SOAS University of London

Department of Economics

Postgraduate Destinations and Employability

Our postgraduate programmes, students and alumnae/i are the heart and soul of SOAS Economics. Students join us from across the globe, with a variety of academic and personal backgrounds. They  leave as SOAS economists, ready to take on jobs as economists and researchers, consultants and policy-advisors. The disciplinary core of Economics and our rigorous approach to teaching this underpins our programmes. This  makes our graduates particularly successful in finding employment as economists and development economists. Furthermore,  the regional, real-world and globally relevant learning experience at SOAS will set you apart from other Economics Masters graduates. 

You will develop in-depth knowledge of the economies of the Global South and combine this with expertise in Political Economy, Institutional and Feminist Economics and/or the Economics of the Climate Emergency and an understanding of Financialisation processes. These regional and thematic interests will be sharpened through your dissertation where you will work closely with your academic supervisor on a pressing global challenge or research question. For some of our graduates the dissertation ignites a thirst for further study and we are delighted that our PhD programme attracts quite a few of our Masters graduates. If you want to find out more about the possibility of studying for a PhD, take a look here. But academia is just one route our Masters graduates take. Many of our students go on to take up prestigious ODI fellowships or take on jobs across public and private sectors, national and international institutions. 

We work closely with the SOAS careers service to put on tailored career events throughout the academic year and initiatives such as SOAS Connect, that include an e-mentoring platform are just some of the ways we will support you in navigating the next steps. 

Here are some recent SOAS alumni and their current roles: 

Shreya Pillai, MSc Development Economics (2019), Economist, PWC, UK. 

Busi Sibeko, MSc Political Economy of Development (2018), Researcher and Economist, Institute for Economic Justice (IEJ), South Africa

Guido Maschhaupt, Msc Development Economics (2016), Evaluation Adviser, UK Dept for International Development, Malawi & Zimbabwe.

Denise Stolt, Msc Development Economics (2018), Junior Professional Officer, World Bank, US. 

Zachary Leather, MSc Economics (2019), Assistant Economist - Carbon budgets analysis at Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), UK

Here are some initiatives led by our wonderful postgraduate students and alumni that might interest you: 

Find out about the SOAS Feminist Economics Network, set up by a group of SOAS Economics students and alumnae/i. 

Read some recent blog posts from current and former SOAS Economics postgraduate students. For example a piece on the End Sars protest in Nigeria by Ehireme Alexis Uddin who recently completed a MSc in Economics and Taibat Hussain who recently completed a MSc in Development Economics. Or another recent blog entry by Marie Meyle, who has just completed an MSc in International Finance and Development, and who has written on the Covid-Crash conundrum.   

And here are some well-known alumni of the SOAS Department of Economics:

  • Oldemiro Júlio Marques Balói (MSc 1994), Minister of Foreign Affairs of Mozambique (since 2018)
  • Luísa Dias Diogo (MSc 1992), Prime Minister of Mozambique (2004 - 2010) and Minister of Planning and Finance (2000 - 2005)
  • Lesetja Kganyago (MSc 1994), Governor of the South African Reserve Bank (since 2014)
  • Leslie W. Maasdorp (MSc 1992), Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of the New Development Bank (since 2015)
  • Lia Quartappelle (MSc 2005), Member of the Italian Parliament (since 2013) and Secretary of the Foreign and European Affairs Commission
  • Samir Radwan (MSc 1967, PhD 1973), Minister of Finance of Egypt (2011) in the first post Mubarak Government
  • Atiur Rahman (PhD 1977), 10th Governor of Bangladesh Bank (2009 - 2016)
  • Ibrahim Saif (MSc, PhD), Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources of Jordan (since 2015), former Minister of Planning & International Cooperation
  • Maria Graciela Ramos Bucad (MSc 1992), Chief Executive of Barclays Africa Group and Member of the Executive Committee of Barclays (since 2011) and former Director-General of the National Treasury of South Africa
  • Husam Zomlot (PhD 2008), Ambassodor-at-large for the Palestinian Goverment and Co-fournder and Co-ordinator of the Palestine Strategy Group at the Oxford Research Group
  • Olympia Stylianou (MSc), Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Development and Environment, Republic of Cyprus (since 2014)