SOAS University of London

Department of Economics

BA Economics and ... (two subject degree) (2020 entry)

Select year of entry: 2020 2019

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Overview

The BA Economics (two subject degree) combines economics with another discipline or language and takes 3 or 4 years depending on the subject involved. It provides you with a thorough grounding in economic principles while allowing you to create a specialist niche for yourself by studying another subject. See the 'Combinations' tab to see what it may be combined with.

Why study Economics Combined Honours at SOAS?

  • we offer the broadest portfolio of modules on economics and political economy
  • our unrivalled focus in the study of developing and emerging economies provides you with a more critical approach to economic theory
  • our academic staff are specialists within an unparalleled range of emerging and developing economies, and a broad spectrum of theory and policy debates
  • theoretical concepts and debates are expertly applied to real issues within the countries of Africa, Asia and the Middle East, as well as in the global economy and interdependencies therein
  • we are specialists in the delivery of languages. Your command of a language from SOAS will set you apart from graduates of other universities
  • choosing to study a Combined Honours programme will allow you take advantage of the expertise of one of our other departments allowing you create a specialist niche for yourself.

Programme Code: See May be Combined With

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings

Start of programme: September

Mode of Attendance: Full-time

Entry requirements

  • A minimum of Grade B (grade 6 in the new structure) at GCSE for those without A-level Maths.
A Levels:
AAA-AAB
IB:
37 (666 at HL)

View alternative entry requirements

BTEC: DDD

Access to HE: Minimum of 30 Level 3 Credits at Distinction

Scottish Highers: AAAAA

Scottish Advanced Highers: AAA

Irish LC: 360 points from 5 Higher level subjects at grade C1 or above

Advanced Placement: 4 5 5 (Two semesters - UCAS Group A) plus US HSGD with GPA 3.0

Euro Bacc: 85%

French Bacc: 15/20

German Abitur: 1.5

Italy DES: 85/100

Austria Mat: 1.5

Polish Mat: Overall 80% including 3 extended level subjects

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duration:
3 or 4 Years

Fees 2019/20

UK/EU fees:
£9,250
Overseas fees:
£17,750


Fees for 2019/20 entrants. The fees are per academic year. Please note that fees go up each year. Further details can be found in the Fees and Funding tab on this page or in the Registry Undergraduate Tuition Fees page

Convenors


Please see the Unistats data for the various combinations of this programme under the Combinations tab.

Combinations

May be combined with:

 

+ 4-year degree with (compulsory) one year abroad
++ 3 or 4-year degree with option of one year abroad

Key Information Set data

Click on a combined programme to load KIS data

Structure

Students take 120 credits composed of Core, Compulsory and Optional modules.

Core modules: These are mandatory and must be passed in the year they are taken before the student can progress to the next year.

Compulsory modules: These are mandatory but in the case of a failure, students may carry this into their next year provided that they retake and pass the failed element or exam.

Optional modules: These are designed to help students design their own intellectual journey while maintaining a strong grasp of the fundamentals.

Programme structure for students studying Economics as a second subject

The Programme Structure for students studying Economics as a second subject can be found at the bottom of the page. For students studying Economics as the first subject in the joint degree can find their programme structure below:

BA Economics and... (with Economics appearing FIRST in the degree title)

Over the course of a three-year degree, students must complete 360 credits. These can be split evenly between both subjects (180/180), or be varied between the two subjects if the programme structure gives scope for this. Students must have at least 150 credits in the first subject (with a maximum of 240 credits being possible) and 120 credits in the second subject (with a maximum of 210 credits being possible) in order to be awarded a two-subject degree. The subject in which the higher amount of credits has been passed will be named first on the final degree awarded, provided core modules are passed.

