International and Development Economics

Study mode:On campus Study type:Full-time Languages: English
Foreign:$ 1.2k / Semester(s) Deadline: Sep 30, 2021
StudyQA ranking:984 Duration:3 semestrs

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The HTW, the largest university of applied sciences in Berlin, offers an 18-month full-time Master's degree programme in "International and Development Economics" (MIDE), taught entirely in English. Designed for students from developing and transitional countries as well as from Germany and other developed countries with a special interest in the economic challenges facing "third world" countries, the programme prepares students to work in areas related to global economic affairs and development.
The Master's programme in International and Development Economics has been established for students who have a first degree in economics/business administration or in other social sciences with a focus on economics. It is designed to enhance understanding of development economics, the international economic context in which socio-economic development takes place, and of key sectors and policy areas that are relevant for developing countries, with a particular focus on agriculture, financial institutions, and public enterprises. In order to understand the challenges of formulating current development policies, the programme covers both the principal theoretical debates as well as specific contemporary examples of strategies, policies, and projects.

Educational organisation

The programme comprises three semesters consisting of 19 course modules, including a project and dissertation period of six months. Seven courses are compulsory (marked *). Additionally, five elective modules, as well as two supplementary modules must be taken.

First Semester:
  • Microeconomics and Development*
  • Macroeconomics and Development*
  • International Economics for the 21st Century*
  • Theories of Development*
  • Norms, Institutions and Social Progress
  • Germany's External Relations
  • Research Methods in Social Sciences
  • Project Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation

Second Semester:
  • Development Policies and Research Colloquium*
  • Public Finance for Development*
  • Social Protection in Low- and Middle-Income Countries
  • Topical Issues of International and Development Economics
  • Central Banking
  • Financial Systems Development
  • Regional Integration
  • The State in Business
  • Environmental and Resource Economics
  • Development Cooperation
  • Econometrics

Third Semester:
  • Master's thesis seminar*
  • Master's thesis (12 weeks)

Further information:

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An internship is not required. However, if students wish to do an internship during semester breaks, before writing their Master's thesis or after graduation, it will be supported by the programme.

Forms of assessment

Forms of assessment include exams, papers, and presentations.

Course objectives

Job opportunities upon graduation:
The programme will prepare students to work in various areas related to developing and transitional countries and international economics. Graduates will be well equipped to work for government or non-government institutions involved in international economic and development cooperation. In developing and transitional countries, graduates will be ideally suited for positions in government departments, banks, consulting organisations, multinational companies, chambers of commerce or universities and other educational institutions.

Language requirements

  • TOEFL paper-based: at least 580 points or
  • TOEFL computer-based: at least 237 points or
  • TOEFL internet-based: at least 96 points or
  • IELTS grade 7.0
  • CPE (Certificate of Proficiency in English), all levels
  • CAE (Certificate in Advanced English), all levels
  • BEC Higher (Business English Certificate)
  • TOEIC 800 points or higher
Native speakers of English are not required to supply proof of their English language ability.
If English was the official language of instruction for the first degree, please supply official proof. TOEFL or IELTS are not required in this case.

Academic requirements

A Bachelor's degree in economics or business administration
If applicants do not have a degree in any of these subjects, they should have taken at least 12 economics and business administration classes (at least three in economics) to prove solid background knowledge in the field.
The first degree must be equivalent to a three-year German Bachelor's degree. It is highly recommended that applicants get in touch with the MIDE office ( to find out whether the degree from a foreign country is equivalent.
Applicants with only three years of study or equivalent either must study an additional 30 ECTS at the university or prove that they have completed at least one year's professional employment or training since graduating. Applicants with an equivalent of three and a half or more years of study do not need to prove professional experience.
Applicants for a DAAD scholarship must have at least two years of professional experience.

Enrolment fees

There is a semester fee of approx. 302 EUR. The semester fee must be paid before the start of each of the three semesters of the programme. This semester fee includes a ticket for all public transport in Berlin as well as an administrative fee, and contributions to both the "Studentenwerk" (Student Services) and AStA (the Student Union).

Costs of living

Students require approximately 800-900 EUR per month to cover living expenses:
Accommodation: 300-350 EUR
Food: 200-300 EUR
Compulsory health insurance: 78 EUR
Cultural events: 100 EUR
Public transportation: included in semester fee

Job opportunities

International students are permitted to work 120 full days or 240 half days per year on a student visa. During the semester (April to July and October to February), we would advise students to concentrate on their studies as the programme is very intensive and will take up most of their time.
In the semester holidays (August, September and March) there are normally no lectures or seminars and students may wish to work during these periods.

Arrival support

Upon request, a pick-up service from the airport is available. The support also includes help and advice on general issues regarding life and studies in Germany, e.g. opening a bank account, obtaining a residence permit, arranging health insurance, address registration etc.

Services and support for international students

Intensive tutoring and counselling, optional German language courses, guest lectures and excursions, personal contact person for MIDE students


Residence halls of the "Studentenwerk Berlin" are within three-minute walking distance from the university.
Students may also wish to consider looking for a room in a shared apartment ("Wohngemeinschaft" or "WG" for short), which is how many German students live during their studies. There are also housing agencies known as "Mitwohnzentralen" which cater to a variety of accommodation needs.
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