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Development Economics (MSc)

What do we “develop” in our Master's programme in Development Economics? If “software” is the answer you were looking for, the app obviously led you to the wrong page. But if you want to know what economic and policy instruments can spur growth of a whole country, how to assess the impact of a policy measure, or most efficiently help developing countries reach adequate living standards or whether help helps at all. If you’d like to do your own research in this field one day or work with governments and aid agencies advising them on current development issues– this might be just the right study for you!

Study programme: Development Economics (MSc)
Degree: Master of Science (MSc) with two optional double degree programmes
Programme duration: 4 Semester
Beginning of programme: Winter and summer semester
Admission: limited admission (application to the university)
Admission requirements: Admission procedure
Application: Application procedure
Application deadline: April 1st to May 15th (for the winter semester) and October 1st to November 15th (for the summer semester)
Language requirements: Good skills in English proven by e.g. TOEFL, IELTS (the programme is taught completely in English)

The English-language Master of Science in Development Economics is jointly offered by the Department of Economics (Faculty of Business and Economics) and the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (Faculty of Agricultural Sciences). It builds on the successful Master of Science in International Economics and the Master of Arts in Agribusiness; these programmes already had a strong specialisation in development issues.

This research-oriented master's programme now offers a comprehensive four semester programme dedicated solely to the study of development economics issues. It leads to an internationally recognized and accredited master's degree in development economics and offers research-oriented teaching that covers theoretical as well as empirical issues in economic development.

Its wide course offerings, one semester stay abroad, master's thesis and specialisation in agricultural economics or economics will enable students to analyse current issues in development economics and prepare them for careers in research or policy.

The master's programme in development economics is four semesters in length during which 120 ECTS are required. It is divided into the course phase and the master's thesis. There are three compulsory modules (i.e. courses) (18 credits) plus one further obligatory module which has to be either Econometrics I or Econometrics II (6 credits). Students can then specialise in agricultural economics or economics, each requiring a further 12 credits (two modules) of compulsory courses in the field of specialisation.

Then students can choose another 36 credits (six moduls) in development or agricultural economics from a wide variety of course offerings, of which one course (6 credits) has to be a seminar. Three modules (18 credits) can be chosen freely also among other subjects. The master's thesis (30 credits) completes the programme.

Students have to study abroad for one semester. This semester can be spent at a partner university of the Faculty of Business and Economics of Göttingen University. International students are exempt from this requirement.

Students may for example apply for the following partner university programmes:

  • Exchange programmes with universities in South Africa (Pretoria, Stellenbosch)
  • Exchange programmes with universities in Latin and South America (Colombia, Chile, Brazil, Mexico, Paraguay, El Salvador)
  • Exchange programme with the Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies (SALISES) University of the West Indies
  • Exchange programmes with universities in Asia (for example China - funded by the DAAD, India, Indonesia, and South Korea)
  • European exchange programme ERASMUS

The Faculty of Business and Economics is offering two double degree programmes with the master's programme in Development Economics:

  • Double degree programme with the Stellenbosch University Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences (South Africa). In four semesters, specially qualified students can simultaneously earn the degree "MSc in Development Economics" from the University of Göttingen and the "Master of Commerce in Economics" from the University of Stellenbosch.
  • Double degree programme in cooperation with the Italian University of Florence. Students can earn the degrees "MSc in Development Economics" (Göttingen) and "MSc in Economics and Development" (Florence).

The degree in development economics will offer excellent career perspectives in a wide range of fields. Building on a track record of successful placement of students of our existing master's programmes, the opportunities for this programme include employment in:

  • Governments and aid agencies working on development issues
  • International organisations such as the World Bank, organisations of the UN system (e.g. ILO, FAO, UNIDO, UNDP, UNICEF, UNESCO, etc.), the OECD, EU, or regional development banks
  • Policy research institutions such as those of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research as well as national and international development policy think tanks
  • International business in multinational companies
  • Further education at the Ph.D. level in Göttingen or abroad