Programme Code: L170 BSc/DE
Start of programme: September
Mode of Attendance: Full-time
The Department of Economics is one of the country's leading departments specialising in the economics of growth and development as well as in political economy and heterodox approaches to Economics. Research and teaching is pursued on a variety of topics and is unique in its depth and range of regional and specialising coverage, including topics from contemporary banking and finance, the economics of the environment, gender economics, global economic theory, as well as the economic development of a variety of regions from Japan to the Middle East. Studying BSc Development Economics will provide you with a thorough grounding in economic theory, analysis and policy, while studying the economics of a wide range of developing and emerging countries.
Why study Development Economics at SOAS?
- 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
- you will be able to flexibly structure your programme using our Open Options modules to take advantage of the expertise of our other departments, including the opportunity to learn a language
- we are specialists in the delivery of languages. Your command of a language from SOAS will set you apart from graduates of other universities
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Students take 120 credits per year composed of core and optional modules, which allows for students to participate at their own intellectual journey while maintaining a strong grasp of the fundamentals, and ensuring academic coherence.
You will take most of your modules within the Department of Economics, however Open Options from other departments are also available. After the introductory modules in Year 1, you will then advance into more specialised modules in Years 2 and 3 that dive deeper into economic theory, specific regions in Asia, Africa and the Middle East, and specialised fields.
It should be noted that BSc Development Economics is separate from BA Economics and Development Studies. The Development Studies/ Economics combination is a two-subject degree course in which half the courses taken may be outside the Economics department.
No preliminary knowledge of the subject or of any region is required.
AND depending on mathematics background EITHER:
One Open Option
ONE from the following:
Or One Open Option OR Intercollegiate course
AND any THREE/FOUR of the following
Please note that not that all of the optional modules listed below will be available in any one academic year, depending on staff availability and student interest.
Or One Open Option OR Intercollegiate course
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.
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.
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.
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.
Full details of undergraduate tuition fees can be found on the Registry's Undergraduate Tuition Fees page.
Fees for 2018/19 entrants. The fees below are per academic year. Please note that fees go up each year.
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Application Deadline: 2018-04-30 00:00
For further details and information on external scholarships visit the Scholarships section
An undergraduate degree in Development Economics from SOAS gives students a solid grounding in analytical and critical thinking, statistical and computing skills and knowledge of 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
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.
Alternatively, many others 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
- Goldman Sachs
- Grant Thornton
- Myers Clark Chartered Accountants
- 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
There were several reasons for selecting SOAS; the great reputation of the University of London academic programmes; the flexibility of the learning approach; and the global focus of the case studies used in each module.