Programme Code: L100 BSc/E Duration: 3 Years
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: 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.
The Department's three undergraduate courses in quantitative methods encompass basic computing skills and the use of computers for specific numerical tasks. Basic statistical and mathematical applications are taught using Excel spreadsheets, while more advanced statistical applications are taught using Stata software. The Department recognises the importance of interactive computer-aided learning packages.
Single-subject degree: BSc Economics
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.
2013/2014 BSc Economics Programme Structure
Students who registered at SOAS as first year students for the academic session 2013/14 can choose which of the two below programme structures they wish to follow from their second year of studies.
Students who registered from September 2015 must follow the degree structure listed below.
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 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 from another university within 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.
153400003 Introduction to Economic Analysis
153400102 Comparative Growth in Asia and Africa
AND depending on mathematics background EITHER: core units:
153400120 Introduction to Quantitative methods for Economists (for those without A level mathematics or equivalent)
153400121 Quantitative Methods for Economists (for those with A level mathematics grade A or B or equivalent)
An open option from another department at SOAS. Please contact the relevant departments for information about available courses.
AND depending on mathematical background EITHER:
• (for those who took 153400103 Econometrics in the first year)
• 153400121 Quantitative Methods for Economists
AND any ONE of the following:
(TBC) Issues in Development in Economics
153400100 Banking and Finance in Economic Development
(TBC) International Economics
ONE open option OR intercollegiate course
• 153400103 Econometrics (for those who did not take this course in year 2)
AND any THREE/FOUR of the following
(TBC) Issues in Economic Development (if not taken in year 2)
Banking and Finance (if not taken in year 2)
(TBC) International Economics (if not taken in year 2)
(TBC) Advanced Mathematical Methods
(TBC) Environmental Economics
(TBC) Global Economic Policy
(TBC) Labour Economics
(TBC) Gender Economics
• 153400119 Applied Econometrics
• 153400101 Economic Development of Africa
• 153400011 Economic Development of South Asia
• 153400012 Economic Development of South-East Asia
• 153400013 Economic Development of Japan since 1868
• 153400025 Economic Development of Modern China
• 153400031 Economic Development of the modern Middle East
• 153400114 Independent Study Project in Economics
Please note that note that all of the above optional courses will be available in any one academic year, depending on staff availability and student interest.
Final year students may not choose ANY first year courses as an open option.
• Programme Specification 2014/2015 (pdf; 169kb)
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
France Telecom/Orange Labs Tokyo
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
|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
Communications Officer, News Bureau Chief
Vice President, Internal Audit
Political Affairs Officer
For more information about Graduate Destinations from this department, please visit the Careers Service website.
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