BSc Economics and Law
My first visit to SOAS was by chance when I was fifteen. I had been to other universities at this time, but SOAS was special. I instinctively felt I’d fit in to SOAS, if I ever decided to come here. The environment here is one that can be described as warm, friendly and close-knit. The university’s size is catered to serve a fair dose of undergraduates and postgraduates at any one time, but is not large enough to be impersonal. This is comforting, particularly in a city like London, which can be overwhelming at times, even for someone like me, who has been born and bred here.
Without a doubt, SOAS is a cosmopolitan university in a cosmopolitan city. Diversity is apparent from the largest scale, where students represent virtually all parts of the world, to the smallest scale, where students, regardless of where they are from, emerge from all walks of life.
SOAS is a unique British university, as it adopts a global view, but specialises in Asia, Africa and the Middle East: something it is very good at. This is evident in the passion and expertise of the teachers, the interests of the students and the many colourful exhibitions and cultural events regularly hosted here.
Why did I choose my degree? The economics and law degrees at SOAS are well-structured and receptive to the dynamic conditions of the world. They achieve a good balance between analytical/theoretical (eg. economics of developing countries), mathematical/statistical (eg. econometrics) and practical/applied economics (eg. banking and finance); and comparative law (English law, legal systems of Asia and Africa, Islamic Law, international law, etc).
There are so many subjects at SOAS! This means you are likely to find something that will keep you interested for the next few years. Almost any subject can be combined with another to create a joint degree. This is ideal for those who crave variety. I chose two subjects because I wanted to have more options open to me after graduation. Worst-case scenario, if one of your subjects doesn’t work out, you have something else to focus on. This means you avoid the stress of dropping out or starting all over. I know some people, at other universities, studying single/joint degrees which were ‘too restricted’, who have dropped out because they weren’t enjoying them.