Wirtschaftswissenschaftliche Fakultät

Modules of the Master Development Economics


Compulsory Modules (18 credits) - You have to study all of these modules:


ModuleTitle Credits
M.WIWI-VWL.0008 Development Economics I, Macro Issues in Economic Development 6 Credits
M.WIWI-VWL.0009 Development Economics II, Micro Issues in Development Economics 6 Credits
M.SIA.E11 Socioeconomics of Rural Development and Food Security 6 Credits


Further Mandatory Modules in Development Economics I (6 credits) - You have to study one of these modules:

ModuleTitle Credits
M.WIWI-QMW.0004 Econometrics I 6 Credits
M.WIWI-QMW.0005 Econometrics II 6 Credits


Specialization (12 credits)

You have to select two modules either from the economics specialization or from the agricultural economics specialization:

Specialization Economics

ModuleTitle Credits
M.WIWI-VWL.0010 Development Economics III, Regional Perspectives in Development Economies 6 Credits
M.WIWI-VWL.0099 Poverty & Inequality 6 Credits
M.WIWI-VWL.0147 Empirical Political Economy 6 Credits
M.WIWI-VWL.0138 Quasi-Experiments in Developing Economics 6 Credits

and the
Specialization Agricultural Economics

ModuleTitle Credits
M.SIA.E12M Quantitative Research Methods in Rural Development Economies 6 Credits
M.SIA.E14 Evaluation of Rural Development Projects and Policies 6 Credits
M.SIA.E24 Topics in Rural Development Economics I 6 Credits
M.SIA.E01 World Agricultural Markets 6 Credits


Further Mandatory Modules in Development Economics II (36 credits)

a) You have to study one of the following modules (6 credits)

ModuleTitle Credits
M.WIWI-VWL.0023 Seminar to the situation in Latin America in the 21st century: Trade related and macroeconomic issues 6 Credits
M.WIWI-VWL.0024 Seminar to the situation in Latin America in the 21st century: Crises and the necessity of reforms 6 Credits
M.WIWI-VWL.0025 Seminar Development Economics 6 Credits
M.WIWI-VWL.0035 Seminar: Economic Effects of Regional Integration 6 Credits
M.WIWI-VWL.0046 Seminar: Topics in European and Global Trade 6 Credits
M.WIWI-VWL.0055 Seminar: Globalization and Development 6 Credits
M.WIWI-VWL.0061 Seminar: Methods of Policy Evaluation: Case Studies 6 Credits
M.WIWI-VWL.0063 Seminar: Sustainable Development,Trade and Environment 6 Credits
M.WIWI-VWL.0065 Seminar: Economics of Crime 6 Credits
M.WIWI-VWL.0105 Seminar: Controversies in Development Economics 6 Credits
M.WIWI-VWL.0122 Seminar: Behavioral Development Economics 6 Credits
M.WIWI-VWL.0131 Seminar: Business Cycles in Developing Countries 6 Credits
M.WIWI-VWL.0132 Seminar: New Development in International Economics 6 Credits
M.WIWI-QMW.0024 Seminar: Financial Liberalization, Financial Development and Economic Growth 6 Credits
M.SIA.E20 Agricultural Policy Seminar 6 Credits


b) Furthermore, modules totaling 30 credits must be successfully completed. In addition to the modules that were not selected in the area of specialization nor in the sections "Further Modules in Development Economics I" and "Further Modules in Development Economics II", the following modules can be selected if they have not yet been successfully completed:
1) All modules of the Faculty of Economic Sciences with the designation M.WIWI-QMW. may be selected.
2) You may select the following modules:

ModuleTitle Credits
M.WIWI-VWL.0001 Advanced Microeconomics 6 Credits
M.WIWI-VWL.0018 Economic Development of Africa 6 Credits
M.WIWI-VWL.0019 Advanced Development Economics 6 Credits
M.WIWI-VWL.0021 Gender and Development 6 Credits
M.WIWI-VWL.0022 Analysis of Micro Data 6 Credits
M.WIWI-VWL.0040 Empirical Trade Issues 6 Credits
M.WIWI-VWL.0041 Panel Data Econometrics 6 Credits
M.WIWI-VWL.0059 Methods of Economic Policy Evaluation 6 Credits
M.WIWI-VWL.0083 Economic Reform and Social Justice in India 6 Credits
M.WIWI-VWL.0086 Macroeconomics of Open Economies 6 Credits
M.WIWI-VWL.0092 International Trade 6 Credits
M.WIWI-VWL.0095 International Political Economy 6 Credits
M.WIWI-VWL.0096 Essentials of Global Health 6 Credits
M.WIWI-VWL.0100 Economics of Health Care Policy 6 Credits
M.WIWI-VWL.0113 Financial Econometrics 6 Credits
M.WIWI-VWL.0114 Finance and Development 6 Credits
M.WIWI-VWL.0117 Growth, Resources and the Environment 6 Credits
M.WIWI-VWL.0123 Recent Topics in Macroeconomics 6 Credits
M.WIWI-VWL.0128 Deep determinants of growth and development 6 Credits
M.WIWI-VWL.0135 Advanced Economic Growth 6 Credits
M.WIWI-VWL.0148 Field Research in Development Economics 6 Credits
M.WIWI-WB.0005 Advanced Topics in Stata 6 Credits
M.WIWI-WB.0006 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems 6 Credits
M.Agr.0079 Environmental Economics and Policy 6 Credits
M.Agr.0118 Applied Microeconomics 6 Credits
M.Agr.0106 China Economic Development 6 Credits
M.SIA.E10 Economics of Biological Diversity in the Tropics and Subtropics 6 Credits
M.SIA.E19 Market Integration and Price Transmission I 6 Credits
M.SIA.E23 Global Agricultural Value Chains and Developing Countries 6 Credits


Elective Area (18 credits)

Modules comprising a total of 18 credits according to the following requirements must be successfully passed:

  • All modules of the Faculty of Economic Sciences with the designations M.WIWI. may be selected, as long as the entry requirements have been fulfilled.
  • All modules of the Faculty of Agricultural Science from the Master’s programme „Sustainable International Agriculture“ (SIA) may be selected, as long as the respective entry requirements have been fulfilled. In addition, the course M.Agr.0079 "Umweltökonomie" (Environmental Economics), 6 credits, may be selected.
  • Modules from the language offer of the university (except for English and native language) may be selected, as long as they are B-level courses and not part of the bachelor's degree.
  • Students, who have acquired their university entrance qualification neither in the Federal Republic of Germany nor in any country or region in which German is the official language, and students whose programme of study that is the basis for entry into the Master's degree programme is not in German can also acquire 12 credits in the elective area by successfully taking modules from "German as a foreign language". Prerequisite is the verification of the level "Grundstufe III" (A.2.1).



In the elective area, other modules (alternative modules) instead of the stated modules may be taken according to the following conditions. Requirements for the consideration of an alternative module are:

  • a) A written application from the student that must be submitted to the Dean of Studies of the Faculty of Economic Sciences before beginning with the alternative module
  • b) Consent by the Dean of Studies of the Faculty or teaching unit that offers the alternative module

  • The decision as to the approval of the application is made by the Dean of Studies of the Faculty of Economic Sciences. The Dean will first obtain a statement on the purposefulness of the alternative module from a teacher of the programme in which the student is enrolled. The application may be rejected without a statement of the reason; no legal right is constituted for the applicant. Modules already taken cannot be considered as an alternative module.