BSc Development Economics

General

Read more about this program on the school's website

Program Description

Mode of Attendance: Full-time

The Department of Economics is one of the country's leading departments specialising in the economics of growth and development as well as in political economy and heterodox approaches to Economics. Research and teaching is pursued on a variety of topics and is unique in its depth and range of regional and specialising coverage, including topics from contemporary banking and finance, the economics of the environment, gender economics, global economic theory, as well as the economic development of a variety of regions from Japan to the Middle East.

Studying BSc Development Economics will provide you with a thorough grounding in economic theory, analysis and policy while studying the economics of a wide range of developing and emerging countries.

Why study Development Economics at SOAS?

  • Our unrivalled focus on the study of developing and emerging economies provides you with a more critical approach to economic theory.
  • Our academic staff are specialists within an unparalleled range of emerging and developing economies, and a broad spectrum of theory and policy debates.
  • Theoretical concepts and debates are expertly applied to real issues within the countries of Africa, Asia and the Middle East, as well as in the global economy and interdependencies therein.
  • You will be able to flexibly structure your programme using our Open Options modules to take advantage of the expertise of our other departments, including the opportunity to learn a language.
  • We are specialists in the delivery of languages. Your command of a language from SOAS will set you apart from graduates of other universities.

Employment

An undergraduate degree in Development Economics from SOAS gives students a solid grounding in analytical and critical thinking, statistical and computing skills and knowledge of economic principles and their application to concrete situations.

Skills gained include:

  • Expertise in key economics and political economy theories from a pluralist stance, appreciating both orthodox and heterodox views.
  • Expertise in the emerging economies of Africa, Asia and the Middle East.
  • The ability to think laterally, to take a global perspective, and employ critical reasoning.
  • Statistical and computing skills.
  • Analytical skills.
  • Communication and presentation skills.

Graduates from the Department have pursued a variety of successful careers, often with Asian or African links, in international organisations, business and industry, banking, accountancy, journalism, consultancy, teaching and higher education.

Alternatively, many others have gone on to read for postgraduate degrees either in the Department’s own thriving masters’ and research degree programmes or elsewhere.

Graduates have gone on to work for a range of organisations including:

  • BBC World Service
  • Bloomberg LP
  • Capital Economics
  • Deloitte
  • Goldman Sachs
  • Grant Thornton
  • Myers Clark Chartered Accountants
  • PWC
  • Standard Chartered Bank

Types of roles that graduates have gone on to do include:

  • Assistant Economist
  • Equity Derivative Worker
  • Financial Analyst
  • Freelance Broadcast Journalist
  • Graduate Tax Trainee
  • Policy Data Manager
  • Monitoring Analyst
  • Risk Consultant
  • Sustainability Consultant
  • Trainee Chartered Accountant

Structure

Students take 120 credits composed of Core, Compulsory and Optional modules.

Core modules: These are mandatory and must be passed in the year they are taken before the student can progress to the next year.

Compulsory modules: These are mandatory but in the case of a failure, students may carry this into their next year provided that they retake and pass the failed element or exam.

Optional modules: These are designed to help students design their own intellectual journey while maintaining a strong grasp of the fundamentals.

After the introductory modules in Year 1, you will then advance into more specialised modules in Years 2 and 3 that dive deeper into economic theory, specific regions in Asia, Africa and the Middle East, and specialised fields. In your final year, you should take at least 30 credits from the Regional Development Optional Modules.

Year 1 (For students with A-level or equivalent in Maths)

Core Modules

  • Introduction to economic analysis
  • Quantitative Methods for Economists
  • Comparative Growth and Development

Compulsory Modules

  • Essay Writing Workshop - Undergraduate Economics

plus

Choose Language or Non-Language open option modules to the value of 30 credits.

Year 2 (For students with A-level or equivalent in Maths)

Core Modules

  • Microeconomic Analysis
  • Macroeconomic Analysis
  • Issues in Development Economics

plus

Choose modules from List A to the value of 30 credits.

or

Choose Language or Non-Language open option modules to the value of 30 credits.

Year 3 (For students with A-level or equivalent in Maths)

Core Modules

  • Global Economic Policy

plus

Choose modules from list B to the value of 105 credits.

or

Choose 75 credit modules from list B and 30 credit open options.

Year 1 (For students without A-level or equivalent in Maths)

Core Modules

  • Introduction to economic analysis
  • Introduction to quantitative methods for Economists
  • Comparative Growth and Development

Compulsory Modules

  • Essay Writing Workshop - Undergraduate Economics

plus

Choose Language or Non-Language open option modules to the value of 30 credits.

Year 2 (For students without A-level or equivalent in Maths)

Core Modules

  • Microeconomic Analysis
  • Macroeconomic Analysis
  • Issues in Development Economics
  • Quantitative Methods for Economists

Year 3 (For students without A-level or equivalent in Maths)

Core Modules

  • Global Economic Policy

plus

Choose modules from list B to the value of 105 credits.

or

Choose 75 credit modules from list B and 30 credit open options.

List of modules (subject to availability)

List A

  • Quantitative Methods for Economists
  • Econometrics
  • Banking and Finance
  • International Economics

List B

  • Quantitative Methods for Economists
  • Econometrics
  • Banking and Finance
  • International Economics
  • Applied Econometrics for Time-Series Data Analysis
  • Applied Econometrics for Cross-section Data Analyses
  • The Economics of the Environment
  • Gender Economics (UG)
  • History of Economic Thought and Methods
  • Limits to Growth?
  • Independent study project in Economics

Students must take at least 30 credits and can take no more than a total of 90 credits in the following regional economic development modules.

  • 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
  • Economic Development of Japan
  • Economic Development of Southeast Asia
  • Political Economy of Development and Change in South Asia
  • Topics in the Political Economy of Contemporary South Asia
  • China's Economic Transformation
  • China and World Development
  • Economic Development in the Asia Pacific region

Important notice

The information on the programme page reflects the intended programme structure against the given academic session.

Admissions and Applications

To apply for an undergraduate degree at SOAS (including students wishing to transfer from another university) you must apply through the UK's central universities application organization, UCAS. An application form and details of courses can be found on their website. UCAS charges an applicant's fee for handling the application.

You can apply to up to five choices of higher education institutions or course on the UCAS form. How you utilise the choice is up to you. In other words, you could apply to do the same subject, for example, economics, at five different universities, or five different courses at the same university, or any combination of subject and institution. Nor do you have to use up all five choices. Whatever you choose you should list your choices in the order they appear in the UCAS handbook.

Entry Requirements

  • Subjects Preferred: A minimum of Grade B at GCSE for those without A-level Maths.
  • A-Levels: AAA - AAB
    including GCSE Maths B (grade 6 in the new structure)
  • IB: 37 (666 at HL)

Alternative entry requirements

  • BTEC: DDD
  • Access to HE: Minimum of 30 Level 3 Credits at Distinction
  • Scottish Highers: AAAAA
  • Scottish Advanced Highers: AAA
  • Irish LC: 360 points from 5 Higher level subjects at grade C1 or above
  • Advanced Placement: 4 5 5 (Two semesters - UCAS Group A) plus US HSGD with GPA 3.0
  • Euro Bacc: 85%
  • French Bacc: 15/20
  • German Abitur: 1.5
  • Italy DES: 85/100
  • Austria Mat: 1.5
  • Polish Mat: Overall 80% including 3 extended level subjects

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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