MSc Finance and Financial Law
Coming to SOAS from an American university environment was a major change, but certainly a positive one. The thing that immediately struck me was the diversity (intellectual or otherwise) of the SOAS community, and the general openness with which everyone is met. Being somewhat of an outlier from the "normal" SOAS student, I was often asked about my positions, but never chastised. People go to SOAS to see things they wouldn't see anywhere else, and that is a promise I'm confident SOAS will always deliver on.
The Finance & Financial Law program was fantastic in its ability to blend the relevance of legal constructs with the more technical elements of finance, without sacrificing depth for breadth. This approach was especially useful for those of us who had had exposure to finance and law, but not both at the same time, or in such an integrated manner. The electives in the program give students an opportunity to focus on more specific types of finance or management issues, whether they're regional, cultural, or functional. I chose to take Corporate Governance, and was pleasantly surprised by how an otherwise seemingly dry course could become interesting with the right professor.
The dissertation may have been my all-around favorite part of the course, because my advisor worked with me to pursue the relevant topics that interested me. It was a chance to combine earlier experiences with the new material I'd learned to produce something substantial in a way that hadn't been done before, and that experience is still paying off today.
There is absolutely no question that I would recommend SOAS to anyone interested in a hybrid finance and law master's program. It's a place like no other, and I'd be lying if I said I hadn't considered going back for another course. Hopefully one day…