MSc Economics with reference to Africa

SOAS University of London

Program Description

MSc Economics with reference to Africa

SOAS University of London

MSc Economics with reference to Africa

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 studies.

Minimum Entry Requirements: Minimum upper second class honors 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.

Start of programme: September intake only

All the courses offered by the Department of Economics approach the subject matter from a development perspective. Students on the MSc Economics with reference to Africa will complete courses on Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, Econometrics and Growth and Development. In addition, students must complete two courses dedicated to the study of the economics of Africa, one focusing on microeconomic issues, the other on macroeconomic issues, as well as an optional module and a dissertation in applied economics with a focus on one or more African countries.

The objectives of the programme are:

  • To enable students to apply the principles of economic analysis to the design of economic policy with reference to Africa
  • To teach postgraduates the technical and analytical skills to qualify them to practice as professional economists
  • To enable practicing professional economists to improve and update their skills and knowledge
  • To impart the skills and knowledge that enable students to progress towards Ph.D. research

Students will benefit from studying with experts on African economics within the Department. More broadly, a large number of open lectures on topics relating to Africa will be available in various departments of the School throughout the year.

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.


The following is a complete list of courses in the programme, not all of which are offered in any single year.

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.

Core Modules

  • Macroeconomics 15PECC005 (15 credits) Term 1
  • Microeconomics 15PECC006 (15 credits) Term 1
  • Growth and Development 15PECC007 (15 credits) Term 2
  • Econometrics 15PECC008 (15 credits) Term 1
  • African economies 1: applied microeconomic analysis 15PECC024 (15 credits) Term 1
  • African economies 2: applied macroeconomic analysis 15PECC025 (15 credits) Term 2
  • Dissertation for MSc Economics with reference to Africa 15PECC994 (60credits) Full Year


  • Advanced Econometrics A 15PECC045 (15 credits) Term 2


  • Advanced Econometrics B 15PECC051 (15 credits) Term 2

And ONE from the following:

If Advanced Econometrics A or Advanced Econometrics B is not taken as a core module, Advanced Econometrics A or Advanced Econometrics B can be taken as an optional module.

  • China and World Development 15PECH023 (15 credits) Term 2
  • China's Economic Transformation 15PECH024 (15 credits) Term 1
  • Economic Development of Japan 15PECH025 (15 credits) Term 2
  • Capital markets, derivatives & corporate finance 15PECC011 (15 credits) Term 1
  • Economics of environment and development 15PECC048 (15 credits) Term 2
  • Financial systems and economic development 15PECC036 (15 credits) Term 1
  • History of Economic Analysis 15PECH006 (15 credits) Term 1
  • Institutions and Governance 15PECC064 (15 credits) Term 2
  • International Trade and Investment 15PECC018 (15 credits) Term 1
  • International Finance 15PECC019 (15 credits) Term 2
  • Advanced Econometrics A 15PECC045 (15 credits) Term 2
  • Advanced Econometrics B 15PECC051 (15 credits) Term 2
  • Gender Economics (PG) 15PECH026 (15 credits) Term 1
  • Global Production and Industrial Policy 15PECH027 (15 credits) Term 1
  • Global Economic Policy Analysis 15PECC063 (15 credits) Term 1
  • Political Economy of Institutions 15PECC020 (15 credits) Term 2
  • Political Economy of Agriculture and Food 15PECC049 (15 credits) Term 1
  • Marxist political economy and world development 15PECC047 (15 credits) Term 2
  • Theory of financial institutions & policy 15PECC021 (15 credits) Term 2
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Last updated July 18, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2019
1 - 3 years
Part time
Full time
11,545 GBP
Full-time UK/EU Fees: £11,545; Full-time Overseas Fees: £19,730 per academic year
United Kingdom - London, England
Start date : Sept. 2019
Application deadline Request Info
End date Sept. 1, 2019
Sept. 2019
United Kingdom - London, England
Application deadline Request Info
End date Sept. 1, 2019