MSc Economics with reference to South Asia

General

Program Description

Mode of Attendance: Full-time or part-time


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 South Asia 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 South Asia, as well as an optional module and a dissertation in applied economics with a focus on one or more countries of South Asia.

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 South Asia.
  • To teach postgraduates the technical and analytical skills to qualify them to practice as professional economists.
  • To enable practising professional economists to improve and update their skills and knowledge.
  • To impart the skills and knowledge that enable students to progress towards PhD research.

Students will benefit from studying with experts on the economics of South Asia within the Department. More broadly, a large number of open lectures on topics relating to South Asia 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.

Employment

A postgraduate degree in Economics with reference to South Asia 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 and understanding of the South Asian market. 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 with reference to South Asia 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.

SOAS MSc 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 following is a complete list of courses in the programme, not all of which are offered in any single year. Please note that some courses 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.

Dissertation

Taught Component

Core Modules

All students will take the following four core modules:

  • Macroeconomics
  • Microeconomics
  • Growth and Development
  • Econometrics

Compulsory Modules

All students will take the following compulsory modules:

  • Political Economy of Development and Change in South Asia
  • Topics in the Political Economy of Contemporary South Asia

and

All students will take either Advanced Econometrics A (previously Quantitative Methods II) or Advanced Econometrics B (previously Quantitative Methods III)

  • Advanced Macroeconometrics
  • Advanced Microeconometrics

Guided Options

All students will take a 15 credit module from list of options (below).

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
  • Growth and Development
  • Advanced Macroeconometrics
  • Advanced Microeconometrics

Compulsory Modules

Students will also take the following two compulsory modules:

  • Political Economy of Development and Change in South Asia
  • Topics in the Political Economy of Contemporary South Asia

Guided Options

All students will take a 15 credit module from the list of options (below).

List of Modules (subject to availability)

Note: Advanced Econometrics A and Advanced Econometrics A can be chosen as an option if not 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's Economic Transformation
  • China and World Development
  • Economic Development of Japan
  • Economic Development in the Asia Pacific region
  • Economic development of the Asia Pacific region 2
  • Economics of Environment and Development
  • Financial Systems and Economic Development
  • Gender Economics (PG)
  • Global Economic Policy Analysis
  • Global Production and Industrial Policy
  • Green Finance
  • History of Economic Analysis
  • International Trade and Investment
  • International Finance
  • Institutions and Governance
  • Limits to Growth? (PG)
  • Political Economy of Agriculture and Food
  • Political Economy of Institutions
  • Theory of financial institutions & policy

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. For details see www.soas.ac.uk/economics 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 Oct 2019

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