Year 1 (For students WITH A-level or equivalent in Maths)
Core Modules
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Introduction to economic analysis 153400003 30 Full Year
Quantitative methods for Economists 153400121 30 Full Year
Compulsory Modules

Year 1 Economics Students are also required the following compulsory module:

Module Code Credits Term Availability
Essay Writing Workshop - Undergraduate Economics 153400146 0 Term 1
  • Plus 60 credits from second subject
  • OR 30 credits from second subject, if possible, AND
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Comparative Growth and Development 153400102 30 Full Year
Year 2 (For students WITH A-level or equivalent in Maths)
Core Modules

Students choose one of the following core modules:

Module Code Credits Term Availability
Microeconomic Analysis 153400130 30 Full Year
Macroeconomic Analysis 153400123 30 Full Year
  • Plus choose modules from List A to the value of 30 credits
  • AND 60 credits from second subject

Year 3 (For students WITH A-level or equivalent in Maths)
Core Modules

Students choose one of the following core modules:

Module Code Credits Term Availability
Microeconomic Analysis 153400130 30 Full Year
Macroeconomic Analysis 153400123 30 Full Year
  • Plus choose modules from List B to the value of 30 credits
  • AND 60 credits from second subject

Year 1 (For students WITHOUT A-level or equivalent in Maths)
Core Modules
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Introduction to economic analysis 153400003 30 Full Year
Introduction to quantitative methods for Economists 153400120 30 Full Year
Compulsory Modules

Year 1 Economics Students are also required the following compulsory module:

Module Code Credits Term Availability
Essay Writing Workshop - Undergraduate Economics 153400146 0 Term 1
  • Plus 60 credits from second subject
  • OR 30 credits from second subject, if possible, AND
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Comparative Growth and Development 153400102 30 Full Year
Year 2 (For students WITHOUT A-level or equivalent in Maths)
Core Modules
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Quantitative methods for Economists 153400121 30 Full Year

Students choose one of the following core modules:

Module Code Credits Term Availability
Microeconomic Analysis 153400130 30 Full Year
Macroeconomic Analysis 153400123 30 Full Year
  • PLUS 60 credits from second subject
Year 3 (For students WITHOUT A-level or equivalent in Maths)
Core Modules

Students choose one of the following core modules:

Module Code Credits Term Availability
Microeconomic Analysis 153400130 30 Full Year
Macroeconomic Analysis 153400123 30 Full Year
  • Plus choose modules from List B to the value of 30 credits
  • AND 60 credits from second subject

BA Economics (with Economics appearing Second in the degree title)
Year 1 (For students WITH A-level or equivalent in Maths)
Core Modules
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Introduction to economic analysis 153400003 30 Full Year
Compulsory Modules

Year 1 Economics Students are also required the following compulsory module:

Module Code Credits Term Availability
Essay Writing Workshop - Undergraduate Economics 153400146 0 Term 1

Students choose one of the following core modules:

Module Code Credits Term Availability
Quantitative methods for Economists 153400121 30 Full Year
Comparative Growth and Development 153400102 30 Full Year
  • PLUS 60 credits from second subject
Year 1 (For students WITHOUT A-level or equivalent in Maths)
Core Modules
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Introduction to economic analysis 153400003 30 Full Year
Introduction to quantitative methods for Economists 153400120 30 Full Year
Compulsory Modules

Year 1 Economics Students are also required the following compulsory module:

Module Code Credits Term Availability
Essay Writing Workshop - Undergraduate Economics 153400146 0 Term 1
  • Plus 60 credits from second subject
  • OR 30 credits from second subject, if possible, AND
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Comparative Growth and Development 153400102 30 Full Year
Year 2 (For students WITH and WITHOUT A-level or equivalent in Maths)
Core Modules

Students choose one of the following core modules:

Module Code Credits Term Availability
Microeconomic Analysis 153400130 30 Full Year
Macroeconomic Analysis 153400123 30 Full Year
  • Plus choose modules from List A to the value of 30 credits
  • AND 60 credits from second subject

Year 3 (For students WITH and WITHOUT A-level or equivalent in Maths)
Core Modules

Students choose one of the following core modules:

Module Code Credits Term Availability
Microeconomic Analysis 153400130 30 Full Year
Macroeconomic Analysis 153400123 30 Full Year
  • Plus choose modules from List B to the value of 30 credits
  • AND 60 credits from second subject

