SOAS University of London

Department of Economics

MSc Economics (2022 entry)

Select year of entry: 2022 2021

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Overview

Overview and entry requirements

The MSc Economics equips you with the specialist knowledge that is necessary to answer key questions.

How will climate change affect economic policies in the Global North and the Global South? What is the future of fiscal policy and central banking? What are the economic effects of income and wealth inequality? What drives economic and financial crises? How does shadow banking affect financial stability? What is the role of game theory in economics? What are the gendered effects of recessions?

The programme provides unique training in both mainstream and heterodox theories and methods. It allows you to develop quantitative and qualitative skills and to apply these to a variety of contemporary economic issues.

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Why study MSc Economics at SOAS

  • we are 12th in UK for course satisfaction Guardian League Tables 2021 and 5th in London Complete University Guide 2021
  • it provides rigorous training in both mainstream and heterodox economics
  • it makes explicit links between economic theories and the real world, using pluralist and political economy perspectives
  • it provides economic knowledge for specific regions, drawing on the rich regional expertise of SOAS
  • contemporary topics (like environmental policies and the gendered effects of monetary and fiscal policies) are incorporated in the core modules of the programme; they are not just taught in optional modules

Career paths

The SOAS MSc in Economics and the critical approach to economics that it provides is a gateway to various job opportunities in private companies, the government sector and international organisations. The advanced nature of the programme also serves as an excellent foundation for PhD studies.

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Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings

Start of programme: September

Mode of Attendance: Full-time or Part-time

Entry requirements

  • We will consider all applications with a 2:2 (or international equivalent) or higher in Economics. In addition to degree classification we take into account other elements of the application such as supporting statement. References are optional, but can help build a stronger application if you fall below the 2:2 requirement or have non-traditional qualifications.

    Please see our 'postgraduate entry requirements' page for Overseas and EU qualifications and equivalencies.

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duration:
One calendar year (full-time); two years (part-time, daytime only); three years (part-time, daytime only).

Fees 2021/22

UK fees:
£12,720
Overseas fees:
£21,750

Fees for 2021/22 entrants. This is a Band 4 fee. 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 Postgraduate Tuition Fees page

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Structure

Structure

Msc Economics consists of eight taught modules, each worth 15 credits.  In addition, an MSc dissertation focusing on general economic theory, policy and or/the history of economic analysis accounts for 60 credits.

Core Modules
Module Code Credits Term
Dissertation for MSc Economics 15PECC998 60 Full Year
Compulsory Modules
Module Code Credits Term
Macroeconomics 15PECC005 15 Term 1
Microeconomics 15PECC006 15 Term 1
Advanced Microeconomics 15PECH021 15 Term 2
Advanced Macroeconomics 15PECH022 15 Term 2
Econometrics 15PECC008 15 Term 1
Advanced Macroeconometrics 15PECC045 15 Term 2
Essay Writing Workshop - Postgraduate Economics 15PECH031 0 Term 1
Alternative pathway for students with a strong background in Econometrics

For students with a strong background in Econometrics, an alternative combination of modules is available; students take the same modules as above, except for 15PECC008 Econometrics. This will allow these students to take both Advanced Macroeconometrics and Advanced Microeconometrics, without having to complete Econometrics

Guided Options

All students will take optional modules to the value of 30 credits from the list of modules below. Students with a strong background in Econometrics have the option of not taking Econometrics (Term 1 module) and taking instead optional modules to the value of 45 credits. 

List of Modules (subject to availability)

Module Code Credits Term
Advanced Microeconometrics 15PECC051 15 Term 2
Sustainable Finance (Online) 15PECH035 15 Term 2
Economic development of Africa (PG) 15PECH034 15 Term 2
Green Finance 15PECH030 15 Term 2
Limits to Growth? (PG) 15PECH029 15 Term 2
Global Production and Industrial Policy 15PECH027 15 Term 1
Economic Development of Japan 15PECH025 15 Term 1
China's Economic Transformation 15PECH024 15 Term 1
China and World Development 15PECH023 15 Term 2
History of Economic Analysis 15PECH006 15 Term 1
Global Economic Policy Analysis 15PECC063 15 Term 2
Political Economy of Agriculture and Food 15PECC049 15 Term 2
Economics of Environment and Development 15PECC048 15 Term 2
Research Methods 15PECC040 15 Term 1
Financial Systems and Economic Development 15PECC036 15 Term 1
Economic development in the Asia Pacific region 15PECC030 15 Term 2
Topics in the Political Economy of Contemporary Middle East 15PECC029 15 Term 2
Political Economy of Development and Change in the Middle East 15PECC028 15 Term 1
Topics in the Political Economy of Contemporary South Asia 15PECC027 15 Term 2
Political Economy of Development and Change in South Asia 15PECC026 15 Term 1
Political Economy of Institutions 15PECC020 15 Term 1
International Finance 15PECC019 15 Term 1
International Trade and Investment 15PECC018 15 Term 2
Growth and Development 15PECC007 15 Term 2
Gender Economics (PG) 15PECH026 15 Term 1

