Overview and entry requirements
Our MSc Finance (Economic Policy) programme is principally for postgraduates working on economic policy in government, central banks, other public organisations, international institutions and consultancy.
It will increase your understanding of the principles, applications, and context underlying economic policy, focusing on the financial aspects of policy making.
In addition, students who take the MSc in Finance will acquire a sound understanding of theories in finance and of the workings of financial markets, for a career in finance or for further research at the PhD level.
Students will also become acquainted with the main issues and methods in Macroeconomic Policy, Microeconomic Policy, International Finance, and Banking and Capital Markets. The programme will present Finance and Economic Policy as scientific disciplines with a rigorous methodology, but at the same time will describe the way financial markets and institutions actually work in a variety of contexts.
Our teaching offers you exceptional insights into financial institutions and markets in London and other major cities in the world. In addition, we offer specialist knowledge of financial and management systems in the emerging markets of Africa, Asia and the Middle East – something that will set you apart from graduates of other universities that normally focus on the analysis of Europe and the Americas.
You will develop an excellent understanding of key issues shaping international business strategy in a global financial environment.
See School of Finance and Management
Why study MSc Finance (Economic Policy) at SOAS
Learn from world-class financial experts
- we are 5th in UK for graduate employability (Guardian League Tables 2021)
- we have the Centre for Global Finance (CGF), a world-leading research centre in finance, which hosts cutting-edge research projects that involve students and a global network of experts in generating innovative solution to real-time challenges
Obtain real-world skills in the global financial hub – London
- you will be equipped with strong quantitative and analytical skills to undertake professional tasks such as: financial analysis, risk management, investment appraisal and portfolio allocation
- SOAS is in close proximity to the City of London, a leading financial centre in the world with 75% of the top global companies based in the city, 100% of leading financial institutions represented, and 200 + foreign banks
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Study Economic Policy by Online Learning at SOAS University of London
To find out more about this programme, including module details, please visit the MSc Finance (Economic Policy) section of the Centre for Financial and Management Studies website.
Start of programme: October / January / April / June
Mode of Attendance: Distance Learning
- 2–5 years
You will study six modules: four core modules and two elective modules selected from the lists below.
If you wish to complete the Dissertation you must study Research Methods.
- Banking and Capital Markets
- International Finance
- Macroeconomic Policy and Financial Markets
- Microeconomic Principles and Policy
- Public Financial Management: Revenue
- The IMF and Economic Policy
- Bank Financial Management
- Bank Regulation and Resolution of Banking Crises
- Corporate Finance
- Corporate Governance
- Econometric Analysis and Applications
- Econometric Principles and Data Analysis
- Financial Econometrics
- Modelling Firms and Markets
- Project Appraisal
- Research Methods
- Risk Management: Principles and Applications
Find out more
To find out more about this programme, including module details, fees and entry requirements, please visit the MSc Finance (Economic Policy) section of the Centre for Financial and Management Studies website.
The information on the programme page reflects the intended programme structure against the given academic session. If you are a current student you can find structure information on the previous year link at the top of the page or through your Department. Please read the important notice regarding changes to programmes and modules.
Teaching & Learning
The MSc is made up of six modules. Each module is studied in one for four 10-week sessions. You can only take one module at a time, but each module is typically available in at least two of the year's study sessions. This gives you the flexibility to plan how you study during the year, enabling you to fit your study in with your professional, family and personal commitments.
Online academic tutor
You will be individually assigned an online academic tutor for the duration of each module with whom you can discuss academic queries at regular intervals during the study session. You will also have a named administrator providing you with help and advice throughout your studies.
For each module, students will be provided with access to all necessary materials from a range of appropriate sources.
Virtual Learning Environment
To make your experience as a distance learning student more complete and rewarding, we provide access to the Virtual Learning Environment, which is a web-accessed learning environment. Via the VLE, you can communicate with your assigned academic tutor, administrators and other students on the module using discussion forums.
The VLE also provides access to the module Study Guide and assignments, as well as a selection of electronic journals available on the University of London Online Library.
For each module, you will sit a three-hour examination, held on a specified date in September/October, and complete two assignments during the module study session. Assignments are submitted and feedback given online. Examinations and assignments are weighted 70:30.
Pay as you learn
Our distance learning programmes can be paid in full at the time of enrolment or on a pay as you learn basis. Pay as you learn means you only pay for the module you are enrolling on.
If you have been a resident in England for 3 years you may be eligible. Learn more
See our list of postgraduate scholarships
Alternatively, we recommend students approach their local British Council, British High Commission or British Embassy, for information on local funding.
Dependent on nationality, employment circumstances and other factors, funding and sponsorship sources can include:
- United Nations (UNESCO, FAO, UNDP, UNEP etc)
- Bilateral Aid Agencies (SIDA, GTZ, etc)
- European Union
- British Council
- UK Department for International Development / Foreign & Commonwealth Office
- Educational and other charitable trusts
For further details and information on external scholarships visit the Scholarships section
Graduates from the Centre for Financial and Management Studies (CeFiMS) will leave SOAS with advanced skills in communication, analysis, problem solving, and technical proficiencies required in the finance sector.
Our programmes are respected by employers all over the world, who value graduates’ knowledge and understanding of how the finance sector is tackling the major challenges facing global business.
Recent CeFiMS graduates have been hired by:
- Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ
- Ernst & Young
- Euro Monitor International
- Financial Times
- HM Treasury
- Huaxia Bank, China
- International Rescue Committee
- JP Morgan, Chase & Co
- Publicis Media
- University of Oxford
- Western Securities Co. Ltd
- White & Case LLP
- World Food Programme
A Student's Perspective
The programme has been truly rewarding and has certainly developed my expertise and enhanced my potential
How to Apply
Apply now using our online application form. For more information about the application procedure and deadlines, and the supporting documentation required, please visit the admissions section of the Centre for Financial and Management Studies website.