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Emerging Economies and International Development MSc

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Our Emerging Economies & International Development MSc offers a distinctive approach to the study of development by focusing on emerging economies. We combine distinct disciplinary training on subjects like development theory, political economy and social policy with applied case studies on particular countries and regions.

Key benefits

  • A distinctive approach to the study of development.
  • Interdisciplinary course that enables you to study emerging economies and international development from a variety of different perspectives.
  • Extensive selection of optional modules draws on expertise across King's with particular emphasis on our Global Institutes.
  • We accept students from a wide range of academic backgrounds as well as mid-career professionals.

Our MSc course provides you with high-quality post-graduate teaching and research training in the analysis of emerging economies. It offers a distinctive approach to the study of development by focusing on rising economic powers and some of the questions surrounding their emergence as key players in global politics and the economy. It also draws on social scientific expertise from across other departments in the Faculties of Social Sciences & Public Policy and Arts & Humanities. This course focuses on reviewing economic development theory to ask whether emerging economies offer a new model or models of development. It looks at the strategies that they have adopted to promote development, how inclusive and sustainable or enduring these new strategies are and how emerging markets solve the difficult problems of promoting growth over the longer term. While investigating this last question we will discuss how these countries handle the development and diffusion of technology, how they manage trade and financial flows, how they balance the role of the state and the market, and how they deal with problems of institutional development and weak systems of law and accountability.

Base campuses

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Strand Campus

Located on the north bank of the River Thames, the Strand Campus houses King's College London's arts and sciences faculties.

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Waterloo Campus

Waterloo campus is home of the Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing & Midwifery and facilities for other faculties

Regulating bodies

King's is regulated by the Office for Students

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Teaching methods - what to expect

We will use a delivery method that will ensure students have a rich, exciting experience from the start. Face to face teaching will be complemented and supported with innovative technology so that students also experience elements of digital learning and assessment.

For every 15-credit module we will typically provide 20 hours of lectures and seminars, and we will expect you to undertake 130 hours of independent study. For your dissertation, you will usually have five hours of dissertation workshops and five one-to-one or group consultations with supervisors. To complement this, you should undertake approximately 590 hours of independent study and project work.

 
Module Lectures, seminars and feedback Self-study
Per 15-credit taught module Typically 20 hours 130 hours (some modules may involve lab work or e-learning which would require less self-guided learning)
Dissertation module Usually 5 x 1 hour dissertation workshops and 5 one-to-one or group consultation with supervisors. 590 hours of self-study and project work.

Assessment

  • Essays
  • Oral Presentations
  • Coursework
  • Written Examinations
  • Practicals
  • Group Reports
  • Dissertation

Your performance on taught modules in the Department of International Development will be assessed through a combination of coursework and written/practical examinations. Forms of assessment may typically include individual essays, oral group presentations or group reports. The dissertation module is assessed by a proposal and a 12,000-word dissertation.

King’s College London is regulated by the Office for Students.

Structure

Required modules

Courses are divided into modules. You will normally take modules totalling 180 credits. You are required to take the following modules:

Topics in the Analysis of Emerging Economies (15 credits)
Development Theory and Emerging Economies (15 credits)
Dissertation (60 Credits)

You must also take at least one 15-credit methods module, out of the following four:

Quantitative Methods for Social Science (15 credits)
Advanced Quantitative Methods for Causal Inference (15 credits)
Introduction to Qualitative Methods (15 credits)
Advanced Qualitative Methods (15 credits)

Optional modules

In addition, you are required to take the remaining credits from a wide range of options that may typically include:

Gender, Society & Development (15 credits)
Poverty, Inequality & Social Policy in Emerging Economies (15 credits)
Political Economy of Market Reform (15 credits)
Multinational Enterprises, Global Value Chains, and Local Development (15 credits)
Comparative Public Policy Analysis In Emerging Economies (15 credits)
Industrial Development: Strategy and Competitiveness (15 credits)
Industrial Economics & International Development (15 credits)
Social Justice: Ethnographic Insights (15 credits)
Education & Development (15 credits)
Health Policy and Healthcare Systems in Emerging Economies (15 credits)
Advanced Quantitative Methods for Causal Inference (15 credits)
Advanced Qualitative Methods (15 credits)
Quantitative Methods for Social Science (15 credits)
Introduction to Qualitative Methods (15 credits)
Practical and Theoretical Evaluation of Sustainable Development (15 credits)
Project Management for International Development (15 credits)
Climate, Environment, and Uneven Development (15 credits)
Political Economy of Latin America: Development Trajectories and Contemporary Challenges (15 credits)
Displacement and Development in the Contemporary Era (15 credits)
Governing Complex Societies: Federalism, Decentralisation & Development (15 credits)

