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Master Economie du développement

Diplômant / étape


The MSc in development economics is a two-year program.

The structure is the following:

  • year one: two semesters of studies, from September to January and from February to June
  • year two: one semester of studies from September to January, followed by one semester of internship (3 to 6 months between February and September)

National degree. Level: Master of Science
Entry minimum level: candidates must have obtained a bachelor’s degree in economics. Another bachelor’s degree can be accepted, if the candidate has attended lectures of economics: macroeconomics, microeconomics, econometrics…

The application period is extended until May 6th 2023


  • Offering a broad vision of economic development issues and using the standard operational tools of economic analysis.
  • Considering a context characterized by a growing trade and financial openness.
  • Examining market imperfections, inequality, poverty
  • Combining macro and microeconomic analysis, and considering as well short term, as long-term issues.
  • Analyzing real situations by combining theoretical developments and statistics and/or econometrics approaches.


The master is entirely taught in English. A compulsory French as a foreign language course is implemented at the beginning of the first term, in order to familiarize students with the basics of this language and help them better integrate in their environment.

Programme Structure

S1 : Core study modules

  • International Development
  • Economic Analysis
  • Quantitative techniques
  • French as a foreign language

S2 : Core study modules

  • Economic theory and policy
  • Economics of development
  • Sustainable development
  • Quantitative methods

S3 : Core study modules

  • International development
  • Sustainable development
  • Quantitative techniques

S4 : training through internship


Entry requirements

  • Candidates are expected to have received a good training in economics and to have a basic knowledge of calculus and statistics
  • Candidates must have obtained a bachelor’s degree in economics. Another bachelor’s degree might be accepted, if the candidate has received teachings in microeconomics, macroeconomics, econometrics, statistics…
  • Candidates who are not native English speakers or who have not completed their first degree at a university in English will match our English Language Requirements by holding an English language qualification to the right level: IELTS: 6.5; TOEFL IBT : 79, Cambridge English advanced certificate, grade B, TOEIC 900 (or equivalent).

Selection criteria

Eligible applications (with all supporting documents) will be assessed by a commission of faculty members of the School of Economics. Assessment will be based on academic merit (the relevance of the degree/courses studied and overall grades), motivation, references/recommendations, curriculum vitae and language skills.

Application: the process depends on your nationality

1- If you are a resident of one of the countries listed on this page: https://www.campusfrance.org/fr/candidature-procedure-etudes-en-france

You are invited to apply online on the platform "études en France": https://pastel.diplomatie.gouv.fr/etudesenfrance/dyn/public/authentification/login.html

2- If you are not a national of one of these countries, please fill in the application form and send it by e-mail with the required documents to claudine.belot@uca.fr : claudine.belot@uca.fr :

Application file

Tuition Fees

CVEC (contribution en ligne vie étudiante et de campus: online contribution for student and campus life): 100 euros in 2023/2024.
National tuition fees : 243 euros in 2023/2024

Tuition fees for non European applicants: 243 euros in 2023/2024


Graduates form the MSc in Development Economics will work as professional economists on development issues in development agencies (GIZ, NORAD…), governments, international financial institutions or the private sector (banks, finance, firms), NGOs…

More on why you should study this course

The programme relies on the expertise of professors in economics from the school of economics, University of Clermont Auvergne, and researchers affiliated to the CERDI (Center for Studies and Research on International Development) established in 1976. The CERDI is recognized as a leading institution in research devoted to international development economics.
Several guest professors from prestigious partner universities and professionals also teach in this MSc.

The advantages of studying at the University of Clermont Auvergne

In a unique, natural setting located at the crossroads of Europe, the University of Clermont Auvergne is a multi-disciplinary institution centered on five major fields: law-economics- management / Life sciences, health and environment/ Humanities/ tehnology and engineering/ basic sciences.

Some figures: 35000 students, 1300 professor-researchers 35 research centers.
  • The university is regularly ranked amongst the best French Universities.
  • A very helpful and enthusiastic staff will welcome you and help you deal with all different issues: housing, insurance…
  • Situated in the valley of Auvergne’s volcano park, the university offers excellent conditions for study and work in a green region overflowing with a vibrant cultural and sporting life.


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Parcours amont

  • Master Economie du développement parc. Development economics