SOAS University of London

Department of Economics

MSc International 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.

Fees 2017/18

UK/EU fees:
£10,995
Overseas fees:
£18,790

Fees for 2017/18 entrants. 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

2017 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.

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Overview

Start of programme: September intake only

Mode of Attendance: Full Time or Part Time

Who is this programme for?: This progamme replaces the MSc Finance and Development Programme and will start September 2017/18 This programme combines political economy of international finance with development economics. It is unique in Britain and draws on the specific strengths of SOAS, namely in development economics, political economy and area specialisation. It also draws on the international reputations of SOAS specifically in the political economy of finance.

Students take five core modules in Macroeconomics, Statistical Research Techniques, Financial Systems and Economic Development, International Finance, Theory of Financial Institutions and Policy. They are given the choice of three options and they have to write an 8,000 word dissertation on an approved topic relating to finance and development.

All students are required to complete the compulsory preliminary course in Mathematics and Statistics (including Computing) prior to commencing this programme. This course is taught over a three week period from the beginning of September, for further information on this course please here: Preliminary maths and Statistics Course

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Structure

Students registered for this MSc must take all the core courses listed below. The only possible exception is that students who have already an adequate maths and stats background may drop the Statistical Research Techniques module and take instead Quantitative Methods I and Quantitative Methods II (both have to be taken) and Quantitative Methods III, but this requires the written permission of the course convenors for Quantitative Methods I, Quantitative Methods II and Quantitative Methods III.

All courses are compulsory:
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Financial systems and economic development 15PECC036 0.4 Unit Term 1
Dissertation for MSc Economics programmes 15PECC998 0.8 Unit Full Year
Macroeconomics 15PECC005 0.4 Unit Term 2
International Finance 15PECC019 0.4 Unit Term 2
Theory of financial institutions & policy 15PECC021 0.4 Unit Term 2
Statistical Research Techniques 15PECC039 0.4 Unit Term 2 - (this module is only available to students taking this degree)
AND THREE Modules from the following:
Optional Modules
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Growth & development 15PECC007 0.4 Unit Term 1
International Trade and Investment 15PECC018 0.4 Unit Term 1
Political economy of institutions 15PECC020 0.4 Unit Term 2
Quantitative methods I 15PECC008 0.4 Unit Term 1
Quantitative methods II 15PECC045 0.4 Unit Term 2
Quantitative Methods III 15PECC051 0.4 Unit Term 2
Regional Modules

Please note students can take two regional modules, but not from the same region.

ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Economics of environment and development 15PECC048 0.4 Unit Term 2
Political Economy of Agriculture and Food 15PECC049 0.4 Unit Term 2
Marxist political economy and world development 15PECC047 0.4 Unit Term 2
History of Economic Analysis 15PECH006 0.4 Unit Term 1
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
Applied economics of the Middle East 1 15PECC028 0.4 Unit Term 2
Applied economics of the Middle East 2 15PECC029 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
African economies 1: applied microeconomic analysis 15PECC024 0.4 Unit Term 1
African economies 2: applied macroeconomic analysis 15PECC025 0.4 Unit Term 2

Programme Specification

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Teaching and Learning

Teaching & Learning

The MSc includes five core modules in Macroeconomics, Statistical Research Techniques, Financial Systems and Economic Development, International Finance, Theory of Financial Institutions and Policy. Students are given the choice of three options and they are required to write an 8,000 word dissertation on an approved topic relating to finance and development

The modules 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.

Lectures

Most modules involve a 2-hour lecture as a key component with linked seminar or tutorial classes.

Seminars

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.

Dissertation

Students are required to complete an 8,000-word dissertation on an approved topic relating to finance and development.

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. Visit the Preliminary mathematics and statistics page for further details.

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.

Fees for 2017/18 entrants. The fees below are per academic year. Please note that fees go up each year. 

Full-timePart-time 2 YearsPart-time 3 Years
UK/EU
Students
Overseas
Students
UK/EU
Students
Overseas
Students
UK/EU
Students
Overseas
Students
£10,995 £18,790 £5,498 £9,395 £3,665 £6,263
Scholarships
Felix Non- Indian Scholarship

Application Deadline: 2017-01-31 00:00

Felix Scholarships

Application Deadline: 2017-01-31 00:00

John Loiello AFSOAS FISH Scholarship

Application Deadline: 2017-02-22 17:00

Sasakawa Postgraduate Studentship

Application Deadline: 2017-02-22 17:00

The Prospect Burma Scholarship

Application Deadline: 2017-02-22 17:00

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

Employment

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.

Graduates are expected to follow successful careers in the private sector, in national policy making in developing countries, in international development agencies and in a range of non-governmental organisations. Continuing a SOAS tradition, they are also expected to be successful in gaining highly competitive Overseas Development Institute (ODI) fellowships.

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

A Student's Perspective

I felt most proud when, being at SOAS, I gained more knowledge about the development issues and growth of my country Pakistan than I had back at home.

Samra Hasan

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