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Master Economie du Developpement Parcours Development Economics

The MSc in development economics is a one-year program (master 2 level). The first semester is devoted to studies when the second semester will consist in training through an internship or a master thesis.

National degree. Level: Master of Science
Entry minimum level: 4 successful years in higher education institution(s): a four years bachelor's degree, or a three years bachelor's degree plus one year of master's degree.



  • 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 term, in order to familiarize students with the basics of this language and help them better integrate.

Programme Structure

S1: Core study modules

  • International Development
  • Financing Development
  • Economic Policies
  • Sustainable Development
  • Quantitative techniques
  • French as a foreign language

S2 : Training modules

  • 3 to 6 months internship or master thesis
  • Report


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 successfully completed 4 years in Higher Education Institutions, in order to enroll in a master’s degree second year: either a four-year bachelor’s degree or a three-year bachelor’s degree and one first year of master’s degree.
  • Candidates who are not native English speakers or who have not completed their first degree at a university in which the language of teaching is 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 785 (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 hereunder, contact Campus France office of your country: www.nom du pays.campusfrance.org, example: www.algerie.campusfrance.org

You are also invited to apply online: https://pastel.diplomatie.gouv.fr/etudesenfrance

Burkina Faso
Congo Brazzaville
Coast of Ivory


South korea

2- If you are not a citizen of one of those countries, please fill in the 2019-2020 application file and e-mail it with the required documents to claudine.belot@uca.fr

Tuition Fees

CVEC (contribution en ligne vie étudiante et de campus: online contribution for student and campus life): 90 euros
National tuition fees : 243 euros in 2018-2019, not voted yet at national level for 2019-2020 (generally voted in July, and should not change)


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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