivalent from a university outside the UK). If you have other qualifications and a number of years' relevant work experience then you also be eligible to apply

Normally an upper second-class Honours degree, or equivalent, with a good understanding of core economics and quantitative methods.

Contact Us

For enquiries about course content, structure & syllabus, please contact:

Director of Postgraduate Studies

Giovanni Razzu

For enquiries about admissions requirements, please contact:


Fees & costs

Course feesMore information about course fees

The fee you pay is dependent on the course you are taking, whether you take the course full-time or part-time, and whether or not you are coming from outside the EU.

Living costsMore information about living costs

At least £180 per week, but varies depending on lifestyle.

Alumni discount

If you’re a Reading graduate, you can receive up to £1,000 off course fees through our alumni fee discount – find out more here


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