Masters in Development Economics from University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne

Masters in Development Economics from University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne



The aim of the Masters in Development Economics is to train students into 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 13 courses (4 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 are 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.
  • 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.


  • At the end of the first year, students obtain a certificate of M1 (first year of Masters’).
  • 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 5000 paid in cash to the FEPS.

For the Master 2:

  • 1400 euros paid online to the University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne
  • LE 6000 paid in cash to the FEPS.

List of courses*

First year: M1

Semester One

  • Advanced International Trade (36 hours)
  • Development Economics (36 hours)
  • M1 thesis seminar (18 hours)

Semester Two

  • Development policies (18 hours)
  • Open macroeconomics (18 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 : Education and health (12 hours)
  • Institutions, governance and development (12 hours)
  • Macroeconomics, gender and development (36 hours)
  • Inequality, Development and Gender (36 hours)
  • M2 thesis seminar (18 hours)

*(Between brackets the number of teaching hours per course)


  • For M1: lectures take place on Saturdays from 9am to 12pm and 1.30pm to 4.30pm.
  • For M2: lectures take place on weekdays from 6pm to 9pm.

The Application Process:

Submit the following documents:

  1. Completed Post-Graduate application form ( )
  2. Cover letter with regard to why you wish to join this Master’s program (approximately 500 words in English)
  3. Two passport size photos
  4. Copy of National Identity card or Passport for foreigners
  5. Curriculum vitae
  6. Copy of Bachelor’s degree or its equivalent for candidates who studied abroad
  7. Copy of academic transcripts
  8. A proof of English proficiency (only for those who don’t have a degree from a University program entirely taught in English)
  9. 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 2019/2020”. A hard copy must be submitted in the office of the French section (at the Faculty of Economics and Political Science, Third floor). Each candidate will be assigned a slot for an interview, if necessary, in August 2019.

Application Deadline:  August 1st, 2019.