SOAS University of London

Department of Economics

MSc Political Economy of Development (2019 entry)

Select year of entry: 2019 2018

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Overview

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 2019/20

UK/EU fees:
£12,120
Overseas fees:
£20,715

Fees for 2019/20 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

  • Good undergraduate degree in, or including, Economics

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Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings

Start of programme: September intake only

Mode of Attendance: Full-time or Part-time

Course Profile

This unique MSc is designed for students whose first degree was only partially in economics or who have already studied a lot of economics and want to do an MSc that enables them to do a wider range of options. Instead of the usual compulsory courses in micro, macro and econometrics (they are still available as options), this MSc has compulsory courses in institutional economics, development economics, research methods and statistical techniques.

Students will benefit from our unique pluralist approach to economics, covering both conventional as well critical and institutionalist economics paradigms, and our range of regional modules covering different developing and emerging regions in Asia, the Middle East and Africa. We believe economists have to be confident in their use of competing methodological approaches to participate in global policy debates. You will leave with a knowledge base that is essential for further work in development policy, business and finance and research work in political economy at the global level.

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. 

 

Dissertation

Module Code Credits Term Availability
Dissertation for MSc Political Economy of Development 15PECC988 60 Full Year

Taught Component

Core Modules

All students will take the following four core modules:

Module Code Credits Term Availability
Growth and Development 15PECC007 15 Term 2
Essay Writing Workshop - Postgraduate Economics 15PECH031 0 Term 1
Political Economy of Institutions 15PECC020 15 Term 2
Statistical Research Techniques 15PECC039 15 Term 2
Research Methods 15PECC040 15 Term 1
Guided Options

All students will take modules to the value of 60 credits from list of options (below)

List of Modules (subject to availability)

Module Code Credits Term Availability
Economic development of Africa: microeconomic approaches 15PECC024 15 Term 1
Economic development of Africa: macroeconomic approaches 15PECC025 15 Term 2
Political Economy of Development and Change in the Middle East 15PECC028 15 Term 1
Topics in the Political Economy of Contemporary Middle East 15PECC029 15 Term 2
Political Economy of Development and Change in South Asia 15PECC026 15 Term 1
Topics in the Political Economy of Contemporary South Asia 15PECC027 15 Term 2
Economic development in the Asia Pacific region 15PECC030 15 Term 1
Capital markets, derivatives & corporate finance 15PECC011 15 Term 1 Not Running 2019/2020
China's Economic Transformation 15PECH024 15 Term 1
China and World Development 15PECH023 15 Term 2
Economic Development of Japan 15PECH025 15 Term 1
Economics of Environment and Development 15PECC048 15 Term 2
Financial Systems and Economic Development 15PECC036 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
History of Economic Analysis 15PECH006 15 Term 1
International Trade and Investment 15PECC018 15 Term 2
International Finance 15PECC019 15 Term 1
Limits to Growth? (PG) 15PECH029 15 Term 2 Not Running 2019/2020
Macroeconomics 15PECC005 15 Term 1
Marxist Political Economy and World Development 15PECC047 15 Term 2 Not Running 2019/2020
Microeconomics 15PECC006 15 Term 1
Political Economy of Agriculture and Food 15PECC049 15 Term 2
Theory of financial institutions & policy 15PECC021 15 Term 2 Not Running 2019/2020

 

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 includes eight taught modules plus a preliminary module 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.

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 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 2019/20 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
£12,120 £20,715 £6,060 £10,358 £4,040 £6,905
Scholarships
Felix Non- Indian Scholarship

Application Deadline: 2019-02-07 16:00

Felix Scholarships

Application Deadline: 2019-01-31 16:00

John Loiello AFSOAS FISH Scholarship

Application Deadline: 2019-02-20 16:00

Postgraduate SOAS Global Impact Award

Application Deadline: 2019-01-31 00:00

SOAS International Postgraduate Excellence Scholarship

Application Deadline: 2019-02-28 00:00

SOAS Master's Scholarships

Application Deadline: 2019-03-14 16:00

Sasakawa Postgraduate Studentship

Application Deadline: 2019-02-20 16:00

Tibawi Trust Award

Application Deadline: 2019-06-05 16:00

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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