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Department of Economics

BA Economics and ... (two subject degree)

Programme Code: See May be Combined With Duration: 3 or 4 Years

Overview

2014 Entry Requirements

  • A Levels: AAA
  • including GCSE Maths B
  • IB: 38 (7/6/6)
  • BTEC: DDD
  • Access to HE: Minimum of 30 Level 3 Credits at Distinction
  • Scottish Highers: AAAAA
  • Scottish Advanced Highers: AAA
  • Irish LC: 360 points from 5 Higher level subjects at grade C1 or above
  • Advanced Placement: 4 5 5 (Two semesters - UCAS Group A) plus US HSGD with GPA 3.0
  • Euro Bacc: 85%
  • French Bacc: 15/20
  • German Abitur: 1.5
  • Italy DES: 85/100
  • Austria Mat: 1.5
  • Polish Mat: Overall 80% including 3 extended level subjects

Minimum Entry Requirements: Plus a minimum of Grade B at GCSE for those without A-level Maths.

Interview Policy: Candidates with ‘non-standard’ qualifications may be invited

The two-subject degree combines economics with another discipline or language, including the following:

Other disciplines - African Studies, Development Studies, Geography (taught at King's College London), History, Law, Linguistics, Politics, Social Anthropology, South Asian Studies, South East Asian Studies, Study of Religions;

Languages - Arabic, Burmese, Chinese, Georgian, Hausa, Hebrew, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Nepali, Persian, Swahili, Thai, Turkish, Vietnamese.

It should be noted that BA Development Studies and Economics and BSc Development Economics are different and distinct courses. A BA in Development Studies and Economics is a two-subject degree, in which approximately half the courses taken would be outside economics. However, students following a BSc course in Development Economics will take the majority of their courses within the Department of Economics, and only open option course units can be taken in another department.

Two-subject degrees take three or four years depending on the subject involved. Some two-subject courses in Economics and a language (like Japanese, Chinese or Arabic) take four years, and include one or two years of language alone and an extended visit to the country concerned. Others, like Economics and History, Politics or Urdu take only three years.

As with the single-subject degree, students taking a two-subject three-year degree must take four course units each academic year, making a total of twelve units. Of these a minimum of five course units must normally be taken in each subject. A maximum of seven course units can be taken in either subject.

For some two-subject degrees it is not possible to study economics in the second year of the degree course (e.g. Economics and Chinese). In such cases, the headings Year 1, Year 2 and Year 3 below do not apply strictly and should be interpreted as a guide to progression.

Final year students may not choose ANY first year or introductory courses as an open option or an intercollegiate course.

Key Information Set Data

The information for BA, BSc, or LLB programmes refer to data taken from the single subject degrees offered at SOAS; however, due to the unique nature of our programmes many subjects have a separate set of data when they are studied alongside another discipline.  In order to get a full picture of their chosen subject(s) applicants are advised to look at both sets of information where these occur.

Combinations

May be combined with

 

+ 4-year degree with (compulsory) one year abroad
++ 3 or 4-year degree with option of one year abroad
** Taught at King’s College London

Structure

Two-subject BA degrees

The Department of Economics will introduce a new programme structure for the BA Economics and two subject from 2014/2015. Therefore please pay particular attention to information below in regard to your year of registration.


Students Registered in 2012-2013

Students who registered at SOAS as first year students for the academic session 2012/13 must follow the degree structure given in the link below:

2012/2013 BA Economics Programme Structure (with Economics appearing first in the degree title)

2012/2013 BA Economics Programme Structure (with Economics appearing second in the degree title)

Students Registered in 2013-2014

Students who registered at SOAS as first year students for the academic session 2013/14 can choose which of the two programme structures they wish to follow from their second year of studies either the 2012/2013 BA Economics Programme Structure (with Economics appearing first in the degree title) or 2012/2013 BA Economics Programme Structure (with Economics appearing second in the degree title) or the corresponding programme structure listed below.

Students Registered in 2014-2015

Students who register at SOAS from September 2015 must follow the degree structure listed below.

