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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.

Key information

Application status Open

Duration 1 year FT / 2 years PT, September to September

Study mode Full-time, Part-time

Credit value UK 180 / ECTS 90

Course intake No fixed number

Course leaders Dr Andres Mejia-Acosta

Further details

Course contact for further information

Postgraduate Admissions Team, Admissions Office
tel: +44 (0)20 7848 2979
fax: +44 (0)20 7848 7200

Course contact form Postgraduate admissions

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Social Science & Public Policy

Department Department of International Development

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Course detail

Description

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.

 

Location

This course is primarily taught at the King’s College London Strand and Waterloo Campuses. Our location in the heart of London brings outstanding advantages. You can enjoy excellent academic, social and cultural opportunities and wide-ranging access to library and archival resources.

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Course format and assessment

Teaching

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. 

 Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

Assessment

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.  

 

Regulating body

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

Structure

Year 1

Required Modules

Courses are divided into modules. You will normally take modules totalling 180 credits.

You are required to take the following modules:

Students must also take at least one 15-credit methods module, out of the following four: 
a. Quantitative Methods for Social Science
b. Advanced Quantitative Methods for Causal Inference 
c. Introduction to Qualitative Methods 
d. Advanced Qualitative Methods

Optional Modules

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

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 module in their first year worth 30 credits, one methods module worth 15 credits from the list above, plus 30 credits of optional modules.  During their second year 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.

Entry requirements & how to apply

EEID Entry Requirements
Minimum requirements  2:1

Bachelor's degree with 2:1 honours in such related subjects as international development, politics, economics or other social science or regional studies.

You will also be considered if you have professional development-related work experience.

International requirements   Visit our admissions webpages to view our International entry requirements.
English Language requirements Band B Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.

 

Application procedure

Applications must be made online using King’s online application portal apply.kcl.ac.uk and a non-refundable application fee of £70 applies. All applications are assessed by an admissions tutor.

As part of the evaluation of your application you might be asked to attend an online or telephone interview.

Personal statement and supporting information

You will be asked to submit the following documents in order for your application to be considered:

Document checklist
Personal Statement Yes Please submit a one-page (maximum) personal statement with your application, explaining why you wish to apply for this programme and why you feel it matches your interests, academic background and, if relevant, your career plans and what you feel you would bring to the course and fellow students. Please include details of your previous exposure to the subject of emerging economies, eg through coursework on your undergraduate degree, language studies, career interests, time spent in a relevant country etc.
Previous Academic Study Yes A copy (or copies) of your official academic transcript(s), showing the subjects studied and marks obtained. If you have already completed your degree, copies of your official degree certificate will also be required. Applicants with academic documents issued in a language other than English, will need to submit both the original and official translation of their documents.
References Yes One academic reference is required. A professional reference will be accepted if you have completed your qualifications over five years ago. In some cases, we may request an additional reference from you.
Other Optional You may wish to include a CV (Resume) or evidence of professional registration as part of your application.

 

Application closing date

We recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible. Our first application deadline is the 26th March 2021. After this date, the programme will remain open only if places are still available and will be closed as soon as it is full.

For programmes that remain open beyond this date, the final application deadlines for the following fee statuses are listed below:

  • EU or overseas (international) fee status: 30th July 2021
  • Home fee status: 27th August 2021

Please note, you will not be eligible for an application fee refund if you apply after the first application deadline in March, and we are unable to process more offers as places are filled before the final application deadlines above.


 

Help and support

If you don't have a suitable qualification for direct entry to a UK university, or if English isn't your first language, our academic preparation courses can help you get ready for study in the UK.

Preparation courses

Fees and funding

  • Full time Home fees: £10,500 per year (2021/22)
  • Full time overseas fees: £23,460 per year (2021/22)
  • Part time Home fees: £5,250 per year (2021/22)
  • Part time overseas fees: £11,730 per year (2021/22)

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 31st March, payment is due by 30th April 2021.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st April and 30th June, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st July and 31st July, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer on or after 1st August, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer from late August onwards, payment is due within 2 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.

Additional costs/expenses

In addition to the costs above, 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

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

Financial help and support

Visit the fees and funding webpages to find out more about bursaries, scholarships, grants, tuition fees, living expenses, student loans and other financial help available at King's.

Career prospects

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.

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Blue box with King's College London rankings. Starting with, 7th in the UK for research quality. Followed by, 6th in the UK for research power. Concluding with, 4th among multi-faculty universities for research Impact. The source is research excellence framework 2014

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