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 Science 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 MSc 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 MSc in Development Economics.

Semesters 3 and 4

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 MSc 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:

First year: 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.

  • Mandatory courses (18 C)
  • Compulsory elective courses (6 C)
  • Quantitative Economics (12 C)
  • Seminars (6 C)
  • Statistics (6 C)
  • Management and Business Studies (12 C)


Second year: Participants spend the third and fourth semesters (academic year: September-July/August) at the University of Florence (60 credits) according to the following requirements.

  • Compulsory elective law courses (6 C)
  • Compulsory elective courses in international economics (6 C)
  • Compulsory elective courses in economics (12 C)
  • Compulsory elective courses in “selected topics” (6 C)
  • Seminar (3 C)
  • Electives (6 C)


Master's thesis (21 credits)
By the successful completion of the Master's thesis 21 credits are earnend.