 

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

The MSc Economics consists of six core modules and two optional modules, each worth 15 credits. Four of the core modules cover microeconomic and macroeconomic theories, while the other two core modules give training in econometrics.  In additions, an MSc dissertation focusing on general economic theory, policy and/or the history of economic analysis accounts for 60 credits.

The modules are taught in seminar groups and lectures. The degrees is awarded on the basis of assessed coursework, examinations and the dissertation.

Full or part time study

The MSc is taught over a period of twelve months of full-time study withing a structured programme. In case of part-time study, the degree will be taught over two or three years. 

For a two year study, four modules are studied each year, with the dissertation normally being completed in the second year, while the number of modules taken is decided in consultation with the programme convenor for a three year study.

Contact hours

All Masters programmes consist of 180 credits, made up of taught modules of 30 or 15 credits, taught over 10 or 20 weeks, and a dissertation of 60 credits. 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, including reading and research, preparing coursework, revising for examinations and so on. 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 postgraduate modules have a two hour lecture and a one hour seminar every week, but this does vary.

More information is on the page for each module.

Lectures

Most courses involve a 2-hour lecture as a key component with linked seminar or tutorial classes.

Seminars

At Masters level there is particular emphasis on seminar work. Students make full-scale presentations and are expected to write papers that often require significant independent work. 

Dissertation

Students are required to complete an 10,000-word dissertation focusing on economic theory, policy and/or the history of economic analysis.

Pre Entry Reading

Preliminary Mathematics and Statistics Module

Our quantitative methods teaching begins with a three-week preliminary module in mathematics, statistics and computing. The objective of the module is to ensure the basic quantitative skills assumed once formal teaching commence. This module is compulsory. Further details please visit the Preliminary Mathematics and Statistics page.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Fees for 2021/22 entrants, per academic year (Band 4 tuition fee)

Full-time Part-time 2 Years Part-time 3 Years
UK
Students
Overseas
Students
UK
Students
Overseas
Students
UK
Students
Overseas
Students
12,720 21,750 £6,360 £10,875 £4,240 £7,250

Fees go up each year, therefore, your tuition fee in your second and subsequent years of study will be higher.

Our continuing students, on the same degree programme, are protected from annual increases higher than 5%.

Full details of postgraduate tuition fees can be found on the Registry's postgraduate tuition fees page.

Scholarships
Felix Non- Indian Scholarship

Application Deadline: 2021-01-29 00:00

Felix Scholarships

Application Deadline: 2021-02-15 00:00

International Postgraduate Scholarship – East Asia

Application Deadline: 2022-05-31 00:00

International Postgraduate Scholarship – Europe

Application Deadline: 2021-05-31 00:00

International Postgraduate Scholarship – India

Application Deadline: 2021-05-31 00:00

International Postgraduate Scholarship – Pakistan

Application Deadline: 2022-05-31 00:00

International Postgraduate Scholarship – The Americas

Application Deadline: 2022-05-31 00:00

SOAS Master's Scholarships

Application Deadline: 2022-04-30 00:00

Tibawi Trust Award

Application Deadline: 2021-06-04 00:00

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

Employment

Employment 

Economics graduates leave SOAS with a solid grounding in statistical skills and an ability to think laterally, take a global perspective, and employ critical reasoning.

Recent graduates from the Department of Economics have been hired by:

  • Deloitte
  • NHS England
  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office
  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
  • HSBC
  • National Institute of Public Finance and Policy, New Delhi
  • University of Bayreuth
  • HM Treasury
  • Department for International Development
  • PwC
  • UNDP
  • King’s Investment Fund
  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office
  • The World Bank
  • EY
  • British Chamber of Commerce

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