MSc International Finance and Development

Duration: One calendar year (full-time) Two (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 course of study.

Entry Requirements: At least upper second class or equivalent in Economics OR a joint degree containing Economics PLUS work experience in financial markets and development.

Start of programme: September intake only

Mode of Attendance: Full Time or Part Time

Who is this programme for?

This programme replaces the MSc Finance and Development Programme and will start September 2017/18 This programme combines political economy of international finance with development economics. It is unique in Britain and draws on the specific strengths of SOAS, namely in development economics, political economy and area specialisation. It also draws on the international reputations of SOAS specifically in the political economy of finance.

Students take five core modules in Macroeconomics, Statistical Research Techniques, Financial Systems and Economic Development, International Finance, Theory of Financial Institutions and Policy. They are given the choice of three options and they have to write a 10,000-word dissertation on an approved topic relating to finance and development.

All students are required to complete the compulsory preliminary course in Mathematics and Statistics (including Computing) prior to commencing this programme.


Students registered for this MSc must take all the core courses listed below. The only possible exception is that students who have already an adequate maths and stats background may drop the Statistical Research Techniques module and take instead Econometrics, this requires the written permission of the course convenor for Econometrics. Students who wish to apply for this alternative quantitative structure, which includes the option of taking Advanced Econometrics A and/or Advanced Econometrics B, must contact the convenor of Econometrics prior to the taking of the Preliminary examination. Students on this MSc must always take the Research Methods modules and the other core modules.

Core Modules

  • Financial systems and economic development 15PECC036 (15 credits) Term 1
  • Macroeconomics 15PECC005 (15 credits) Term 1
  • International Finance 15PECC019 (15 credits) Term 2
  • Theory of financial institutions & policy 15PECC021 (15 credits) Term 2
  • Statistical Research Techniques 15PECC039 (15 credits) Term 2
  • Dissertation for MSc Finance and Development 15PECC989 (60credits) Full Year

AND THREE Modules from the following:

Optional Modules

  • Growth and Development 15PECC007 (15 credits) Term 2
  • International Trade and Investment 15PECC018 (15 credits) Term 1
  • Political Economy of Institutions 15PECC020 (15 credits) Term 2
  • Economics of environment and development 15PECC048 (15 credits) Term 2
  • Gender Economics (PG) 15PECH026 (15 credits) Term 1
  • Global Economic Policy Analysis 15PECC063 (15 credits) Term 1
  • Global Production and Industrial Policy 15PECH027 (15 credits) Term 1
  • Institutions and Governance 15PECC064 (15 credits) Term 2
  • History of Economic Analysis 15PECH006 (15 credits) Term 1
  • Marxist political economy and world development 15PECC047 (15 credits) Term 2
  • Political Economy of Agriculture and Food 15PECC049 (15 credits) Term 1
  • African economies 2: applied macroeconomic analysis 15PECC025 (15 credits) Term 2
  • African economies 1: applied microeconomic analysis 15PECC024 (15 credits) Term 1
  • Applied economics of the Middle East 1 15PECC028 (15 credits) Term 1
  • Applied economics of the Middle East 2 15PECC029 (15 credits) Term 2
  • Capital markets, derivatives & corporate finance 15PECC011 (15 credits) Term 1
  • China's Economic Transformation 15PECH024 (15 credits) Term 1
  • China and World Development 15PECH023 (15 credits) Term 2
  • Economic Development of Japan 15PECH025 (15 credits) Term 2
  • Economic development of South Asia a) the macroeconomy 15PECC026 (15 credits) Term 1
  • Economic development of South Asia b) major sectors & the international 15PECC027 (15 credits) Term 2
  • Economic development of the Asia Pacific region 1 15PECC030 (15 credits) Term 1
  • Economic development of the Asia Pacific region 2 15PECC031 (15 credits) Term 2
  • The economic development of South East Asia 15PECC004 (30credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
Program taught in:
  • English

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