List A
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Quantitative methods for Economists 153400121 30 Full Year
Issues in Development Economics 153400124 30 Full Year
Banking and Finance 153400100 30 Full Year
International Economics 153400106 30 Full Year
Econometrics 153400103 30 Full Year
  • Students may also choose an Open Option module(s) or intercollegiate module(s) to the value of 30 credits. Selection of this/these will be subject to approval by the programme convenor.
List B
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Issues in Development Economics 153400124 30 Full Year
Banking and Finance 153400100 30 Full Year
International Economics 153400106 30 Full Year
Quantitative methods for Economists 153400121 30 Full Year
Econometrics 153400103 30 Full Year
Gender Economics (UG) 153401001 15 Term 1 Not Running 2019/2020
Global Economic Policy 153400141 15 Term 1
China and World Development 153401003 15 Term 2
China's Economic Transformation 153401004 15 Term 1
Economic Development of Japan 153400134 15 Term 1 Not Running 2019/2020
Economic development in the Asia Pacific region 153400133 15 Term 1
History of Economic Thought and Methods 153400135 15 Term 1
The Economics of the Environment 153400136 15 Term 2
Independent study project in Economics 153400114 30 Full Year
Applied Econometrics for Cross-section Data Analyses 153400137 15 Term 2 Not Running 2019/2020
Applied Econometrics for Time-Series Data Analysis 153400138 15 Term 1 Not Running 2019/2020
Economic development of Africa: macroeconomic approaches 153400139 15 Term 2
Economic development of Africa: microeconomic approaches 153400140 15 Term 1
Political Economy of Development and Change in the Middle East 153400142 15 Term 1
Topics in the Political Economy of Contemporary Middle East 153400145 15 Term 2
Topics in the Political Economy of Contemporary South Asia 153400144 15 Term 2
Political Economy of Development and Change in South Asia 153400143 15 Term 1
Limits to Growth? 153401007 15 Term 2 Not Running 2019/2020
Economic Development of Southeast Asia 153401006 15 Term 2 Not Running 2019/2020
  • Students may also choose an Open Option module(s) or intercollegiate module(s) to the value of 30 credits. Selection of this/these will be subject to approval by the programme convenor.
Prerequisistes
In order to take.... Students should also have taken or provide evidence of equivalence to course convenors for:
Macroeconomic Analysis Introduction to Economic Analysis
Microeconomic Analysis Introduction to Economic Analysis
Issues in Economic Development Introduction to Economic Analysis and/or Comparative Growth in Asia and Africa
International Economics Introduction to Economic Analysis
Banking and Finance Introduction to Economic Analysis
The Economics of the Environment Either Macroeconomic Analysis or Microeconomic Analysis or Issues in Development Economics
Global Economic Policy Either Macroeconomic Analysis or Microeconomic Analysis or Issues in Development Economics
Gender Economics Either Macroeconomic Analysis or Microeconomic Analysis or Issues in Development Economics
The Economics of the Environment Either Macroeconomic Analysis or Microeconomic Analysis or Issues in Development Economics
Econometrics Quantitative Methods in Economics
Applied Econometrics for Time-Series Data Analysis Econometrics
Applied Econometrics for Cross-section Data Analyses Econometrics
Economic development of Africa: microeconomic approaches Either Macroeconomic Analysis or Microeconomic Analysis or Issues in Development Economics
Economic development of Africa: macroeconomic approaches Either Macroeconomic Analysis or Microeconomic Analysis or Issues in Development Economics
China's Economic Transformation Either Macroeconomic Analysis or Microeconomic Analysis or Issues in Development Economics
China and World Development Either Macroeconomic Analysis or Microeconomic Analysis or Issues in Development Economics
Political Economy of Development and Change in the Middle East Either Macroeconomic Analysis or Microeconomic Analysis or Issues in Development Economics
Topics in the Political Economy of Contemporary Middle East Either Macroeconomic Analysis or Microeconomic Analysis or Issues in Development Economics
Economic Development of Japan Either Macroeconomic Analysis or Microeconomic Analysis or Issues in Development Economics
Economic Development of Southeast Asia Either Macroeconomic Analysis or Microeconomic Analysis or Issues in Development Economics
Political Economy of Development and Change in South Asia Either Macroeconomic Analysis or Microeconomic Analysis or Issues in Development Economics
Topics in the Political Economy of Contemporary South Asia Either Macroeconomic Analysis or Microeconomic Analysis or Issues in Development Economics
History of Economic Thought and Methods Macroeconomic Analysis and/or Microeconomic Analysis
Economic Development in the Asia- Pacific Region Macroeconomic Analysis and/or Microeconomic Analysis

Programme Specification

Important notice

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 and Learning

Teaching & Learning

Our teaching and learning approach is designed to support and encourage students in their own process of self-learning, and to develop their own critical grounds of the economics discipline.

