SOAS, University of London

Course Introduction

This course will enable students to apply the principles of economic analysis to the design of economic policy; teach postgraduates the technical and analytical skills to qualify them to practice as professional economists; enable practicing professional economists to improve and update their skills and knowledge; impart the skills and knowledge that enable students to progress towards PhD research. Students will benefit from studying with experts in development economics within the Department. More broadly, students will benefit from the Department's Political Economy of Development seminar series and other open lectures offered in the School. All students are required to complete the compulsory preliminary course in Mathematics and Statistics (including Computing) to begin studying on this programme.

A postgraduate degree in Development Economics 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. 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 Development Economics have followed successful 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.

Start Date:

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.. 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..

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
1 year
Full Time
MSc £12,120 Home Fees
1 year
Full Time
MSc £12,120 European Fees
1 year
Full Time
MSc £20,715 Overseas Fees
3 years
Part Time Day
MSc £4,040 Home Fees
3 years
Part Time Day
MSc £4,040 European Fees
3 years
Part Time Day
MSc £6,905 Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Domestic entry requirements: Students need minimum upper second class honours degree (or equivalent) in Economics.
  • International entry requirements: Students whose first language is not English need to have IELTS with 6.5 overall with 6.5 in writing and speaking and 6.0 in reading and listening.