SOAS University of London

Department of Economics

BSc Development Economics

duration:
3 years

Fees 2016/17

UK/EU fees:
£9,000
Overseas fees:
£16,250


The fees are per academic year. Please note that fees go up each year. Further details can be found in the Fees and Funding tab on this page or in the Registry Undergraduate Tuition Fees page

2016 Entry requirements

  • Plus a minimum of Grade B at GCSE for those without A-level Maths.
  • Subjects Preferred: No
  • Interview Policy: Candidates with ‘non-standard’ qualifications maybe invited
A Levels:
AAA-AAB
including GCSE Maths B
IB:
37 (6/6/6)

View alternative entry requirements

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

Featured events

  • Overview
  • Structure
  • Teaching and Learning
  • Fees and funding
  • Employment
  • Apply

Overview

Programme Code: L170 BSc/DE

The distinctiveness of the BSc Development Economics degree at SOAS is its application of relevant theoretical concepts to real issues in the countries of Africa, Asia and the Middle East. Students develop expertise in essential conceptual apparatus of economics, including the necessary statistical and econometrical tools, and gain a firm understanding of the basic theoretical and analytical issues.

BSc Development Economics is a 3-year single subject degree. It provides a thorough grounding in economic theory and analysis, with an emphasis on the economics of developing countries. Whilst introductory units in Economics are followed in Year 1, students in Years 2 and 3 take more specialised courses dealing with economic theory and economic development as well as courses focusing on specific regions in Asia, Africa and the Middle East. No preliminary knowledge of the subject or of any region is required.

It should be noted that BSc Development Economics is separate from BA Economics and Development Studies. The Development Studies/ Economics combination is a two-subject degree course in which half the courses taken may be outside the Economics department. Students wishing to do BSc Development Economics, however, will take the majority of their courses within the Department of Economics, with ‘open options’ in other departments (i.e. courses in subjects and languages other than those named in the student’s chosen degree title).

Convenors

Key Information Set Data

Structure

Students take 4 units per year, completing a total of 12 units in 3 years. They have some flexibility in constructing their own programme of study. 
 
Year 1: Students take 3 introductory units in economic theory, quantitative techniques and economic development along with 1 ‘open option’ (i.e. a course at SOAS in a subject or language other than those named in the student’s chosen degree title). 


Year 2: Students take 3 core units in development economics and economics. They also choose 1 optional course from available options, an open option or an intercollegiate course (taken at other universities in London in a economics course not offered at SOAS).


Year 3: Students who have not taken Quantitative Methods for Economists in their years 1 or 2 have to take this course as a core unit in year 3, in addition to three optional courses from the available options. An open option or an intercollegiate course may be taken. Students who have already passed Quantitative Methods for Economists take four optional courses from the available options, one of which may be replaced by either an open option or an intercollegiate course.

In their final year students must take at least two regional development courses in the Economics Department and may take no more than a maximum of three such courses. 

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

 

Single-subject degree: BSc Development Economics

 

Year 1
Core Courses
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Comparative Growth in Asia and Africa 153400102 1 Unit Full Year
Introduction to economic analysis 153400003 1 Unit Full Year
AND depending on mathematics background EITHER:
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Introduction to quantitative methods for Economists 153400120 1 Unit Full Year
OR
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Quantitative methods for Economists 153400121 1 Unit Full Year
AND
One Open Option

.

Year 2
Core Courses
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Macroeconomic Analysis 153400123 1 Unit Full Year
Microeconomic Analysis 153400130 1 Unit Full Year
Issues in Development Economics 153400124 1 Unit Full Year
ONE from the following:
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Banking and Finance 153400100 1 Unit Full Year
Econometrics 153400103 1 Unit Full Year
International Economics 153400106 1 Unit Full Year
Quantitative methods for Economists 153400121 1 Unit Full Year

Or One Open Option OR Intercollegiate course

.

Year 3
Core Courses
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Quantitative methods for Economists 153400121 1 Unit Full Year
AND any THREE/FOUR of the following
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.

ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Banking and Finance 153400100 1 Unit Full Year
International Economics 153400106 1 Unit Full Year
Applied Econometrics 153400119 1 Unit Full Year
Econometrics 153400103 1 Unit Full Year
Economic development of Africa 153400101 1 Unit Full Year
Economic Development in the Asia-Pacific Region I 153400133 0.5 Unit Term 1
Economic development in the Asia-Pacific Region II 153401002 0.5 Unit Term 2
Economic Development of Japan 153400134 0.5 Unit Term 2
Economic development of modern China 153400025 1 Unit Full Year
Economic development of South Asia 153400011 1 Unit Full Year
Economic development of the modern Middle East 153400031 1 Unit Full Year
Gender Economics 153401001 0.5 Unit Term 1
Global Economic Policy 153400125 1 Unit Full Year
History of Economic Thought and Methods 153400135 0.5 Unit Term 1
Independent study project in Economics 153400114 1 Unit Full Year
Issues in Development Economics 153400124 1 Unit Full Year
The Economics of the Environment 153400136 0.5 Unit Term 2

Or One Open Option OR Intercollegiate course

Programme Specification

Disclaimer

Teaching and Learning

Fees and funding

Tuition Fees

Full details of undergraduate tuition fees can be found on the Registry's Undergraduate Tuition Fees page.

The fees below are per academic year. Please note that fees go up each year. 

ProgrammeFull-Time
UK/EU
Students
Overseas
Students
BA, BSc, LLB £9,000 £16,250
BA/BSc Language Year Abroad £1,350 £8,125

Employment

An undergraduate degree in Development Economics from SOAS gives students a solid grounding in analytical thinking, statistical and computing skills and knowledge of economic principles and their application to concrete situations. Skills gained from a Development Economics BSc include analytical skills, the ability to think laterally and employ critical reasoning, and knowing how to present materials and ideas effectively both orally and in writing.

The economics programmes at SOAS are designed to teach students sufficient economics either to obtain employment as professional economists or to go on to postgraduate work in any branch of economics. Graduates from the Department have pursued a variety of successful careers, often with Asian or African links, in international organisations, business and industry, banking, accountancy, journalism, consultancy, teaching and higher education. Many have gone on to read for postgraduate degrees either in the Department’s own thriving masters’ and research degree programmes or elsewhere.

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

Aparat Media
BDEW (Association of German Utilities)
British Embassy
Coutts & Co
Credit Suisse
Danish Energy Management
Deloitte
J&T IB and Capital Markets
Marubeni Corporation
Merrill Lynch
Ministry of National Defence
New Zealand Trade and Enterprise
Oxford Policy Management
Press TV - News Anew
Royal Bank of Scotland
Standard Chartered Bank
UK Ministry of Justice
United Nations
Versatile Trading Ltd.
War on Want
Types of roles that graduates have gone on to do include:
Head of Energy Trading
Political Assistant
Private Banker
Senior Analyst
Indonesia Team Leader
Head of Special Projects
Investment Banking Analyst
Business Development Manager
Consultant
Freelance Journalist/Producer
Regional Finance Manager
Financial Officer and Accountant
Assistant Economist
International Programmes Officer
Program Coordinator

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

Apply

Find out more

  • Contact us
    By phone:
    +44 (0)20 7898 4700
    By email:
    study@soas.ac.uk
  • Got a question?

    If you still have questions about this programme or studying at SOAS get in touch.

    Ask a question

  • Apply

    Undergraduate course applications should be made through UCAS.

    Start your application