Centre for Financial and Management Studies

MSc Finance (Economic Policy)

Key information

Duration
Two to five years
Start of programme
October / January / April / June
Attendance mode
Online learning
Fees

MSc: £10,920
Single module: £1,820

Course overview

Our MSc Finance (Economic Policy) programme has been principally designed to help you work on economic policy in government, central banks, public organisations and international institutions. The programme will increase your understanding of the principles, applications and context that underlie economic policy, focusing on the financial aspects of policy making. Additionally, you will acquire sound understanding of theories in finance and of the workings of financial markets. 

Why study MSc Finance (Economic Policy) at SOAS?

  • ranked 5th in the UK for graduate employability (Guardian League Tables 2021)
  • learn from world-class financial experts
  • develop an excellent understanding of the key issues shaping international business strategy in a global financial environment 
  • we offer specialist knowledge of financial and management systems in the emerging markets of Africa, Asia and the Middle East
  • acquire a sound understanding of theories in finance and the workings of financial markets, ready for a career in finance or further study 
  • you will be joining our community of alumni working in 160 countries in sectors including finance, government, industry and international organisations. 

Entry requirements 

You should have a recognised UK Bachelor's degree, or international equivalent, in finance, economics or another appropriate discipline. Qualifications in other subjects will be assessed on their merits. Your application may be considered if you have previous education or experience, equivalent to a degree-level qualification, which include suitable preliminary training. 

Structure

You will study six modules : four core modules and two elective modules selected from the lists below.

If you wish to complete the Dissertation you must study Research Methods.

Core modules

  • Banking and Capital Markets
  • International Finance
  • Macroeconomic Policy and Financial Markets
  • Microeconomic Principles and Policy
  • Public Financial Management: Revenue
  • The IMF and Economic Policy

Elective modules

  • Bank Financial Management
  • Bank Regulation and Resolution of Banking Crises
  • Corporate Finance
  • Corporate Governance
  • Dissertation
  • Econometric Analysis and Applications
  • Econometric Principles and Data Analysis
  • Financial Econometrics
  • Modelling Firms and Markets
  • Project Appraisal
  • Research Methods
  • Risk Management: Principles and Applications

Teaching and learning

The MSc Finance (Economic Policy) is made up of six modules. Each module lasts for 10 weeks. You can only take one module at a time, but each module is typically available in at least two of the year's study sessions. This gives you the flexibility to plan your studies throughout the year, allowing you to fit your course around your professional, family, and personal commitments. 

Online academic tutor

You will be individually assigned an online academic tutor for the duration of each module with whom you can discuss academic queries at regular intervals during the study session. You will also have a named administrator providing you with help and advice throughout your studies.

For each module, you will be provided with access to all necessary materials from a range of appropriate sources.

Virtual Learning Environment

To make your experience as a distance learning student more complete and rewarding, you will have access to the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), which is a web-based learning environment. Via the VLE, you can communicate with your assigned academic tutor, administrators and other students on the module using discussion forums.

The VLE also provides access to the module Study Guide and assignments, as well as a selection of electronic journals available on the University of London Online Library.

Exams

For each module, you will sit a three-hour examination, held on a specified date in September/October, and complete two assignments during the module study session. Assignments are submitted and feedback given online. Examinations and assignments are weighted 70:30.

Fees and funding

MSc Single Module
£10,920 £1,820

Pay as you learn

Our distance learning programmes can be paid in full at the time of enrolment or on a pay as you learn basis. Pay as you learn means you only pay for the module you are enrolling on.

Postgraduate loans

If you have been a resident in England for 3 years you may be eligible. See postgraduate funding and finance for more information.

Look through the postgraduate scholarships available.

Alternatively, we recommend students approach their local British Council, British High Commission or British Embassy, for information on local funding.

Dependent on nationality, employment circumstances and other factors, funding and sponsorship sources can include:

  • United Nations (UNESCO, FAO, UNDP, UNEP etc)
  • Bilateral Aid Agencies (SIDA, GTZ, etc)
  • European Union
  • British Council
  • UK Department for International Development / Foreign & Commonwealth Office
  • NGOs
  • Educational and other charitable trusts

Employment

As a graduate of MSc Finance (Economic Policy) you will be well prepared for senior positions in:

  • government
  • central banks
  • other public organisations 
  • international institutions 
  • consultancy

Recent graduates have been hired by:

  • Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ
  • Citi
  • Deloitte
  • Ernst & Young
  • Euro Monitor International
  • Financial Times
  • HM Treasury
  • Huaxia Bank, China
  • International Rescue Committee
  • Investec
  • JP Morgan, Chase & Co
  • KPMG
  • Nomura
  • Oxfam
  • Publicis Media
  • Santander
  • UBS
  • University of Oxford
  • Western Securities Co. Ltd
  • White & Case LLP
  • World Food Programme

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