SOAS, University of London

Course Introduction

Major research areas include: agriculture and agrarian change; problems of labour, employment and economic demography; trade and growth; process of industrialisation and industrial organisation; project appraisal; money and banking; public finance; poverty (especially rural poverty); energy economics; structural adjustment and stabilisation policies; political economy and history of economic thought; political economy of food provision; role of the state.

Start Date:


Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
3 years
Full Time
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD
6 years
Part Time
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD

Qualifications required:

  • Admission and Thesis Requirements A good Masters degree in Economics is usually required for registration for the MPhil and PhD research degrees. Students are normally registered for the MPhil degree in the first instance. Once approval of the Department's Research Student Committee has been received, the student's registration is upgraded to PhD status (and backdated to the commencement of the MPhil registration), usually at the end of the first year of the study. The normal period of study for a PhD degree is not less that three year of full-time study. Students if full-time employment or with other significant commitments may register for part-time study, for which the minimum registration period is double that of full-time study. Candidates are expected to present a thesis of not more than 55,000 words for the MPHil, while for the PhD the maximum length is 100,000 words