MSc Finance and Financial Law
I first came to SOAS as a study abroad student from the United States during my junior year of my undergraduate degree. When I first arrived, I befriended people from all walks of life. The classes I took during that time were challenging and coerced me to think globally with my public policy and law bachelor’s degree. I was surrounded by those who had real intellectual curiosity about the way the world works. I loved it so much that I ended up applying for the MSc Finance and Financial Law program. Although I’m an outlier from a ‘typical’ SOAS student in that my interests are related to infrastructure business, banking, and global financial regulation, I find there are like-minded people within the Department of Financial and Management Studies who, too, are fascinated with countries within the emerging market.
That was part of the reason I picked SOAS for my postgraduate degree. The finance and financial law programme highlighted both the mechanics of finance in conjunction with the relevance of the corporate law and their pivotal relationship to each other. Our program consisted of a mix of lawyers, financiers, and economists both older and younger. We have people that have worked for major financial institutions such as KPMG and we have others who have their eyes set on working for international institutions such as the International Monetary Fund or World Bank. This diversity has added to stimulating discussions in tutorials. Additionally, it has built life-long networks and friendships.
Part of the reason I chose SOAS over others is because it offered the Islamic Banking and Finance elective module. This is a one-of-a-kind class and an interesting subject that only SOAS offers. My hope is that the knowledge attained in this class will make me more suited for international corporate jobs that deal with the states that are a part of the Gulf Cooperation Council.
My dissertation will be on Islamic finance and its relation to infrastructure projects. My hope is that this piece of work will allow me to showcase this to prospective employers in order to demonstrate my knowledge of such subject material. It is a way to combine my academic knowledge with practical knowledge skills needed for the workplace.
I would recommend SOAS for those who are interested in a mixed finance and law program which can dispense global knowledge about the differences of finance within different world jurisdictions. It is especially relevant to those who seek to work or do some kind of business within the emerging market.