SOAS University of London

Department of Economics

BSc Economics

duration:
3 Years

Fees 2017/18

UK/EU fees:
£9,250
Overseas fees:
£16,575


Fees for 2017/18 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

2017 Entry requirements

  • A minimum of Grade B at GCSE for those without A-Level Maths
  • Subjects Preferred: No
A Levels:
AAA-AAB
IB:
37 (666 at HL)

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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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Overview

Programme Code: L100 BSc/E

Mode of Attendance: Full-time

Our undergraduate programmes in Economics provide the training in microeconomics, macroeconomics and quantitative methods that will enable you to pursue a successful career in an economics-related profession or to go on to postgraduate work in any branch of economics. However, the SOAS Economics Department is distinctive in offering a much more critical approach to economic theory than is on offer at most other UK universities. We are also distinctive in offering a broad portfolio of courses on development economics and poor countries.

Taken in conjunction with language options or as part of a two-subject degree (see BA Economics and...), these courses enable our students to graduate with a real insight into the economic problems faced by developing countries in Asia, the Middle East and sub-Saharan Africa. In addition, we have a cluster of staff who specialise in the field of finance, and who will be happy to pass on their understanding of the causes and consequences of the current global financial crisis. While the undergraduate degrees guide students towards courses that build on each other, the structure is flexible and allows for as much individual choice as is compatible with academic coherence.

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Structure

Single-subject degree: BSc Economics

Students take 4 units per year, completing a total of 12 units in 3 years. They have some flexibility in constructing their own programme of study.

Year 1: Students take 3 introductory units in economic theory and quantitative techniques along with 1 ‘open option’ (i.e. a course at SOAS in a subject or language other than those named in the student’s chosen degree title).

Year 2: Students take 3 core units in economic theory and econometrics/quantitative methods. They also choose an optional course from available options or 1 ‘open option’ from another department or 1 intercollegiate course taken at from another university in London and in an economics course not taught at SOAS.

Year 3:  Students, take one core course in econometrics (if not already taken in year 2) and 3 optional courses from the available options. Students who have already taken econometrics in year 2, take 4 optional courses from the available options, one of which can be replaced by an open option course in another SOAS department or by an intercollegiate course
Students may take no more than two regional development courses in their final year.

Final year students may not choose ANY first year courses as an open option or intercollegiate course.

Please find a list of the Open Options available here: UG Open Options

Year 1
Core Modules
Module Code Unit value Term Availability
Introduction to economic analysis 153400003 1 UnitFull Year
Comparative Growth in Asia and Africa 153400102 1 UnitFull Year
AND
Module Code Unit value Term Availability
Introduction to quantitative methods for Economists 153400120 1 UnitFull Year
OR
Module Code Unit value Term Availability
Quantitative methods for Economists 153400121 1 UnitFull Year
AND
One Open Option

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Year 2
Core Modules
Module Code Unit value Term Availability
Macroeconomic Analysis 153400123 1 UnitFull Year
Microeconomic Analysis 153400130 1 UnitFull Year
AND
Module Code Unit value Term Availability
Econometrics 153400103 1 UnitFull Year
OR
Module Code Unit value Term Availability
Quantitative methods for Economists 153400121 1 UnitFull Year
AND any ONE of the following
Module Code Unit value Term Availability
Banking and Finance 153400100 1 UnitFull Year
International Economics 153400106 1 UnitFull Year
Issues in Development Economics 153400124 1 UnitFull Year
One open option OR Intercollegiate course

.

Year 3
Core Modules
Module Code Unit value Term Availability
Econometrics 153400103 1 UnitFull Year
AND any THREE/FOUR of the following
Optional Modules

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.

Module Code Unit value Term Availability
Banking and Finance 153400100 1 UnitFull Year
China's Economic Transformation 153401004 0.5 UnitsTerm 1
China and World Development 153401003 0.5 UnitsTerm 2
International Economics 153400106 1 UnitFull Year
Applied Econometrics 153400119 1 UnitFull Year
Economic development of Africa 153400101 1 UnitFull Year
Issues in Development Economics 153400124 1 UnitFull Year
Economic Development in the Asia-Pacific Region I 153400133 0.5 UnitsTerm 1
Economic development in the Asia-Pacific Region II 153401002 0.5 UnitsTerm 2
Economic Development of Japan 153400134 0.5 UnitsTerm 2
Economic development of South Asia 153400011 1 UnitFull Year
Economic development of the modern Middle East 153400031 1 UnitFull Year
Gender Economics 153401001 0.5 UnitsTerm 1
Global Economic Policy 153400125 1 UnitFull Year
History of Economic Thought and Methods 153400135 0.5 UnitsTerm 1
Independent study project in Economics 153400114 1 UnitFull Year
Principles of Marxist Political Economy 153401005 0.5 UnitsTerm 2
The Economics of the Environment 153400136 0.5 UnitsTerm 2
One open option OR Intercollegiate course

Programme Specification

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Teaching and Learning

Fees and funding

Tuition Fees

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

Fees for 2017/18 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 £16,575
BA/BSc Language Year Abroad £1,350 £8,288
Scholarships
Undergraduate Research Awards

Application Deadline: 2017-04-17 17:00

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

Employment

Graduates in Economics from SOAS will have developed skills in analytical thinking, have acquired statistical and computing skills, and will have a familiarity with economic principles and their application to concrete situations.  SOAS graduates with a BSc in Economics have gone on to apply the knowledge and skills they gained from their degree in careers such as banking, consulting and international development, as well as continuing their studies in the MSc programmes in Economics.

The programmes in economics are designed to teach students sufficient economics either to obtain employment as professional economists or to go on to postgraduate work in any branch of economics. 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.

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

Bloomberg
Community Development Finance Institutions
Central Bank UAE
Citigroup
Climate Change Capital
Financial Times
France Telecom/Orange Labs Tokyo
General Electric
Government Economic Service
Grant Thornton UK LLP
Haymarket Media Group
HSBC Bank Middle East
KPMG
Lloyds Banking Group
National Audit Office
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
Shanghai Toppan Advertising Co., Ltd.
South African Government
Standard Chartered Bank
The Boston Consulting Group
The World Bank
Thomson Reuters
United Nations
Types of roles that graduates have gone on to do include:
Head of Marketing & Business Development
Senior Research Assistant
Head of UK & EU Policy
Adviser
Technology & Risk Consultant
Senior Associate in Oil & Gas Advisory
Director, Strategic Planning
Teacher
Business Analyst, Continental Europe Finance
Associate Chartered Accountant
Translator & Coordinator
Manager, PPI Insight & Reporting
Financial & Operational Risk Associate
Equities Trader
Reporter
Communications Officer, News Bureau Chief
Senior Producer
Equity Analyst
Vice President, Internal Audit
Political Affairs Officer
Legal Counsel

For more information about Graduate Destinations from this department, please visit the Careers Service website.

A Student's Perspective

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