SOAS University of London

Department of Economics

MSc Economics (2021 entry)

Select year of entry: 2021 2020

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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.

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 2: ii (or international equivalent) or higher in Economics. In addition to degree classification we take into account other elements of the application including supporting statement and references. All students must complete the Preliminary Mathematics and Statistics module which is taught over three weeks in August/September.

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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 six core modules and two optional 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.

Dissertation

Module Code Credits Term
Dissertation for MSc Economics 15PECC998 60 Full Year

Taught Component

Core Modules

All students will take the following core 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
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Module Code Credits Term
Essay Writing Workshop - Postgraduate Economics 15PECH031 0 Term 1
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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 core module) and taking instead optional modules to the value of 45 credits. 

List of Modules (subject to availability)

Module Code Credits Term
Political Economy of Development and Change in the Middle East 15PECC028 15 Term 1
China and World Development 15PECH023 15 Term 2
Economic development in the Asia Pacific region 15PECC030 15 Term 2
Economics of Environment and Development 15PECC048 15 Term 2
Financial Systems and Economic Development 15PECC036 15 Term 1
Gender Economics (PG) 15PECH026 15 Term 1
Global Economic Policy Analysis 15PECC063 15 Term 2
Green Finance 15PECH030 15 Term 2
Growth and Development 15PECC007 15 Term 2
International Finance 15PECC019 15 Term 1
Political Economy of Institutions 15PECC020 15 Term 1
Economic development of Africa (PG) 15PECH034 15 Term 2
Research Methods 15PECC040 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

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

This is a Band 4 tuition fee.

Fees for 2021/22 entrants. The fees below are per academic year. Fees go up each year, therefore, your tuition fee in your second & subsequent years of study will be higher. Our continuing students, on the same degree programme, are protected from annual increases higher than 5%.

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12,720 21,750 £6,360 £10,875 £4,240 £7,250

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: 2021-05-31 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: 2021-05-31 00:00

SOAS Master's Scholarships

Application Deadline: 2021-04-30 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 

Graduates of Masters programmes in the Department of Economic at SOAS have followed successful careers in international banking and finance, in national governments in many parts of the world, in international development agencies and in a range of non-governmental organisations. The MSc Economics provides rigorous foundations for students to go on to undertake research in economics at the PhD level.

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Careers

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

  • African Development Bank
  • Cabinet of the Deputy Prime Minister
  • Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR
  • Department For Communities And Local Government
  • Department for International Development
  • Department of Foreign Affairs
  • Emerging Markets Direct
  • European Commission
  • Federation of the Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry
  • Ghana Education Service
  • Government of Pakistan
  • HM Treasury
  • Institute for Social and Economic Studies (IESE)
  • International Climate Change Economics
  • Ministry of East African Community Affairs
  • National Bank of Bahrain
  • Overseas Development Institute
  • Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia
  • The National Economics University
  • UNICEF
  • United Nations Development Programme
  • World Bank

Roles 

Types of positions SOAS Economics graduates have gained include:

  • Barrister
  • Development Economist
  • Broadcast Journalist
  • Fair Trade Producer Support Manager
  • Latin America Country Risk Analyst
  • Economic Adviser
  • Senior Policy Officer
  • Deputy Commissioner
  • Research Fellow
  • Advocacy Officer
  • Consultant - Development Sector Practice
  • Senior Policy Economist
  • ODI Fellow
  • Research Officer
  • Communications and Knowledge Management Specialist
  • Operations Manager
  • Web Writer & Founder

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