Who is this programme for?: This progamme 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 an 8,000 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. 

Study Details:

MSc One calendar year (full-time) Two (part-time, daytime only).

Module Details:

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 Quantitative Methods I and Quantitative Methods II (both have to be taken) and Quantitative Methods III, but this requires the written permission of the course convenors for Quantitative Methods I, Quantitative Methods II and Quantitative Methods III.

All courses are compulsory:


  • Financial systems and economic development
  • Dissertation for MSc Economics programmes
  • Macroeconomics
  • International Finance
  • Theory of financial institutions & policy
  • Statistical Research Techniques

AND THREE Modules from the following:

Optional Modules


  • Growth & development
  • International Trade and Investment
  • Political economy of institutions
  • Quantitative methods I
  • Quantitative methods II
  • Quantitative Methods III

Regional Modules

Please note students can take two regional modules, but not from the same region.


  • Economics of environment and development
  • Political Economy of Agriculture and Food
  • Marxist political economy and world development
  • History of Economic Analysis
  • Economic development of South Asia a) the macroeconomy
  • Economic development of South Asia b) major sectors & the internationa
  • Applied economics of the Middle East 1
  • Applied economics of the Middle East 2
  • Economic development of the Asia Pacific region 1
  • Economic development of the Asia Pacific region 2
  • African economies 1: applied microeconomic analysis
  • African economies 2: applied macroeconomic analysis


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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.

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