Study Economics

Welcome to the Department of Economics. We are a leading centre for economics research. We offer a pluralist and applied approach to the study of economics to our students. Our goal is to ensure that all our students graduate with an excellent understanding of mainstream economic theory.

We encourage our students to develop a proper understanding of the limitations of mainstream theory. In so doing, we place great emphasis on introducing our students to the history of economics as a discipline and, importantly, to some of the alternative, ‘heterodox’ approaches to economic analysis, including Marxist, feminist, Keynesian, and Schumpeterian perspectives.

At the same time, the work of the department is fundamentally concerned with the application of economics to real world issues and reflecting real policy concerns. As such, students are encouraged to develop a deep understanding of particular countries and issues, based on concrete analysis of history, institutions, and political economy. This reflects a shared view within the department that economics should be rigorous, reflective and, fundamentally, useful.

Our undergraduate programmes provide the training in microeconomics, macroeconomics and quantitative methods that will enable you to pursue a successful career in an economics-related profession.

Undergraduate Degrees

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Graduate Destinations

Students leave SOAS with the ability to think critically and with well-honed skills in analysis – and this, coupled with the strong sense of social justice our students are well known for – is why SOASians go on to pursue careers that make a real difference.

Examples are given from the past two years destinations.

  • British Embassy
  • Ministry of National Defence
  • United Nations
  • Merrill Lynch
  • Danish Energy Management
  • Bloomberg
  • Financial Times
  • The World Bank
  • KPMG
  • South African Government
  • Standard Chartered Bank
  • The Boston Consulting Group

Class of 2016: Six months after completing their studies

In work 51%
In study 36%
Other 13%

SOAS alumni around the world

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