Contact Hours

All full-time undergraduate programmes consist of 120 credits per year, in modules of 30 or 15 credits. They are taught over 10 or 20 weeks. The programme structure shows which modules are compulsory and which optional.

As a rough guide, 1 credit equals approximately 10 hours of work. Most of this will be independent study (see Approaches to teaching and learning at SOAS). It will also include class time, which may include lectures, seminars and other classes. Some subjects, such as learning a language, have more class time than others. In the Department of Economics, most undergraduate modules have a two-hour lecture every week. Some, but not all, also have a one-hour seminar or tutorial every week.

More information is on the page for each module.

Modules

Teaching combines innovative use of audio-visual materials, practical exercises, group discussions and conventional lecturing. Modules are taught through a combination of lectures and tutorials, usually a two-hour lecture and an one-hour tutorial weekly. Tutorials are sessions in which students are expected to take lead in discussions and/or present reports or presentations or solve problem sets and applied exercises in quantitative modules. Assessment of most modules is through a combination of written examination and course works.

The Independent Study Project (ISP)

In their final year, students have the opportunity to take an Independent Study Project. Its aim is to provide an opportunity for students to conduct original and independent research on their own initiative, to engage in in-depth analysis of particular subjects and to use a range of economics sources. It too involves no formal classes and is assessed by a single 10,000-word dissertation (including notes but excluding bibliography). For more information on eligibility criteria and how to apply for an ISP, see our guidelines/ independent study project page.

Learning Resources

SOAS Library is one of the world's most important academic libraries for the study of Africa, Asia and the Middle East, attracting scholars from all over the world. The Library houses over 1.2 million volumes, together with significant archival holdings, special collections and a growing network of electronic resources.

Fees and funding

Tuition Fees

Full details of undergraduate tuition fees can be found on the Registry's Undergraduate Tuition Fees page.

Fees for 2019/20 entrants. The fees below are per academic year. Please note that fees go up each year. 

Programme Full-Time
UK/EU
Students
Overseas
Students
BA, BSc, LLB £9,250 £17,750
BA/BSc Language Year Abroad £1,385 £8,875
Scholarships
Undergraduate Research Awards

Application Deadline: 2019-04-30 00:00

Undergraduate SOAS Global Leadership Scholarship

Application Deadline: 2019-01-31 00:00

For further details and information on external scholarships visit the Scholarships section

Employment

An undergraduate degree in Economics from SOAS will give you a solid grounding in economic principles and their application to concrete situations.

Skills gained include:

  • expertise in key economics and political economy theories from a pluralist stance, appreciating both orthodox and heterodox views
  • expertise in the emerging economies of Africa, Asia and the Middle East
  • the ability to think laterally, to take a global perspective, and employ critical reasoning
  • statistical and computing skills
  • analytical skills
  • communication and presentation skills
  • choosing to study a joint degree programme will increase the breadth of your knowledge allowing you to develop a specialist niche for yourself

Graduates from the Department have pursued a variety of successful careers, often with Asian or African links, in international organisations, business and industry, banking, accountancy, journalism, consultancy, teaching and higher education. Many have gone on to read for postgraduate degrees either in the Department’s own thriving masters’ and research degree programmes or elsewhere.

Find out more about Economics Graduate Destinations.

Graduates have gone on to work for a range of organisations including:

  • BBC World Service
  • Bloomberg LP
  • Capital Economics
  • Deloitte
  • Goldman Sachs
  • Grant Thornton
  • Myers Clark Chartered Accountants
  • PWC
  • Standard Chartered Bank

Types of roles that graduates have gone on to do include:

  • Assistant Economist
  • Equity Derivative Worker
  • Financial Analyst
  • Freelance Broadcast Journalist
  • Graduate Tax Trainee
  • Policy Data Manager
  • Monitoring Analyst
  • Risk Consultant
  • Sustainability Consultant
  • Trainee Chartered Accountant

A Student's Perspective

Along with academic excellence, the diversity of this institution makes it a remarkable place and provides us with a great cosmopolitan environment.

Mirza Saad Anjum

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