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University of Sussex: Development Economics

Institution University of Sussex View institution profile
Department Economics
Telephone 01273 872717
Study type Taught


Gain a rigorous training in economics and development, and develop a thorough understanding of a wide range of economic theories, concepts and methods of analysis. Become a policy-oriented development economist in government, international development organisations, consultancies or prepare for PhD study.

On this course, you’ll benefit from our applied approach to teaching and research. You’ll engage in current debates, work with real data and begin to appreciate the nuances around economic problems and policies. There’s a particular focus on circumstances where markets are not well developed, institutions are weak or contested, or where high-quality data is scarce.

You’ll learn to:

  • design and evaluate policy

  • frame complex development challenges

  • communicate economic and technical analysis to specialist and non-specialist audiences

  • understand ethical standards and behaviours in research, analysis and policy

  • work effectively in diverse teams as well as in leadership roles.

As well as gaining a solid grounding in micro- and macroeconomic theory, you’ll learn to analyse contemporary theory, debates and evidence on a wide range of development issues.

Accreditation You’ll join the EQUIS and AMBA-accredited University of Sussex Business School. Learn more about all of our course accreditations here


We are a research-intensive campus university with an excellent international reputation, located within the vibrant seaside city of Brighton & Hove. We welcome spirited students who want to study in a creative and intellectually-challenging environment.

We have been ranked 1st in the world for Development Studies for seven consecutive years in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017-2023.

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