SOAS University of London

Department of Economics

MSc Economics with reference to Environment and Development

One calendar year (full-time) Two or Three years (part-time, daytime only). We recommend that part-time students have between two and a half and three days free in the week to pursue their ccourse of study.

Fees 2016/17

UK/EU fees:
Overseas fees:

This is a Band 3 fee. 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 Postgraduate Tuition Fees page

2016 Entry requirements

  • Minimum Entry Requirements: Minimum upper second class honours degree (or equivalent) in Economics. Applicants without a first degree in Economics may be admitted to the Diploma in Economics in the fi rst instance. Satisfactory completion of the Diploma, at a level acceptable to the School, may allow students to take the MSc in the following year. For details see All students must complete and pass the Preliminary Mathematics and Statistics course which is taught over three weeks in August/September before the start of the MSc

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Start of programme: September intake only

Mode of Attendance: Full-time

This programme combines environmental concerns with development economics and political economy. It draws on the specific strengths of SOAS, namely expertise in development economics, multi-disciplinary environmental focus, and area specialisations in Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

The MSc in Economics with reference to Environment and Development provides a unique specialisation in one of the most rapidly developing areas of economics. The effects of development on the environment and access to resources is one of the most challenging fields that has grown over the past four decades and is now one of the key areas of study. At SOAS, we understand the environment in a broad sense and the scope of courses offered includes various areas such as natural resources, agriculture, economic development, finance, and regionally - specialised courses.

All students are required to complete the compulsory preliminary course in Mathematics and Statistics (including Computing) to begin studying on this programme. This course is taught over a three week period from the beginning of September covering mathematics, statistics and computing. For further information about this course including a timetable please see here: Preliminary maths and Statistics Course



The MSc Environment and Development is taught within a structured programme rather than being obtained mainly by research and dissertation. It consists of eight course modules delivered through lectures, classes, and tutorials and an 8,000-word dissertation. The degree is awarded on the basis of course work, examinations written in May/June, and a dissertation which is submitted in September.
The following is a complete list of courses in the programme, not all of which are offered in any single year. To see a list of courses being offered please visit the relevant departmental website or contact the Faculty office. Please note that some courses may be taught in other departments of the School.

Core Courses
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Economics of environment and development 15PECC048 0.4 Unit Term 2
Macroeconomics 15PECC005 0.4 Unit Term 2
Microeconomics 15PECC006 0.4 Unit Term 1
Political Economy of Agriculture and Food 15PECC049 0.4 Unit Term 1
Quantitative methods I 15PECC008 0.4 Unit Term 1
Quantitative methods II 15PECC045 0.4 Unit Term 2
Dissertation for MSc Economics programmes 15PECC998 0.8 Unit Full Year
And Two from the Following:
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
African economies 1: applied microeconomic analysis 15PECC024 0.4 Unit Term 1
African economies 2: applied macroeconomic analysis 15PECC025 0.4 Unit Term 2
Applied economics of the Middle East 1 15PECC028 0.4 Unit Term 1
Applied economics of the Middle East 2 15PECC029 0.4 Unit Term 2
Capital markets, derivatives & corporate finance 15PECC011 0.4 Unit Term 1
Economic development of the Asia Pacific region 1 15PECC030 0.4 Unit Term 1
Economic development of the Asia Pacific region 2 15PECC031 0.4 Unit Term 2
Economic development of South Asia a) the macroeconomy 15PECC026 0.4 Unit Term 1
Economic development of South Asia b) major sectors & the internationa 15PECC027 0.4 Unit Term 2
Financial systems and economic development 15PECC036 0.4 Unit Term 1
Growth & development 15PECC007 0.4 Unit Term 1
History of Economic Analysis 15PECH006 0.4 Unit Term 1
International Trade and Investment 15PECC018 0.4 Unit Term 1
International Finance 15PECC019 0.4 Unit Term 2
Marxist political economy and world development 15PECC047 0.4 Unit Term 2
Political economy of institutions 15PECC020 0.4 Unit Term 2
Quantitative Methods III 15PECC051 0.4 Unit Term 2
Theory of financial institutions & policy 15PECC021 0.4 Unit Term 2

Programme Specification


Teaching and Learning

Teaching & Learning

The MSc includes eight taught modules plus a preliminary course in Mathematics and Statistics and an 8,000-word dissertation.
The courses are taught in seminar groups and lectures. The degrees are awarded on the basis of assessed coursework, examinations and the dissertation.
The MSc degrees are taught over a period of twelve months of full-time study within a structured programme. In the case of part-time study, the degrees will be taught over two or three years. Four modules are studied each year, with the dissertation normally being completed in the second year.
Most courses involve a 50-minute lecture as a key component with linked tutorial classes.
At Masters level there is particular emphasis on seminar work. Students make full-scale presentations and are expected to write papers that often require significant independent work.
Students are required to complete an 8,000-word dissertation in applied economics.
Learning Resources
SOAS Library
SOAS Library is one of the world's most important academic libraries for the study of Africa, Asia and the Middle East, attracting scholars from all over the world. The Library houses over 1.2 million volumes, together with significant archival holdings, special collections and a growing network of electronic resources.
Pre Entry Reading
Preliminary Mathematics and Statistics Course
Our MSc programmes attract students with a wide range of backgrounds including many who have worked for a few years before coming to SOAS. Our popular quantitative courses are designed to be accessible to all of our students including those with a relatively small quantitative component in their first degree. Our well-received quantitative courses focus on applying basic methods used in empirical research. They equip students to carry out their own high quality empirical work and critically evaluate research, with relatively little emphasis on advanced econometric theory and mathematical proofs.
Our quantitative methods teaching begins with a three-week preliminary course in mathematics, statistics and computing. The objective of the course is to review the basic quantitative skills assumed once formal teaching commences. This course is compulsory.

Fees and funding

Tuition Fees

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

This is a Band 3 tuition fee.

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

Full-timePart-time 2 YearsPart-time 3 Years
£10,470 £17,895 £5,235 £8,948 £3,490 £5,965
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Application Deadline: 2016-02-24 17:00

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Application Deadline: 2016-02-22 17:00

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Application Deadline: 2016-02-24 17:00

For further details and information on external scholarships visit the Scholarships section


A postgraduate degree in Economics with reference to Environment and Development from SOAS equips students with a range of important skills to continue in the field of research as well as a portfolio of widely transferable employability skills valued by a wide range of employers.  These include numeracy, analytical thinking and general skills such as organisation and effective communication skills.  Graduates of this programme will develop a specialised understanding of the environmental and development concerns.  In addition the study of Economics gives students particular problem solving skills including: abstraction, analysis, quantification, strategic thinking and adaptability.

Postgraduate students from the SOAS MSc in Economics with reference to Environment and Development have followed successful careers in both academic work and also in international banking and financial analysis, in
national governments in many parts of the world, in international development agencies and in a range of non-government organisations.  A postgraduate degree is a valuable experience that provides students with a
body of work and a diverse range of skills that they can use to market themselves with when they graduate.

Graduates of Masters programmes in the Department of Economics at SOAS have followed successful careers in international banking and finance, in national governments in many parts of the world, in international development agencies and in a range of non-governmental organisations. Graduates have been very successful in gaining highly competitive Overseas Development Institute (ODI) fellowships which have allowed them to work in government agencies in countries ranging from Mozambique to Papua New Guinea.

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

A Student's Perspective

I chose to study at SOAS because of the interesting course options that cover pertinent topics other leading institutions are yet to cover.

Mariam Iqbal


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