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Department of Financial & Management Studies (DeFiMS)

Department of Financial & Management Studies (DeFiMS)

The Department of Financial and Management Studies (DeFiMS) is dedicated to both undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and to advanced research in the fields of management, finance and related subjects. Results from the latest National Student Satisfaction survey show that 96% of the Department’s final year SOAS students say they were satisfied with the overall quality of their course, up 1% from 2013, and that DeFIMS was ranked 4th out of 116 Business and Management departments across the UK.

The research strength of the Department is partly reflected by the fact that 90% of the Department’s return in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) was rated as being of internationally recognised, internationally excellent or world leading quality. DeFiMS is an active research centre and runs a strong University of London PhD programme. The main fields of research in the Department include: Finance and Growth; Corporate Finance; Comparative Corporate Governance; Chinese Business, Management and Economy;Japanese Business and Management; Law, Finance, and the Firm; Environmental Economics and Management; Public Policy Management.

The Department offers on campus BSc and MSc programmes in International Management, Finance and Financial Law. Our centres, CeFiMS and CeDEP, offer Distance Learning Masters Degrees and Postgraduate Diplomas in the fields of banking, finance, international management, public policy, agricultural economics, environment and biodiversity and sustainability and development.

By promoting both the research of our faculty members and our teaching programmes in Finance and Management, we ensure that the undergraduate and postgraduate degrees offered by the Department of Financial and Management Studies are at the forefront of modern knowledge in their fields.  We are committed to combining that high level of academic research with professionalism and expertise in modern methods of teaching and learning.

Besides the facilities available within SOAS, studying for a degree with the Department of Financial and Management Studies means drawing on the expertise of the City of London, one of the world’s leading financial centres. SOAS is located close to the world-spanning banks, financial markets and investment houses of London and is at the heart of London’s continuous flow of financial data, news and financial research. The BSc and MSc programmes call upon experts throughout SOAS and from positions within London-based commerce, finance and government. It also provides research training for students planning careers in consulting or academia.


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E-mail: defims@soas.ac.uk