Programme Description

The programme aims to provide students with the following skills:

- Ability to develop and manage complex projects within national and international organizations including NGOs and private sector companies with an interest in developing countries.

- Ability to conduct theoretical and applied research in the fields of economic development, poverty analysis, and international cooperation and integration, at various policymaking levels (local, national, global).

- Ability to evaluate and formulate global and sector appropriate economic policies.


Graduates will be able to collect and analyze quantitative and qualitative data from local, national, and international data sets. Their knowledge of economics will enable them to relate micro and macro phenomena, use theoretical and applied (including econometric) tools in order to analyze economic systems, and to evaluate and formulate economic policies. Coursework will not only provide a sound background in economics and quantitative methods, but will also allow a multidisciplinary approach (e.g. historical considerations).

The Master of Arts in Development Economics at the University of Göttingen is the only university-level master's programme in development economics in Germany. The University of Göttingen hosts Germany's largest internationally visible concentration of development economics researchers. The wide course offerings in the field of development economics (for which special attention is placed on quantitative methods) allow students to specialize in their specific area of interest.

Participants of the double degree programme complete two semesters at each university, the first year in Göttingen, and the second year in Florence.

Upon completion of the 120 ECTS (credit) programme, and having satisfied all the graduation requirements of both universities, participants will receive two separate and nationally recognized master's degrees: a MSc. in Economics and Development, awarded by the University of Florence and a MA in Development Economics, awarded by the University of Göttingen. Both certificates state that the degree was awarded within a double-degree programme and indicate that the respective certificates are valid only in conjunction with the other certificate. The double degree programme enables participating students to complete two degrees within four semesters (normally requiring four years).


Curriculum for students from the University of Göttingen

The double degree programme starts in the winter term every year.


Semesters 1 and 2

In the first semester (winter term), participants commence their studies in Göttingen, where they complete required courses for the MA in Development Economics.

Semesters 2 and 3

Participants spend two semesters in Florence, and complete the course requirements for the MSc in Economics and Development. These courses will be fully recognized as the study abroad component for the MA in Development Economics.

Master's thesis

The master's thesis comprises 21 credits and is written at the University of Florence under the guidance of a professor from the University of Florence. The thesis applies towards both degrees of the double degree programme.

 

The programme structure is as follows:

1. Participants spend the first two semesters (academic year: October through July/August) at the University of Göttingen. During this time, students are required to complete courses (60 credits) according to the following requirements:


a. Mandatory courses (18 credits):

M.SIA.E11

Socioeconomics of Rural Development and Food Security

6 C

M.WIWI-VWL.0008               

Development Economics I, Macro Issues in Economic Development

6 C

M.WIWI-VWL.0009

Development Economics II, Micro Issues in Development Economics

6 C

 

b. Choose one of the following mandatory courses (6 credits):

M.WIWI-QMW.0004

Econometrics I

6 C

M.WIWI-QMW.0005               

Econometrics II

6 C


c.  Quantitative economics (6 credits)

Choose one of the following courses:

M.WIWI-VWL.0010

Development Economics III, Regional Perspectives in Development Economies

6 C

M.WIWI-VWL.0147

Empirical Political Economy

6 C

M.WIWI-VWL.0138

Quasi-Experiments in Development Economics

6 C

 

d.  Mandatory course in quantitative economics (6 credits)

M.WIWI-VWL.0099

Poverty and Inequality

6 C 



e. Mandatory seminar (6 credits)

Choose one of the following courses:

M.WIWI-VWL.0025

Seminar: Development Economics

6 C

M.WIWI-VWL.0023

Seminar: to the Situation in Latin America in the 21st century: Trade related and Macroeconomic Issues

6 C

M.WIWI-VWL.0024

Seminar: to the Situation in Latin America in the 21st century: The Necessity of Reforms

6 C

M.WIWI-VWL.0035

Seminar: Economic Effects of Regional Integration

6 C

M.WIWI-VWL.0046

Seminar: Topics in European and Global Trade

6 C

M.WIWI-VWL.0055

Seminar: Globalization and Development

6 C

M.WIWI-VWL.0061

Seminar: Methods of Policy Evaluation: Case Studies

6 C

M.WIWI-VWL.0063

Seminar: Sustainable Development, Trade and Environment

6 C

M.WIWI-VWL.0065

Seminar: Economics of Crime

6 C

M.WIWI-VWL.0105

Seminar: Controversies in Development Economics

6 C

M.WIWI-VWL.0122

Seminar: Behavioral Development Economics

6 C

M.WIWI-VWL.0131

Seminar: Business Cycles in Developing Countries

6 C

M.WIWI-VWL.0132

Seminar: New Development in International Economics

6 C

M.WIWI-QMW.0024

Seminar: Financial Liberalization, Financial Development and Economic Growth

6 C

M.SIA.E20

Seminar: Agricultural Policy

6 C


f. Statistics (6 credits)

