Masters in Development Economics from University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne 2021/2022

Masters in Development Economics from University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne


The aim of the Masters in Development Economics is to prepare highly qualified analysts of economic development issues. Its purpose is to reflect the growing demand for experts capable of addressing the challenges of economic development, evaluating the economic policies of developing countries and analyzing the economic relations between unequally developed countries.
The Masters’ program offers rigorous training in analytical and quantitative economic methods. Its goal is indeed to equip talented students with a solid foundation for applied research. The program is however geared to both future academics and future practitioners in the field of development economics and international economics.
The Masters’ lasts for two academic years. Each academic year is divided into two fourteen-week semesters. The Master comprises 16 courses (7 in the first year and 9 in the second year). There is also a thesis seminar where each student presents the work related to his or her thesis.
In the summer after the second year, subject to attaining a minimal academic performance, students can be offered a summer internship either as a research assistant in a faculty member’s project or at a private or public institution or international organizations.
The Masters’ thesis is an original research piece in the field chosen by the student. Each student is assigned an adviser who helps him or her in identifying a suitable research topic and oversees the whole process. The Masters’ thesis defense takes place at the end of semester four.
Entry requirements:

The program is intended for students with a “Licence d’Economie de l’Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne” or a bachelor in economics from other universities (with a minimum duration of four years).

Applicants must demonstrate competence in economics and quantitative analysis and the potential for learning the analytical and quantitative tools.

    • Computer literacy is essential.
    • Excellent command of the English Language.

General rules:

Students who are not enrolled at the Faculty of Economics and Political Science (Cairo University) have to get at least 50% in each course of Paris 1 University to pass from the first year of the masters to the second one.

In case students fail to obtain this grade, they can have a make-up exam in the corresponding course.

Attendance is compulsory. If a student has a repetitive absence (more than two times), he cannot take the final exam. No make-up exams in M2.


At the end of the second year, students obtain a Masters’ degree in development economics from University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne.
Four semesters (two semesters M1 and two semesters M2).
Teaching Language:
Courses are delivered by professors from Cairo University and University Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne in English.
Tuition fees:
For the Master 1:
· 1200 euros paid online to the University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne
· LE 6000 paid in cash to the FEPS (by Fawry).
For the Master 2:
· 1400 euros paid online to the University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne
· LE 7000 paid in cash to the FEPS (by Fawry).
List of courses*
First year: M1
Semester One: Advanced International Trade (36 hours); Econometrics II (36 hours); Development Economics (36 hours); M1 thesis seminar (18 hours).
Semester Two: Development policies (36 hours); Mathematical economics II (36 hours); Open macroeconomics (12 hours); Labor economics (24 hours); M1 thesis seminar (18 hours).
Second year: M2
Semester Three: Development theory (36 hours); Microeconomics of development (36 hours); Methods in empirical development economics (36 hours); Econometrics (36 hours + 18 hours tutorials); M2 thesis. seminar (18 hours).
Semester Four: Population, Migration and Development (12 hours);  Human capital and development (12 hours); Institutions, governance and development (12 hours); Macroeconomics and development (36 hours); Inequality, Development and Gender (36 hours); – M2 thesis seminar (18 hours).
– For M1: lectures take place on Saturdays and two weekdays from 6 to 9pm.
– For M2: lectures take place on weekdays from 6pm to 9pm.
*(Between brackets the number of teaching hours per course)
The Application Process:
Submit the following documents:
a. Completed Post-Graduate application form
b. Cover letter with regard to why you wish to join this Master’s program (approximately 500 words in English)
c. Two passport size photos
d. Copy of National Identity card or Passport for foreigners
e. Curriculum vitae
f. Copy of Bachelor’s degree or its equivalent for candidates who studied abroad
g. Copy of academic transcripts
h. A proof of English proficiency (only for those who don’t have a degree from a University program entirely taught in English)
i. Recommendation letters from two referees who hold senior academic or managerial positions
All these documents must be sent by email to in one pdf file as written in the application requirements named with “Yourfirsrname_yourlastname” with email subject “MDE Admission 2021/2022”. Each candidate will be assigned a slot for an interview, if necessary, in August 2021.
Application Deadline: July 31st, 2021.
For additional information please contact:
Chahir Zaki, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Economics
Director of the French section
Faculty of Economics and Political Science
Cairo University and ERF