MSc Finance and Development
Duration: One calendar year (full-time) Two (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 course of study.
Minimum Entry Requirements: At least upper second class or equivalent in Economics OR a joint degree containing Economics PLUS work experience in financial markets and development.
Start of programme: September intake only
Who is this programme for?: This programme is designed for economists and financiers who are interested in exploring the relationship between national and international financial policies and practices and their impact on economic development. Anyone working, or wishing to work, for international organisations and/or in financial institutions with an interest in economic development would gain much from this programme.
The programme includes 8 modules in macroeconomics, microeconomics, quantitative methods, international finance, corporate finance, derivatives and capital markets and financial systems in the context of economic development. Students will also complete a 10,000-word dissertation.
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
All courses are compulsory:
- Microeconomics - 15PECC006 (0.4 Unit) - Term 1
- Capital markets, derivatives & corporate finance - 15PECC011 (0.4 Unit) - Term 1
- Financial systems and economic development - 15PECC036 (0.4 Unit) - Term 1
- Quantitative methods I - 15PECC008 (0.4 Unit) - Term 1
- Dissertation for MSc Economics programmes - 15PECC998 (0.8 Unit) - Full Year
- Macroeconomics - 15PECC005 (0.4 Unit) - Term 2
- International economics 2 - 15PECC019 (0.4 Unit) - Term 2
- Quantitative methods II - 15PECC045 (0.4 Unit) - Term 2
- Theory of financial institutions & policy - 15PECC021 (0.4 Unit) - Term 2
Teaching & Learning
Teaching & LearningThe 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 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.
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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. Click here for further details.
A postgraduate degree in Finance 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 will develop their regional expertise and understanding of issues of development and the international financial market. 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 Finance 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.
For more information about Graduate Destinations from this department, please visit the Careers Service website.
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Application Deadline: 2015-03-20 17:00
Application Deadline: 2015-02-27 17:00
Application Deadline: 2013-03-22 17:00
Application Deadline: 2015-05-01 17:00
A Student's Perspective
Tamara Bah, American University, Washington
Before I came to SOAS, I knew that my grade would depend on either one or two large assignments and I was apprehensive about that—almost scared, however I am glad as I got to learn a lot about myself as a student. I became more independent academically and got to see what I can really accomplished without teachers “coddling” me along the way. Extremely refreshing!