The two-subject degree combines economics with another discipline or language, including the following:

Other disciplines - African Studies, Development Studies, Geography (taught at King's College London), History, Law, Linguistics, Politics, Social Anthropology, South Asian Studies, South East Asian Studies, Study of Religions;

Languages - Arabic, Burmese, Chinese, Georgian, Hausa, Hebrew, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Nepali, Persian, Swahili, Thai, Turkish, Urdu, Vietnamese.

It should be noted that BA Development Studies and Economics and BSc Development Economics are different and distinct courses. A BA in Development Studies and Economics is a two-subject degree, in which approximately half the courses taken would be outside economics. However, students following a BSc course in Development Economics will take the majority of their courses within the Department of Economics, and only open option course units can be taken in another department.

Two-subject degrees take three or four years depending on the subject involved. Some two-subject courses in Economics and a language (like Japanese, Chinese or Arabic) take four years, and include one or two years of language alone and an extended visit to the country concerned. Others, like Economics and History, Politics or Urdu take only three years.

As with the single-subject degree, students taking a two-subject three-year degree must take four course units each academic year, making a total of twelve units. Of these a minimum of four course units must normally be taken in the subject named second in the degree title and a minimum of five course units in the subject named first in the degree title. A maximum of seven course units can be taken in either subject.

For some two-subject degrees it is not possible to study economics in the second year of the degree course (e.g. Economics and Chinese). In such cases, the headings Year 1, Year 2 and Year 3 below do not apply strictly and should be interpreted as a guide to progression.

Final year students may not take any first year or introductory open option or intercollegiate courses as part of their economics courses.

BA Economics (with Economics appearing First in the degree title)
Year 1
Core Courses
ONE from the following:
OR
Year 2
Core Courses
OR
AND
Students may take ONE (or two) of the following (if IQME taken in year 1)
Year 3
Optional Courses

Please note that not that all of the optional courses listed below will be available in any one academic year, depending on staff availability and student interest.

Core Courses
OR
AND
Students may take ONE (or two) of the following (if IQME taken in year 1)
BA Economics (with Economics appearing Second in the degree title)
Year 1
Core Courses
ONE from the following:
OR
Year 2
Core Courses
OR
Students may take ONE (or two) of the following (if IQME taken in year 1)
Year 3
Optional Courses

Please note that not that all of the optional courses listed below will be available in any one academic year, depending on staff availability and student interest.

Core Courses
OR
Students may take ONE (or two) of the following (if IQME taken in year 1)

Programme Specification

Teaching & Learning

Destinations

Graduates in Economics from SOAS will have developed skills in analytical thinking, have acquired statistical and computing skills, and will have a familiarity with economic principles and their application to concrete situations. SOAS graduates with a BA in Economics have gone on to apply the knowledge and skills they gained from their degree in careers such as finance, politics, consulting and international development, as well as continuing their studies in Masters programmes.  

Studying a combined honours degree gives students to blend a solid grounding in another discipline or subject area which enables them to place the knowledge they gain as part of their degree within a specific regional, cultural or disciplinary context.

Graduates pursue a range of careers, often as economists, in international organisations, banking, accountancy, industry, management consultancy and journalism. Many graduates also go on to postgraduate studies in Economics and Development Economics.

Graduates have gone on to work for a range of organisations including:

Barclays Capital
British Council
Columbia University Middle East Research Center
European Parliment
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
Guardian
HSBC Insurance Brokers
InStyle Magazine
International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI)
Jefferies International
Karnaphuli Limited
Medipeace
NGO SAFETY PROGRAMME
One Planet Picturese
PricewaterhouseCoopers
SunGard
Teach First
Yale University
Types of roles that graduates have gone on to do include:
Consultant
Business Development Representative
Analyst
Researcher
Political Assistant
Social Scientist
Editorial Intern
Director - Resource Mobilisation
Senior Vice President Emerging Markets
Group Managing Director
Trade & Investment Adviser
Associate Case Manager
Communications Fellow
Communications & Branding Consultant
Student Engagement Manager

For more information about Graduate Destinations from this department, please visit the Careers Service website.

A Student's Perspective

Along with academic excellence, the diversity of this institution makes it a remarkable place and provides us with a great cosmopolitan environment.

Mirza Saad Anjum