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Hello! I have applied for MSc Development Economics course at Manchester,Glasgow, Sussex , Surrey , UEA and Essex. I have received offers from UEA and Surrey at the moment and response awaited from others. I could not apply to top colleges as i have an engineering degree and no background in economics but i am a civil servant in India dealing with alot of economics and taxation. My quandary is that i have been invited for Chevening interview in next two weeks and i had given choices of Glasgow, Manchester and LSE. I haven't heard back from Glasgow and Manchester and didn't apply to LSE as i was aware that without eco degree chances would be zilch. Now interview is the last stage where I can change my university choices so i would definitely replace LSEand may be one of Glasgow or Manchester if I don't receive any news by next week. Given i have received offer from UEA and Surrey and assuming that i may get offers from Essex and Sussex , can anyone guide me which universities i should opt ( 2 out of 4 of UEA,Sussex,Surrey and Essex) and what if I get offer from any one of Glasgow or Manchester. Kindly advise pls.
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Original post by Adibiks
Hello! I have applied for MSc Development Economics course at Manchester,Glasgow, Sussex , Surrey , UEA and Essex. I have received offers from UEA and Surrey at the moment and response awaited from others. I could not apply to top colleges as i have an engineering degree and no background in economics but i am a civil servant in India dealing with alot of economics and taxation. My quandary is that i have been invited for Chevening interview in next two weeks and i had given choices of Glasgow, Manchester and LSE. I haven't heard back from Glasgow and Manchester and didn't apply to LSE as i was aware that without eco degree chances would be zilch. Now interview is the last stage where I can change my university choices so i would definitely replace LSEand may be one of Glasgow or Manchester if I don't receive any news by next week. Given i have received offer from UEA and Surrey and assuming that i may get offers from Essex and Sussex , can anyone guide me which universities i should opt ( 2 out of 4 of UEA,Sussex,Surrey and Essex) and what if I get offer from any one of Glasgow or Manchester. Kindly advise pls.


Have you considered looking into conversion courses in economics? A postgrad diploma in economics woud often allow you to go into postgrad in economics. See the following regarding conversion courses:
https://www.prospects.ac.uk/postgraduate-study/conversion-courses

Some of the top colleges/universities won't accept the diploma, so you would need to check with postgrad admissions of the economics department of individual universities to see if the diploma would allow you to do their courses. See the following as courses that you can look into:
https://www.bristol.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/2023/ssl/graduate-diploma-economics/
https://www.econ.cam.ac.uk/apply/diploma/entry-requirements
https://www.essex.ac.uk/courses/pg00542/3/graduate-diploma-economics
https://www.uea.ac.uk/course/postgraduate/graduate-diploma-economics#course-entry-requirements

As far as I know, Manchester is good for economics and UEA is good for development economics. I can't comment on other universities.
Reply 2
Conversion course are not allowed for Chevening applicants. It has to be 1 year taught postgraduate course only. I have the offer from UEA. Just have no idea about whether it's a right choice or not. Still waiting on Manchester application. Any other universities with reputed development economics courses or economic and policy analysis courses?
Thanks in advance!!
Original post by Adibiks
Conversion course are not allowed for Chevening applicants. It has to be 1 year taught postgraduate course only. I have the offer from UEA. Just have no idea about whether it's a right choice or not. Still waiting on Manchester application. Any other universities with reputed development economics courses or economic and policy analysis courses?
Thanks in advance!!

Development economics is a bit niched, so I can't say for certain.
I'm also a bit hesitant since I know people will probably end up criticising my opinions of which economics school is better than the other (it happens a lot with rankings)

See the following degrees that might be of interest:
https://www.bath.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate-2023/taught-postgraduate-courses/msc-international-development-with-economics-full-time/#entry-requirements
https://www.soas.ac.uk/study/find-course/msc-development-economics

Bath in particular has a strong economics department (unless people tell me otherwise)

By the way, is it development studies, economics, or strictly development economics that you're looking to study? Do you have any specific career ambitions in mind?
Reply 4
An economic course with primary focus on issues of development, policy analysis, evaluation and prescription. I know not many universities have such courses so yes it's niched and most of them ask for economics ug degree. If nothing , will go with UEA, atleast have an unconditional offer from them. If not theatre of dreams, canaries it shall be!

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