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MSc Development Finance / Course details

Year of entry: 2020

Course description

MSc Development Finance will provide you with a thorough understanding of specific aspects of development finance, recognising that finance-related issues are increasingly important in development.

It will equip you with the necessary skills to make a meaningful contribution to policy formulation and implementation, by focusing on financial development policy and financial management, with specific reference to developing countries.

You will apply different approaches to the collection, analysis and presentation of data, as well as in critically evaluating specific issues of development, and gathering, organising and using evidence and information from a wide variety of sources.

The course provides skills in identifying, investigating and justifying possible solutions to problems arising out of the theory and practice of economic development. These also include competency in developing a reasoned argument, critically considering data sources and defending different approaches.

By the end of the course, you should have obtained a detailed knowledge of the key issues and debates in various aspects of economic development, familiarity with theoretical approaches concerning development problems and an appreciation of the diversity of development policies.

Aims

On completion of the programme, you will have acquired the following skills and capabilities:
  • an ability to critically analyse the techniques and procedures for financial sector development, management and accounting;
  • an ability to apply these techniques and procedures in a professionally competent manner;
  • the ability to undertake independent research, and to present research findings in a form that can be disseminated effectively to users.

Special features

  • We're the largest development-focused teaching and research institute in Europe, and have been at the forefront of development studies for more than 60 years.
  • We're ranked 6th in the UK and 10th in the world for development studies (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2019).
  • Our research was ranked first in the UK for impact and second in the UK for quality in the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014).
  • We're home to a multicultural community of 450 students from 30 countries.
  • We have numerous scholarship opportunities for outstanding applicants.
  • Our alumni are recognised for their contribution to global development across the globe.
  • The combined field experience of our staff covers 60 countries, and we've trained almost 10,000 individuals from more than 170 countries.

Teaching and learning

Part-time students complete the course over 24 months. There are no evening or weekend course units available; you should, therefore, discuss course requirements with the Programme Director and seek approval from your employer. Timetabling information is usually available from late August. You can discuss course unit choices during induction week with the Programme Director.

Coursework and assessment

The taught element of the course, carrying 120 credits overall, is continuously assessed by a variety of methods (eg project-based reports, essays), involving largely individual submissions, but also elements of group work.

You must also complete a 12,000-15,000 word dissertation on a topic of your choice approved by the Programme Directors. You are encouraged to base your dissertation on topics of direct professional concern.

Course unit list

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Research Skills for Economic Development 1 (Quantitative Methods) MGDI60301 15 Mandatory
Research Skills for Economic Development 2 (Applied Quantitative Skills) MGDI60302 15 Mandatory
Microfinance MGDI60362 15 Mandatory
Economic Development MGDI60711 15 Mandatory
International Finance for Development MGDI72121 15 Mandatory
Contemporary Issues in Development Finance MGDI72162 15 Mandatory
Industrial Competitiveness and Global Transformation MGDI60002 15 Optional
Public Sector Reform and Management MGDI60081 15 Optional
Work and Employment in the Global Economy MGDI60131 15 Optional
Behavioural Experiments, Quantitative Field Research and Development Policy MGDI60191 15 Optional
Gender Inequality: Theory and Evidence MGDI60202 15 Optional
Globalisation, Trade and Development MGDI60271 15 Optional
Trade Theory and Development MGDI60291 15 Optional
Research Skills for Economic Development 2 (Applied Quantitative Skills) MGDI60302 15 Optional
Financing Social Protection MGDI60372 15 Optional
Development Macroeconomics MGDI60581 15 Optional
ICTs & Socio-Economic Development MGDI60701 15 Optional
Economic Analysis of the Public Sector MGDI61091 15 Optional
Anti-Poverty Transfers MGDI61512 15 Optional
Financing Projects MGDI61961 15 Optional
Risk Management MGDI71432 15 Optional
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Scholarships and bursaries

We offer a number of postgraduate taught scholarships and merit awards to outstanding applicants and international students.

In addition, the Manchester Alumni Scholarship Scheme offers a £3,000 reduction in tuition fees to University of Manchester alumni who achieved a first-class Bachelors degree in the last three years and are progressing to a postgraduate taught master's course.

For more information, see Fees and funding or search the University's postgraduate funding database .

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service.

For more information, email  dass@manchester.ac.uk