SOAS University of London

Department of Economics

Graduate Destinations

Career Prospects

The study of economics provides students with a range of important skills necessary to continue in the field of research and analysis, and equips students with a portfolio of widely transferable skills valued by employers. These include numeracy, analytical thinking and general skills such as organisation and effective communication skills. In addition the study of economics gives students specialist knowledge and particular problem solving skills including: abstraction, analysis, quantification, strategic thinking and adaptability.

Who do graduates work for?

SOAS Economic graduates have gone on to employment in a range of professional roles in both business and public sectors, such as international banking and finance, national governments in many parts of the world, international organisations and development agencies, non-governmental organisations, and academia.  The UK's Government Economic Service, HM Treasury, the Bank of England, various United Nations organisations, the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, the OECD, the Overseas Development Institute, GIZ Oxford Policy Management, Christian Aid, HSBC Bank, Barclays, Standard Chartered Bank, KPMG, Captial Economies, Deloitte, Ernst & Young, BBC World Service, Bloomberg L.P, the Financial Times and Euromoney Magazine are just some of the employers. 

Well-known alumni of the SOAS Department of Economics include:

  • Oldemiro Júlio Marques Balói (MSc 1994), Minister of Foreign Affairs of Mozambique

    (since 2008)

  • Luísa Dias Diogo (MSc 1992), Prime Minister of Mozambique (2004-2010) and

    Minister of Planning and Finance (2000-2005)

  • Lesetja Kganyago (MSc 1994), Governor of the South African Reserve Bank (since


  • Leslie W. Maasdorp (MSc 1992), Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of the

    New Development Bank (since 2015)

  • Lia Quartapelle (MSc 2005), Member of the Italian Parliament (since 2013) and

    Secretary of the Foreign and European Affairs Commission

  • Samir Radwan (MSc 1967, PhD 1973), Minister of Finance of Egypt (2011) in the first

    post Mubarak government

  • Atiur Rahman (PhD 1977), 10th Governor of Bangladesh Bank (2009-2016)

  • Ibrahim Saif (MSc, PhD), Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources of Jordan (since

    2015), former Minister of Planning & International Cooperation

  • Maria Graciela Ramos Bucad (MSc 1992), Chief Executive of Barclays Africa Group

    and Member of the Executive Committee of Barclays (since 2011) and former

    Director-General of the National Treasury of South Africa

  • Husam Zomlot (PhD 2008), Ambassador-at- large for the Palestinian government and

    Co-founder and Co-ordinator of the Palestine Strategy Group at the Oxford Research


Destinations of recent graduates from this department immediately after graduation are listed below.

Example employers include:

Automated Systems Holdings Limited (The ASL Group)
Bloomberg L.P
Capital Economics
Civil Service
Department for Transport
Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC)
Development Solutions (DS)
Do-it Trust
Drew University
Global One 2015
Goldman Sachs
Grant Thornton
IFAD (International Fund for Agricultural Development)
International Centre for Ethnic Studies (ICES)
KKS Advisors
Kuomintang (Chinese Nationalist Party)
Lagrimas de Dolores
Leeds University Business School
London School of Economics and Political Science Students' U
National University of Ireland (NUI)
North South University
Ofgem (Office of Gas and Electricity Markets)
Self-Employed Writer
SOAS, University of London
Swiss Re
The Labour Party
The Risk Advisory Group
The University of Northampton
University of Coimbra (Centre for Social Studies)
University of Leeds
University of the West of England
War on Want
Example job titles include:
Accounting Associate
Administration Assistant
Assistant Economist
Assistant Professor of Economics
Bid Writer
Campaigns and Policy Director
Civil Servant
Equity Derivative Worker
Financial Analyst
Financial Services Consultant
General Election Mobilisation Assistant
Graduate Tax Trainee
Group Strategy and Development Intern
International Development Intern
Lecturer in Economics
Lecturer in International Development
Lecturer in International Economics
Monitoring Analyst
Policy Data Manager
Post-Doctoral Researcher
Postgraduate Students' Officer
Project Management Consultant Intern
Project Officer
Research Assistant and Economist
Research Associate
Research Fellow
Sales Adviser
Sales and Marketing Director
Self-Employed Author
Sustainability and Strategy Consultant
Sustainability Consultant
Tax Adviser
Tax Associate
Team Assistant
Technical Adviser
Trainee Economic Consultant

DLHE Statistics

Graduate Destination Surveys from 2014 show that the majority of graduates who could be surveyed are either in work, further study, work and study or volunteering.

Further information about DLHE is available on the Careers Service website.

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