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:
This programme takes an integrated approach to finance and financial law, including risk management, regulation, mergers and acquisitions, initial public offerings, bond issues, and loans.
This programme focuses on management and its environment in the Middle East and North Africa, and includes high-level courses in international management and finance disciplines.
The programme aims to provide students with a conceptual understanding of the core principles of public policy and public management and with the tools to apply knowledge to solve problems in the public sector.
This programme provides students with a conceptual understanding of the core principles of public financial management, and with the development of capabilities and skills to apply theoretical and domain knowledge to problems encountered in the financial management of public sector organisations.
Students who take the MSc in Finance will develop a sound understanding of theories of finance and of the workings of financial markets, and will acquire the main analytical tools for a career in finance or further research at PhD level.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.