Department of Economics

Overview

SOAS Economics offers real-world Economics teaching, grounded in a global perspective and concrete knowledge of the economies of the Global South, especially Africa, Asia and the Middle East, as well as expertise on Europe and Latin America.

Our programmes reflect the Department’s leading role in political economy and development economics, focusing on the challenges that economies are currently facing, including the cost of living crisis, climate justice, gender, race, and other socio-economic inequalities. Our research drives scholarship and policy in the UK and internationally.

At SOAS Economics, undergraduate students can benefit from a tailored and hands-on learning in economic theories and methods, developing analytical, writing and employability skills. Students are supported through individualised academic advising and peer-mentorship. They can also spend a summer studying in Singapore and have the chance to take a placement module in their final year.

Postgraduate students also enhance practical skills in advanced economic theories and research methods, including R coding. They interact closely with experts in their field, preparing them for a career as economists in international development policy-making, consulting and commercial and academic research.

Join our intimate, supportive department and you will also enjoy a suite of extracurricular activities, from an exciting seminar series, thematic working groups, mentoring and networking opportunities with our global alumni network, not to mention our Cakeconomics social events.

Meet the academics.

Our Head of Department says...

The SOAS Economics Department has a long-standing record of promoting political economy and development economics, along a set of themes including institutions and governance; money and finance; nutrition and health; informal economies; international financial institutions; feminist political economy and ecological macroeconomics. And it does so through regional and decolonising lens unique to SOAS. At SOAS Economics, you will be challenged to think differently, to develop practical skills necessary for an economist to navigate today’s complex world, and to deploy economic theory and evidence to understand the big questions of our times. There is no better time to become a SOAS economist!

Facts and figures

12th in UK

Guardian League Tables 2021

8th in the UK for student satisfaction with teaching

Guardian League Tables 2022

Why choose SOAS for Economics?

Our research

The SOAS Department of Economics' strengths are recognised internationally and, as a consequence, it has received large amounts of funding for its research activities.