MSc Economics

General

Read more about this program on the school's website

Program Description

Mode of Attendance: Full-time or part-time


This programme is distinctive in its commitment to provide training in both mainstream economics and heterodox alternative theories and methods, quantitative skills, and application to a variety of contemporary topics and global economic issues. This reflects one of our key institutional roles in leading the debates in political economy and pluralistic economics. It also places applied focus on policy engagements and their theory foundations, drawing on our strengths and expertise in those areas.

This programme will equip you with the specialist knowledge required by international employers in both the business and public sectors; as well as providing rigorous foundations for those who wish to go on to do research in economics at the PhD level.

Employment

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.

MSc Economics provides rigorous foundations for students to go on to undertake research in economics at the PhD level.

Structure

MSc Economics consists of six core modules and two optional modules, each worth 15 credits. In addition, an MSc dissertation focusing on general economic theory, policy and or/the history of economic analysis accounts for 60 credits.

Students with strong econometrics background may follow an alternative combination of quantitative modules allowing them to take both Advanced Macroeconometrics and Advanced Microeconometrics 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

  • Dissertation for MSc Economics

Taught Component

Core Modules

All students will take the following core modules:

  • Macroeconomics
  • Microeconomics
  • Advanced Microeconomics
  • Advanced Macroeconomics
  • Econometrics

Compulsory Modules

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

  • Advanced Macroeconometrics
  • Advanced Microeconometrics

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 six core modules:

  • Macroeconomics
  • Microeconomics
  • Advanced Microeconomics
  • Advanced Macroeconomics
  • Advanced Macroeconometrics
  • Advanced Microeconometrics

and

  • Essay Writing Workshop - Postgraduate Economics 15PECH031 0 Term 1

Guided Options

All students will take the modules to the value of 30 credits from the list of modules (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 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
  • Economics of Environment and Development
  • 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
  • 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 degree or work experience) 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, will allow students to take the MSc in the following year. All students must complete the Preliminary Mathematics and Statistics module which is taught over three weeks in August/September.

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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