SOAS University of London

Department of Economics

MSc Political Economy of Development

duration:
One calendar year (full-time) Two or Three years (part-time, daytime only). We recommend that part-time students have between two and a half and three days free in the week to pursue their course of study.

Fees 2017/18

UK/EU fees:
£10,995
Overseas fees:
£18,790

Fees for 2017/18 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

2018 Entry requirements

  • Good undergraduate degree in, or including, Economics

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Overview

Start of programme: September intake only

Mode of Attendance: Full Time or Part Time

Course Profile

The MSc in the Political Economy of Development is the latest addition to a portfolio of Masters programmes offered by the Department of Economics, and is designed for economists who want to concentrate on applied theory and to expand their regional expertise.

The MSc is a taught masters degree consisting of eight course modules taught by lectures, classes and tutorials and an 10,000 word dissertation.

There are four core units and four optional modules that make up the course.
The precise modules available vary from year to year, but include units on Agriculture, Finance, the Environment, Industry and International Macroeconomics and Microeconomics.

Eight in-depth regional economic development modules are also available, covering:

  • Africa
  • The Asia-Pacific region
  • The Middle East
  • South Asia

All students are required to complete the compulsory preliminary course in Mathematics and Statistics (including Computing) to begin studying on this programme. This course is taught over a three week period from the beginning of September covering mathematics, statistics and computing. For further information about this course including a timetable please see here: Preliminary maths and Statistics Course

Convenors

Structure

Students registered for this MSc must take all the core courses listed below. The only possible exception is that students who have already an adequate maths and stats background may drop the Statistical Research Techniques module and take instead Econometrics, this requires the written permission of the course convenor for Econometrics.  Students who wish to apply for this alternative quantitative structure, which includes the option of taking Advanced Econometrics A and/or Advanced Econometrics B, must contact the convenor of Econometrics prior to the taking of the Preliminary examination.  Students on this MSc must always take the Research Methods modules and the other core modules. 

 

Core Modules
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Growth and Development 15PECC007 15 Term 2
Political Economy of Institutions 15PECC020 15 Term 2
Statistical Research Techniques 15PECC039 15 Term 2
Research Methods 15PECC040 15 Term 1
Dissertation for MSc Political Economy of Development 15PECC988 60 Full Year
IN ADDITION STUDENTS MAY CHOOSE FOUR FROM THE FOLLOWING:

- four optional modules from those on offer in the other Department of Economics MSc courses.

Module Code Credits Term Availability
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
Economic development of South Asia a) the macroeconomy 15PECC026 15 Term 1
Economic development of South Asia b) major sectors & the internationa 15PECC027 15 Term 2
Economic development of the Asia Pacific region 1 15PECC030 15 Term 1
Economic development of the Asia Pacific region 2 15PECC031 15 Term 2
Capital markets, derivatives & corporate finance 15PECC011 15 Term 1
China and World Development 15PECH023 15 Term 2
China's Economic Transformation 15PECH024 15 Term 1
Economics of environment and development 15PECC048 15 Term 2
Economic Development of Japan 15PECH025 15 Term 2
Financial systems and economic development 15PECC036 15 Term 1
Gender Economics 15PECH026 15 Term 1
Global Economic Policy Analysis 15PECC063 15 Term 1
Global Production and Industrial Policy 15PECH027 15 Term 1
History of Economic Analysis 15PECH006 15 Term 1
International Trade and Investment 15PECC018 15 Term 1
International Finance 15PECC019 15 Term 2
Macroeconomics 15PECC005 15 Term 1
Institutions and Governance 15PECC064 15 Term 2
Marxist political economy and world development 15PECC047 15 Term 2
Microeconomics 15PECC006 15 Term 1
Political Economy of Agriculture and Food 15PECC049 15 Term 1
Theory of financial institutions & policy 15PECC021 15 Term 2

 

This is the structure for 2017/18 applicants

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

Programme Specification

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Teaching and Learning

Teaching & Learning

The MSc includes eight taught modules plus a preliminary course in Mathematics and Statistics and an 10,000-word dissertation.

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

The MSc degrees are taught over a period of twelve months of full-time study within a structured programme. In the case of part-time study, the degrees will be taught over two or three years. Four modules are studied each year, with the dissertation normally being completed in the second year.

Lectures

Most modules 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 a 10,000-word dissertation in applied economics.

Learning Resources 

SOAS Library

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.

Pre Entry Reading

Preliminary Mathematics and Statistics Course

Our MSc programmes attract students with a wide range of backgrounds including many who have worked for a few years before coming to SOAS. Our popular econometrics courses are designed to be accessible to all of our students including those with a relatively small quantitative component in their first degree. Our well-received econometrics modules focus on applying basic methods used in empirical research. They equip students to carry out their own high quality empirical work and critically evaluate research, with relatively little emphasis on advanced econometric theory and mathematical proofs.

Our econometrics teaching begins with a three-week preliminary course in mathematics, statistics and computing.
The objective of the course is to review the basic quantitative skills assumed once formal teaching commences. This course is compulsory. Further details on the Preliminary Mathematics and Statistics Course.

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 2017/18 entrants. The fees below are per academic year. Please note that fees go up each year. 

Full-timePart-time 2 YearsPart-time 3 Years
UK/EU
Students
Overseas
Students
UK/EU
Students
Overseas
Students
UK/EU
Students
Overseas
Students
£10,995 £18,790 £5,498 £9,395 £3,665 £6,263
Scholarships
Felix Non- Indian Scholarship

Application Deadline: 2017-01-31 17:00

Felix Scholarships

Application Deadline: 2017-01-31 17:00

John Loiello AFSOAS FISH Scholarship

Application Deadline: 2017-02-22 17:00

Sasakawa Postgraduate Studentship

Application Deadline: 2017-02-22 17:00

The Prospect Burma Scholarship

Application Deadline: 2017-02-22 17:00

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

Employment

A postgraduate degree in Political Economy of Development from SOAS equips students with a range of important skills to continue in the field of research as well as a portfolio of widely transferable employability skills valued by a wide range of employers.  These include numeracy, analytical thinking and general skills such as organisation and effective communication skills.  Graduates will develop their regional expertise as well as an advanced understanding of issues of development in their political and economic context.  In addition the study of Economics gives students particular problem solving skills including: abstraction, analysis, quantification, strategic thinking and adaptability.

Postgraduate students from the SOAS MSc in Political Economy of Development have followed successful careers in both academic work and also in international banking and financial analysis, in national governments in many parts of the world, in international development agencies and in a range of non-government organisations.   A postgraduate degree is a valuable experience that provides students with a body of work and a diverse range of skills that they can use to market themselves with when they graduate.

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

A Student's Perspective

While being lectured in class by world experts in the field of development, SOAS events have also allowed me to hear and meet some of the originators of many of the ideas taught in class! Being at SOAS almost feels like being seated at the forefront of policy debate and this is what I enjoy the most.

Anita Nwachukwu

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