Up to 30 credits from departments across the university, including the possibility of taking a language module, subject to approvals. Part time students should plan to take two required modules in their first year worth 30 credits, at least one methods module worth 15 credits from the list above plus 30 credits of optional modules. During your second year part-time students will take the required Dissertation module worth 60 credits and 45 credits worth of optional modules to make up 180 credits in total.

King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

Please note that modules with a practical component will be capped due to educational requirements, which may mean that we cannot guarantee a place to all students who elect to study this module.

Employability

Our course provides you with high-quality graduate research training that will greatly enhance your employability in the development sector, both in the UK and other OECD countries, as well as in ‘emerging economies’.

You can also transfer the skills to a career in consultancy organisations, private sector companies with global operations and government offices. Our course is ideal if you are an international student seeking specialist training and/or government employment.

Tuition Fees

UK:

Full time: £11,040 per year (2022/23)

Part time: £5,520 per year (2022/23)

International:

Full time: £24,660 per year (2022/23)

Part time: £12,330 per year (2022/23)

These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

Deposit

When you receive an offer for this course you will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit to secure your place. The deposit will be credited towards your total fee payment.

The UK deposit is £500.

The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000.

  • If you receive an offer on or before 31 March, payment is due by 25 April 2022.

  • If you receive an offer between 1 April and 30 June, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.

  • If you receive an offer between 1 July and 31 July, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.

  • If you receive an offer between 1 August and 21 August, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.

  • If you receive an offer from 22 August onwards, payment is due within three days of receiving the offer

If you are a current King’s student in receipt of the King's Living Bursary you are not required to pay a deposit to secure your place on the programme. Please note, this will not change the total fees payable for your chosen programme.

Please visit our web pages on fees and funding for more information.

Additional Costs

In addition to your tuition costs, you can also expect to pay for:

  • Books if you choose to buy your own copies
  • Clothing for optional course related events and competitions 
  • Library fees and fines
  • Personal photocopies
  • Printing course handouts
  • Society membership fees
  • Stationery 
  • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses
  • Graduation costs

Funding

Our MSc course provides you with high-quality post-graduate teaching and research training in the analysis of emerging economies. It offers a distinctive approach to the study of development by focusing on rising economic powers and some of the questions surrounding their emergence as key players in global politics and the economy. It also draws on social scientific expertise from across other departments in the Faculties of Social Sciences & Public Policy and Arts & Humanities. This course focuses on reviewing economic development theory to ask whether emerging economies offer a new model or models of development. It looks at the strategies that they have adopted to promote development, how inclusive and sustainable or enduring these new strategies are and how emerging markets solve the difficult problems of promoting growth over the longer term. While investigating this last question we will discuss how these countries handle the development and diffusion of technology, how they manage trade and financial flows, how they balance the role of the state and the market, and how they deal with problems of institutional development and weak systems of law and accountability.

Base campuses

strand-quad
Strand Campus

Located on the north bank of the River Thames, the Strand Campus houses King's College London's arts and sciences faculties.

waterloo-banner
Waterloo Campus

Waterloo campus is home of the Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing & Midwifery and facilities for other faculties

Regulating bodies

King's is regulated by the Office for Students

Loading...

Teaching methods - what to expect

We will use a delivery method that will ensure students have a rich, exciting experience from the start. Face to face teaching will be complemented and supported with innovative technology so that students also experience elements of digital learning and assessment.

For every 15-credit module we will typically provide 20 hours of lectures and seminars, and we will expect you to undertake 130 hours of independent study. For your dissertation, you will usually have five hours of dissertation workshops and five one-to-one or group consultations with supervisors. To complement this, you should undertake approximately 590 hours of independent study and project work.

 
Module Lectures, seminars and feedback Self-study
Per 15-credit taught module Typically 20 hours 130 hours (some modules may involve lab work or e-learning which would require less self-guided learning)
Dissertation module Usually 5 x 1 hour dissertation workshops and 5 one-to-one or group consultation with supervisors. 590 hours of self-study and project work.

