SOAS University of London

Department of Economics

BSc Economics

3 Years

Fees 2018/19

UK/EU fees:
Overseas fees:

Fees for 2018/19 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

2018 Entry requirements

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

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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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Programme Code: L100 BSc/E

Start of programme: September

Mode of Attendance: Full-time

The Department of Economics is one of the country's leading departments specialising in political economy and heterodox approaches to economics as well as in the economics of development. Research and teaching is pursued on a variety of topics and is unique in its depth and range of regional and specialised 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.  BSc Economics at SOAS University of London will provide you with 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. Moreover, the SOAS Economics Department is distinctive in offering a pluralist and critical approach to economic theory, policy and real applications.

Why study Economics 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
  • 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

Apply now via UCAS or visit our upcoming Open Day.

Find out more about how to apply.

Visit our Economics department page to find out more.


Key Information Set Data


Students take 120 credits per year composed of core and optional modules, which allows for students to participate in their own intellectual journey while maintaining a strong grasp of the fundamentals and ensuring academic coherence.

Year 1
Core Modules
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Introduction to economic analysis 153400003 30 Full Year
Comparative Growth in Asia and Africa 153400102 30 Full Year
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Introduction to quantitative methods for Economists 153400120 30 Full Year
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Quantitative methods for Economists 153400121 30 Full Year
One Open Option


Year 2
Core Modules
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Macroeconomic Analysis 153400123 30 Full Year
Microeconomic Analysis 153400130 30 Full Year
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Econometrics 153400103 30 Full Year
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Quantitative methods for Economists 153400121 30 Full Year
AND any ONE of the following
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Banking and Finance 153400100 30 Full Year
International Economics 153400106 30 Full Year
Issues in Development Economics 153400124 30 Full Year
One open option OR Intercollegiate course


Year 3
Core Modules
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Econometrics 153400103 30 Full Year
AND any THREE/FOUR of the following
Regional Development Optional Modules: of which a minimum of 30 credits should be from the list of regional development modules. Students may take no more than a maximum of 90 credits of such 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 Credits Term Availability
Banking and Finance 153400100 30 Full Year
China's Economic Transformation 153401004 15 Term 1
China and World Development 153401003 15 Term 2
International Economics 153400106 30 Full Year
Applied Econometrics 153400119 30 Full Year Not Running 2018/2019
Economic development of Africa 153400101 30 Full Year
Issues in Development Economics 153400124 30 Full Year
Economic development in the Asia Pacific region 153400133 15 Term 1
Economic development in the Asia-Pacific Region II 153401002 15 Term 2
Economic Development of Japan 153400134 15 Term 1
Economic development of South Asia 153400011 30 Full Year
Economic development of the modern Middle East 153400031 30 Full Year
Gender Economics (UG) 153401001 15 Term 1
Global Economic Policy 153400125 30 Full Year Not Running 2018/2019
History of Economic Thought and Methods 153400135 15 Term 1
Independent study project in Economics 153400114 30 Full Year
Principles of Marxist Political Economy 153401005 15 Term 2
The Economics of the Environment 153400136 15 Term 2
One open option OR Intercollegiate course

Programme Specification


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.


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 2018/19 entrants. The fees below are per academic year. Please note that fees go up each year. 

Programme Full-Time
BA, BSc, LLB £9,250 £16,907
BA/BSc Language Year Abroad £1,385 £8,454
Undergraduate Research Awards

Application Deadline: 2018-04-30 00:00

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


An undergraduate degree in Economics from SOAS will give you 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. 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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