Choose one of the following courses if not selected in 1b or c:

M.WIWI-VWL.0138

Quasi-Experiments in Development Economics

6 C

M.WIWI-QMW.0004

Econometrics I

6 C

M.WIWI-QMW.0005

Econometrics II

6 C

M.WIWI-QMW.0010

Multivariate Verfahren

6 C

M.WIWI-QMW.0009

Introduction to Time Series Analysis

6 C

M.WIWI-QMW.0012

Multivariate Time Series Analysis

6 C

M.WIWI-QMW.0016

Spatial Statistics

 

6 C

M.WIWI-QMW.0022

Selected Topics in Quantitative Methods

Development Econometrics

6 C



g. Mandatory courses in management and business studies (12 credits)

Students must complete 12 credits worth of courses in the area of management and business studies (Module classification: M.WIWI-BWL.XXXX).

M.WIWI-BWL.0004

Financial Risk Management

6 C

M.WIWI-BWL.0018

Analysis of IFRS Financial Statements

6 C

M.WIWI-BWL.0020

Risk Management and Solvency

6 C

M.WIWI-BWL.0031

Sustainable Production

6 C

M.WIWI-BWL.0112

Corporate Development

6 C

M.WIWI-BWL.0122

Cross Cultural Management

6 C

M.WIWI-BWL.0130

Doing Business in Asia

6 C

M.WIWI-BWL.0133

Banking Supervision

6 C

M.WIWI-BWL.0137

Electronic Commerce Systems

6 C

 

2. Participants spend the third and fourth semesters (academic year: September-July/August) at the University of Florence

During the stay in Florence, students complete 60 credits according to the regulations of the master's programme in economics and development of the University of Florence. These 60 credits will also be recognized by the University of Göttingen for the master's programme in development economics within the framework of the double degree programme.


a. Mandatory course in law (6 credits)

Choose one of the following courses:

B019207

Financial services and markets law

6 C

 

Economic Law

6 C

B020837

International law

6 C


b. Mandatory course in international economics (6 credits):

Choose one of the following courses:

 

International Trade

6 C

B016437

International and Financial Economics

6 C


c. Mandatory course in economics (12 credits):

Choose two of the following courses:

B020847

Health and Education Economics

6 C

B016453

Economics of Innovation

6 C

B016454

Human Development and International Cooperation

6 C


d. Mandatory course in selected topics (6 credits)

 Choose one of the following courses:

B020853

Labour Economics

6 C

B016505

Agriculture Development and Poverty

6 C

B016512

Environment and Development

6 C

B016456

Microeconometrics

6 C

B016470

Local and Industrial Development

6 C

 

e. Electives (6 credits)

 Choose one of the following courses (if not already selected):

B016453

Economics of Innovation

6 C

B016454

Human Development and International Cooperation

6 C

B020847

Health and Education Economics

6 C

B020849

Measurement and Causes of Poverty   

6 C

B016458

Mathematical Methods for Economic Analysis

6 C

B019129

Agricultural and Environmental Policy Evaluation Laboratory

6 C

B020842

Econometrics Laboratory

6 C

B025677

Statistical Data Elaboration Laboratory

6 C

 

International Trade

6 C

B016437

International and Financial Economics

6 C

B020853

Labour economics

6 C

B016505

Agriculture Development and Poverty

6 C

B016512

Environment and Development

6 C

B016456

Microeconometrics

6 C

B016470

Local and industrial development

6 C

B020843

Economic Laboratory

6 C

B020841

Macroeconometrics

6 C


f. Mandatory seminar (3 credits)

XXX

Joint-Seminar Florence - Göttingen

3 C

 

g. Master's thesis (21 credits)

The master's thesis is written in the fourth semester according to the regulations of the University of Florence, and is also recognized by the master's programme in development economics at the University of Göttingen.