MSc Economics and Environment

General

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Program Description

Mode of Attendance: Full-time or part-time


This programme combines environmental concerns with development economics and political economy. It draws on the specific strengths of SOAS, namely expertise in development economics, multi-disciplinary environmental focus, and area specialisations in Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

The MSc in Economics and Environment provides a unique specialisation in one of the most rapidly developing areas of economics. The effects of development on the environment and access to resources is one of the most challenging fields that has grown over the past decades and is now one of the key areas of study. At SOAS, we understand the environment in a broad sense and the scope of courses offered includes various areas such as natural resources, agriculture, economic development, finance, and regionally - specialised courses.

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.

Employment

A postgraduate degree in Economics and Environment 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 of this programme will develop a specialised understanding of the environmental and development concerns. 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 Economics and Environment have followed successful careers in both academic works 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.

Graduates of Masters programmes in the Department of Economics 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. Graduates have been very successful in gaining highly competitive Overseas Development Institute (ODI) fellowships which have allowed them to work in government agencies in countries ranging from Mozambique to Papua New Guinea.

Structure

The MSc Economics and Environment is taught within a structured programme rather than being obtained mainly by research and dissertation. It consists of 120 taught credits delivered through lectures, classes, and tutorials and a 10,000-word dissertation (60 credits) as outlined below.

The degree is awarded on the basis of coursework, examinations written in May/June, and a dissertation which is submitted in September. The following is a complete list of modules in the programme, not all of which are offered in any single year. Please note that some modules may be taught in other departments of the School.

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 teaching.

Dissertation

  • Dissertation for MSc Economics and Environment

Taught Component

Core Modules

All students will take the following four core modules:

  • Macroeconomics
  • Microeconomics
  • Econometrics
  • Economics of Environment and Development

Compulsory Module

All students will take either Advanced Econometrics A or Advanced Econometrics B.

  • Advanced Macroeconometrics

or

  • Advanced Microeconometrics

Guided Options

All students will take modules to the value of 45 credits from the list of options (below).

and

  • Essay Writing Workshop - Postgraduate Economics

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 five core modules:

  • Macroeconomics
  • Microeconomics
  • Advanced Macroeconometrics
  • Advanced Microeconometrics
  • Economics of Environment and Development

Guided Options

All students will take modules to the value of 45 credits from the list of options (below).

and

  • Essay Writing Workshop - Postgraduate Economics

List of Modules (subject to availability)

Note: Advanced Econometrics A/Advanced Econometrics B can only be chosen as an option if it has not already been taken as a core module.

  • Advanced Macroeconometrics
  • Advanced Microeconometrics
  • Economic development of Africa: microeconomic approaches
  • Economic development of Africa: macroeconomic approaches
  • Political Economy of Development and Change in the Middle East
  • Topics in the Political Economy of Contemporary Middle East
  • Capital markets, derivatives & corporate finance
  • China and World Development
  • China's Economic Transformation
  • Economic Development of Japan
  • Political Economy of Development and Change in South Asia
  • Topics in the Political Economy of Contemporary South Asia
  • Economic Development in the Asia Pacific region
  • Financial Systems and Economic Development
  • Gender Economics (PG)
  • Global Economic Policy Analysis
  • Global Production and Industrial Policy
  • Green Finance
  • Growth and Development
  • History of Economic Analysis
  • Institutions and Governance
  • International Finance
  • International Trade and Investment
  • International Environmental and Sustainable Development Law
  • Limits to Growth? (PG)
  • Natural resources, development and change: putting critical analysis into practice
  • Political Economy of Agriculture and Food
  • Political Economy of Institutions
  • Theory of financial institutions & policy
  • Water and Development: Conflict and Governance
  • Advanced Microeconomics
  • Advanced Macroeconomics
  • Environment, Governance and Development
  • Natural resources, development and change: putting critical analysis into practice

Important notice

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

Admissions and Applications

You can apply for this course via the online application form.

We aim to assess a complete application and provide a decision within a 5-week time frame. Overseas students who require a Tier 4 visa and wish to join SOAS should bear in mind visa applications can take several weeks, so you should apply as soon as possible.

Consideration of Application

The whole application, including transcript and references, is considered before a decision is reached. You are therefore advised to submit a complete application including references and transcript (where required). An incomplete application will add considerable delays to the decision-making process.

Students will receive an acknowledgement of their application. Each application is carefully considered and although we try and respond as quickly as possible, we do ask that students should expect to receive a response within five weeks of receipt.

Candidates who are available in the United Kingdom may be called for an interview. The absence of academic members of staff (or instance on study leave) may affect the timing of decisions.

Entry Requirements

Minimum upper second class honours degree (or equivalent) 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, may allow students to take the MSc in the following year.

All students must complete and pass the Preliminary Mathematics and Statistics course which is taught over three weeks in August/September before the start of the MSc.

English Language Entry Requirements

You must be able to show that your English is of a high enough standard to successfully engage with and complete your course at SOAS. Please note that we take our English language requirements seriously and failure to meet them exactly may well result in your application to SOAS being rejected. It is not possible to negotiate if your scores are below our required levels, with the expectation that because they are 'close enough' they will be accepted. It is important that you plan appropriately, well in advance, so that your English language test comes in good time and so that you have time to retake the test if necessary. We do not accept reasons of inconvenience or financial hardship for not submitting or retaking an English test.

International students

For EU and International students who need a visa, if unconditional entry scores are achieved we accept qualifications from several countries, as well as a range of international qualifications and tests.

If a Tier 4 entry visa is required then a SELT, such as UKVI IELTS may be needed. For this reason, we recommend all Tier 4 visa students to choose the UKVI IELTS Academic test as the test of first resort.

Last updated October 2019

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