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Department of Economics

BSc Economics

Programme Code: L100 BSc/E Duration: 3 Years


2016 Entry Requirements

  • A Levels: AAA-AAB
  • IB: 37 (666 at HL)
  • 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: A minimum of Grade B at GCSE for those without A-Level Maths

Subjects Preferred: No

Our undergraduate programmes in Economics provide the training in microeconomics, macroeconomics and quantitative methods that will enable you to pursue a successful career in an economics-related profession or to go on to postgraduate work in any branch of economics. However, the SOAS Economics Department is distinctive in offering a much more critical approach to economic theory than is on offer at most other UK universities. We are also distinctive in offering a broad portfolio of courses on development economics and poor countries.

Taken in conjunction with language options or as part of a two-subject degree (see BA Economics and...), these courses enable our students to graduate with a real insight into the economic problems faced by developing countries in Asia, the Middle East and sub-Saharan Africa. In addition, we have a cluster of staff who specialise in the field of finance, and who will be happy to pass on their understanding of the causes and consequences of the current global financial crisis. While the undergraduate degrees guide students towards courses that build on each other, the structure is flexible and allows for as much individual choice as is compatible with academic coherence.


Single-subject degree: BSc Economics

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 and quantitative techniques 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 economic theory and econometrics/quantitative methods. They also choose an optional course from available options or 1 ‘open option’ from another department or 1 intercollegiate course taken at from another university in London and in an economics course not taught at SOAS.

Year 3:  Students, take one core course in econometrics (if not already taken in year 2) and 3 optional courses from the available options. Students who have already taken econometrics in year 2, take 4 optional courses from the available options, one of which can be replaced by an open option course in another SOAS department or by an intercollegiate course
Students may take no more than two regional development courses in their final year. Final year students may not choose ANY first year courses as an open option or intercollegiate course.

Year 1
Core Courses
One Open Option


Year 2
Core Courses
AND any ONE of the following
One open option OR Intercollegiate course


Year 3
Core Courses
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.

One open option OR Intercollegiate course

Programme Specification


Teaching & Learning


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 BSc in Economics have gone on to apply the knowledge and skills they gained from their degree in careers such as banking, consulting and international development, as well as continuing their studies in the MSc programmes in Economics.

The programmes in economics 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:

Community Development Finance Institutions
Central Bank UAE
Climate Change Capital
Financial Times
France Telecom/Orange Labs Tokyo
General Electric
Government Economic Service
Grant Thornton UK LLP
Haymarket Media Group
HSBC Bank Middle East
Lloyds Banking Group
National Audit Office
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
Shanghai Toppan Advertising Co., Ltd.
South African Government
Standard Chartered Bank
The Boston Consulting Group
The World Bank
Thomson Reuters
United Nations
Types of roles that graduates have gone on to do include:
Head of Marketing & Business Development
Senior Research Assistant
Head of UK & EU Policy
Technology & Risk Consultant
Senior Associate in Oil & Gas Advisory
Director, Strategic Planning
Business Analyst, Continental Europe Finance
Associate Chartered Accountant
Translator & Coordinator
Manager, PPI Insight & Reporting
Financial & Operational Risk Associate
Equities Trader
Communications Officer, News Bureau Chief
Senior Producer
Equity Analyst
Vice President, Internal Audit
Political Affairs Officer
Legal Counsel

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

A Student's Perspective

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Mirza Saad Anjum