Finance and Management Postgraduate Degrees

SOAS is a UK leader in the field of finance and management studies.

Our research combines specialist knowledge of financial systems in Africa, Asia and the Middle East with more conventional international analysis of Europe and the Americas. Our reputation is rooted in a long tradition of management research dating from Edith Penrose’s pioneering work in the 1950s on the theory of the growth of the firm, the operations of large international corporations, oil economies, patents, innovation and economic development, to our present day focus on key topics in international finance and management.

Explore our postgraduate options below:

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What’s it like to study MA Finance and Management at SOAS

This programme aims to balance theoretical analysis with practical application to develop a critical and questioning approach to the conceptual underpinnings of accounting and finance.

The programme is designed to provide a career entry opportunity for full-time students as well as a career development opportunity for accountants,
auditors, practising managers, business consultants and finance experts.

This programme is accredited by CIMA – Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, making you eligible for the CIMA Master’s Gateway – a fast track route for masters in accounting students where you enter CIMA at the Management Case Study bypassing 11 exams.  Find out more about this entry route here.

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The programme aims to introduce students to as wide a diversity of
perspectives, cutting-edge ideas, and techniques
in financial management as possible to enhance
graduate career prospects as ethical individuals
highly-informed through an interactive educational
experience.

The programme will also offer an international perspective to gain deeper
understanding and skills in the field of financial
management, reflecting closely a highly globalized
and integrated real-world business environment.

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From the debate in grand challenges of international business to
the formulation of global corporate strategy
to attain the Sustainable Development Goals,
students will learn and analyse how firms need
to address the most prominent challenges that
global business face nowadays and take actions.

Through interactive teaching and learning, students are
expected to develop their critical perspectives
on the changing dynamics of multinational firms
and small businesses, and firm relationship with the external environment.

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Successful firms and organisations of the future
require managers who can understand and
manage international opportunities and challenges
in an integrated yet culturally diverse business environment.

This programme prepares students
to meet these challenges and develop careers in
marketing, purchasing, sales and media related jobs
throughout the world. It is aimed at students who
wish to acquire the necessary skills and knowledge
for marketing in a global context.

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This programme provides a comprehensive knowledge set of theories on public policy, public management and public financial management.

Students will develop a clear understanding of the major contemporary issues across the globe, and refine the skills needed to analyse, assess and explain salient topics in public policy, public management and public financial management.

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This programme focuses on management and
its environment in China and includes high level
modules in international management
and finance disciplines. It draws upon China
experts and management specialists within
the University and from positions within
commerce, finance and government.

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This programme focuses on management and
its environment in Japan and includes high level
courses in international management
and finance disciplines. It draws upon Japan
experts and management specialists within the
University and from positions within London based
commerce, finance and government.

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This programme focuses on management and its
environment in the Middle East and North Africa,
and includes high-level modules in international
management and economics disciplines. It also
draws upon regional experts and management
specialists within the University and from the
worlds of commerce, finance and government.

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Designed for postgraduates wanting to enter the banking sector and professionals already working in financial or neighbourhood sectors looking to gain competitive advantages deepening their knowledge in financial management, particularly in core banking activities.

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This programme is principally for postgraduates working on economic policy in government, central banks, other public organisations, international institutions and consultancy.

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Designed to advance a career in management within banks and other financial firms, this programme enables you to deepen your understanding of the principles, applications, and context underlying decision making in financial sector management.

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Has been created principally for postgraduates whose work in banks and other financial institutions requires a knowledge of statistical (particularly econometric) and quantitative approaches to risk and derivatives.

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Students will study the interplay between global and local factors that influence management decisions in business.

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These programmes offer both technical education and critical and comparative material about how the public sector and public sector finance is managed across the world.

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This programme will provide you with skills and knowledge in the field of public finance. It ranges across all applications, whether in budgeting, revenue policy, financial reporting and audit, compliance or where financial matters take a central position in policy, such as in public-private partnerships or fiscal decentralisation.

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We concentrate on topics in fields which are actively being researched by faculty members. Currently the five principal areas are: corporate governance, finance, law, public policy and management, and regulation (in developed and developing countries) and sustainable development and agribusiness

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Our research in action

Our faculty members have a strong commitment to academic research and publication. Our research interests, publications, and expertise are wide-ranging and lie within five main areas:

  • Corporate governance: finance, law, and regulation (in developed and developing countries)
  • Corporate finance: determinants of firms’ capital structure
  • Finance and economic growth
  • Financial regulation, central banking and bank supervision
  • Management in China; Management in Japan; and Management in the Middle East and North Africa

Recently we examined whether migration reduced household vulnerability to poverty for a panel of households from the Kagera region over the period 2004-2010.

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