SOAS University of London

Department of Economics

MSc Economics (2018 entry)

Select year of entry: 2019 2018

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

Fees 2018/19

UK/EU fees:
£11,545
Overseas fees:
£19,730

Fees for 2018/19 entrants. This is a Band 3 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

Entry requirements

  • Minimum upper second class honours degree (or equivalent degree or work experience) in Economics. Applicants without a first degree in Economics may be admitted to the Diploma in Economics in the first instance. Satisfactory completion of the Diploma, at a level acceptable to the School, will allow students to take the MSc in the following year. All students must complete the Preliminary Mathematics and Statistics module which is taught over three weeks in August/September.

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Overview

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings

Start of programme: September

Mode of Attendance: Full-time or Part-time

This programme is distinctive in its commitment to provide training in both mainstream economics and heterodox alternative theories and methods, quantitative skills, and application to a variety of contemporary topics and global economic issues. This reflects one of our key institutional roles in leading the debates in political economy and pluralistic economics. It also places applied focus on policy engagements and their theory foundations, drawing on our strengths and expertise in those areas.

This programme will equip you with the specialist knowledge required by international employers in both the business and public sectors; as well as providing rigorous foundations for those who wish to go on to do research in economics at the PhD level.

Convenors

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.

Students with strong econometrics background may follow an alternative combination of quantitative modules allowing them to take both Advanced Econometrics A and Advanced Econometrics B without having to complete Econometrics first. Students who wish to apply for this alternative quantitative structure must contact the convenor of Econometrics prior to taking the Preliminary examination. Applicants will undertake an assessment during the Welcome week based on examination papers of previous years' Econometrics

Dissertation

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

Taught Component

Core Modules

All students will take the following core modules:

Module Code Credits Term Availability
Macroeconomics 15PECC005 15 Term 1
Microeconomics 15PECC006 15 Term 1
Advanced Microeconomic Theory and Policy 15PECH021 15 Term 2
Advanced Macroeconomic Theory and Policy 15PECH022 15 Term 2
Econometrics 15PECC008 15 Term 1
Compulsory Modules

All students will take EITHER  Advanced Econometrics A (previously Quantitative Methods II) OR Advanced Econometrics B (previously Quantitative Methods III)

Module Code Credits Term Availability
Advanced Econometrics A 15PECC045 15 Term 2
Advanced Econometrics B 15PECC051 15 Term 2
Guided Options

All students will take the modules to the value of 30 credits from list of modules (below)

Taught Component for students with a strong background in Econometrics

For students with a strong background in Econometrics, the following alternative combination of modules is available; this allows them to take both Advanced Econometrics A and Advanced Econometrics B without having to complete Econometrics first:

Core Modules

All students will take the following six core modules:

Module Code Credits Term Availability
Macroeconomics 15PECC005 15 Term 1
Microeconomics 15PECC006 15 Term 1
Advanced Microeconomic Theory and Policy 15PECH021 15 Term 2
Advanced Macroeconomic Theory and Policy 15PECH022 15 Term 2
Advanced Econometrics A 15PECC045 15 Term 2
Advanced Econometrics B 15PECC051 15 Term 2
Guided Options

All students will take the modules to the value of 30 credits from list of modules (below)

List of Modules (subject to availability)

Note: Advanced Econometrics A and Advanced Econometrics A can be chosen as an option if not taken as a core module.

Module Code Credits Term Availability
Advanced Econometrics A 15PECC045 15 Term 2
Advanced Econometrics B 15PECC051 15 Term 2
African economies 1: applied microeconomic analysis 15PECC024 15 Term 1
African economies 2: applied macroeconomic analysis 15PECC025 15 Term 2
Applied Economics of the Middle East 1 15PECC028 15 Term 1
Applied economics of the Middle East 2 15PECC029 15 Term 2
Capital markets, derivatives & corporate finance 15PECC011 15 Term 1 Not Running 2018/2019
China and World Development 15PECH023 15 Term 2
China's Economic Transformation 15PECH024 15 Term 1
Economic Development of Japan 15PECH025 15 Term 1
Economic development of South Asia a) the macroeconomy 15PECC026 15 Term 1
Economic Development of South Asia B) Major Sectors & The International Economy 15PECC027 15 Term 2
Economic development of the Asia Pacific region 15PECC030 15 Term 1
Economic development of the Asia Pacific region 2 15PECC031 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 1
Global Production and Industrial Policy 15PECH027 15 Term 1
Green Finance 15PECH030 15 Term 2
Growth and Development 15PECC007 15 Term 2
History of Economic Analysis 15PECH006 15 Term 1
Institutions and Governance 15PECC064 15 Term 2
International Finance 15PECC019 15 Term 1
International Trade and Investment 15PECC018 15 Term 2
Limits to Growth? (PG) 15PECH029 15 Term 2
Marxist Political Economy and World Development 15PECC047 15 Term 2
Political Economy of Agriculture and Food 15PECC049 15 Term 2
Political Economy of Institutions 15PECC020 15 Term 2
Theory of financial institutions & policy 15PECC021 15 Term 2

 

This is the structure for applicants

If you are a current student you can find structure information on Moodle or through your Department.

Programme Specification

Important notice

The information on the programme page reflects the intended programme structure against the given academic session. 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.

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 3 tuition fee.

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

Full-time Part-time 2 Years Part-time 3 Years
UK/EU
Students
Overseas
Students
UK/EU
Students
Overseas
Students
UK/EU
Students
Overseas
Students
£11,545 £19,730 £5,773 £9,865 £3,848 £6,577
Scholarships

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

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.

A Student's Perspective

I felt most proud when, being at SOAS, I gained more knowledge about the development issues and growth of my country Pakistan than I had back at home.

Samra Hasan

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