Assessment

  • Essays
  • Oral Presentations
  • Coursework
  • Written Examinations
  • Practicals
  • Group Reports
  • Dissertation

Your performance on taught modules in the Department of International Development will be assessed through a combination of coursework and written/practical examinations. Forms of assessment may typically include individual essays, oral group presentations or group reports. The dissertation module is assessed by a proposal and a 12,000-word dissertation.

King’s College London is regulated by the Office for Students.

Structure

Required modules

Courses are divided into modules. You will normally take modules totalling 180 credits. You are required to take the following modules:

Topics in the Analysis of Emerging Economies (15 credits)
Development Theory and Emerging Economies (15 credits)
Dissertation (60 Credits)

You must also take at least one 15-credit methods module, out of the following four:

Quantitative Methods for Social Science (15 credits)
Advanced Quantitative Methods for Causal Inference (15 credits)
Introduction to Qualitative Methods (15 credits)
Advanced Qualitative Methods (15 credits)

Optional modules

In addition, you are required to take the remaining credits from a wide range of options that may typically include:

Gender, Society & Development (15 credits)
Poverty, Inequality & Social Policy in Emerging Economies (15 credits)
Political Economy of Market Reform (15 credits)
Multinational Enterprises, Global Value Chains, and Local Development (15 credits)
Comparative Public Policy Analysis In Emerging Economies (15 credits)
Industrial Development: Strategy and Competitiveness (15 credits)
Industrial Economics & International Development (15 credits)
Social Justice: Ethnographic Insights (15 credits)
Education & Development (15 credits)
Health Policy and Healthcare Systems in Emerging Economies (15 credits)
Advanced Quantitative Methods for Causal Inference (15 credits)
Advanced Qualitative Methods (15 credits)
Quantitative Methods for Social Science (15 credits)
Introduction to Qualitative Methods (15 credits)
Practical and Theoretical Evaluation of Sustainable Development (15 credits)
Project Management for International Development (15 credits)
Climate, Environment, and Uneven Development (15 credits)
Political Economy of Latin America: Development Trajectories and Contemporary Challenges (15 credits)
Displacement and Development in the Contemporary Era (15 credits)
Governing Complex Societies: Federalism, Decentralisation & Development (15 credits)

Up to 30 credits from departments across the university, including the possibility of taking a language module, subject to approvals. Part time students should plan to take two required modules in their first year worth 30 credits, at least one methods module worth 15 credits from the list above plus 30 credits of optional modules. During your second year part-time students will take the required Dissertation module worth 60 credits and 45 credits worth of optional modules to make up 180 credits in total.

King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

Please note that modules with a practical component will be capped due to educational requirements, which may mean that we cannot guarantee a place to all students who elect to study this module.

Employability

Our course provides you with high-quality graduate research training that will greatly enhance your employability in the development sector, both in the UK and other OECD countries, as well as in ‘emerging economies’.

You can also transfer the skills to a career in consultancy organisations, private sector companies with global operations and government offices. Our course is ideal if you are an international student seeking specialist training and/or government employment.

Tuition Fees

UK:

Full time: £11,040 per year (2022/23)

Part time: £5,520 per year (2022/23)

International:

Full time: £24,660 per year (2022/23)

Part time: £12,330 per year (2022/23)

These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

Deposit

When you receive an offer for this course you will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit to secure your place. The deposit will be credited towards your total fee payment.

The UK deposit is £500.

The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000.

  • If you receive an offer on or before 31 March, payment is due by 25 April 2022.

  • If you receive an offer between 1 April and 30 June, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.

  • If you receive an offer between 1 July and 31 July, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.

  • If you receive an offer between 1 August and 21 August, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.

  • If you receive an offer from 22 August onwards, payment is due within three days of receiving the offer

If you are a current King’s student in receipt of the King's Living Bursary you are not required to pay a deposit to secure your place on the programme. Please note, this will not change the total fees payable for your chosen programme.

Please visit our web pages on fees and funding for more information.

Additional Costs

In addition to your tuition costs, you can also expect to pay for:

  • Books if you choose to buy your own copies
  • Clothing for optional course related events and competitions 
  • Library fees and fines
  • Personal photocopies
  • Printing course handouts
  • Society membership fees
  • Stationery 
  • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses
  • Graduation costs

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