MSc International Finance and Economic Development

MSc International Finance and Economic Development is a specialist postgraduate masters course in the Department of Economics.

It will assess the role played by finance in facilitating as well as blocking economic development.

In studying MSc International Finance and Economic Development you will also explore the place of developing countries in the global economy. Core modules provide a critical understanding of current theories and empirical research in these fields of knowledge. In addi­tion, you will learn to evaluate alternative theories and method­ologies and to make judgments on their applicability to complex issues in a global context.

Course structure

Within MSc International Finance and Economic Development you will complete a mix of core and optional modules, allowing you to tailor the programme towards your own interests.

Core modules



Optional modules

In addition, 20 credits of optional modules must be taken if doing the Applied Research Project. These include, but are not limited to, areas including banking and finance, economic development, econometrics, international business, globalisation, emerging markets and strategy.  


MSc International Finance and Economic Development students will be assessed through written examinations, dissertation, assignments, case studies and group presentations.

Entry requirements

You are expected to have obtained a UK upper second class honours degree, or the international equivalent, involving a good understanding of core Economics and quantitative methods at an undergraduate level. Students whose first language is not English are required to provide evidence of proficiency. Please see entry requirements for MSc International Finance and Economic Development.  

Intake overview

A wide range of nationalities are represented on our postgraduate masters courses, with students coming from countries including Brazil, Canada, China, India, Malaysia, Nigeria, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkmenistan, Turkey, mainland Europe and the UK.

Career prospects

Our graduates have outstanding career prospects. MSc International Finance and Economic Development will prepare you for roles such as policymaker, corporate manager and consultant where it is useful to understand the key economic principles that under­pin international banking and finance and the role of these in the processes through which national economies develop and grow.

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Start date:

  • October


  • 12 months (full-time)
  • 24 months (part-time)

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