University profile: The Department of Economics at SOAS
Why are our courses different?
The SOAS Department of Economics is the only economics department in the world with women as half of its staff members. We have a vibrant research culture driven by staff working on a plethora of issues, but we specialise in the study of developing and emerging countries and our work covers an unparalleled range of countries and regions. We offer a pluralist and applied approach to the study of economics to our students. While we want to make sure that all our students graduate with an excellent understanding of mainstream economic theory, we also encourage our students to develop a proper understanding of its limitations. In so doing, we place great emphasis on introducing our students to the history of economics as a discipline and importantly to some of the alternative, ‘heterodox’ approaches to economic analysis. At the same time, the work of the department is fundamentally concerned with the application of economics to real world issues and reflecting real policy concerns. As such, students are encouraged to develop a deep understanding of particular countries and issues, based on concrete analysis of history, institutions and political economy. This reflects a shared view within the department that economics should be rigorous, reflective and, fundamentally, useful.
What career options are available to graduates?
Our graduates have gone on to employment in a range of professional roles in both business and public sectors, such as international banking and finance, national governments in many parts of the world, international organisations and development agencies, non-governmental organisations, and academia. The UK’s Government Economic Service, HM Treasury, various United Nations organisations, the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, the OECD, the Overseas Development Institute, Oxford Policy Management, Christian Aid, HSBC Bank, Barclays, Standard Chartered Bank, KPMG, Bloomberg, the Financial Times and Euromoney Magazine are just some of the employers.
Advice for prospective students:
For our undergraduate programmes the entry requirements are as follows:
A Levels: AAA-AAB
IB: 37 (666 at HL).
A minimum of Grade B at GCSE for those without A-Level Maths.
We are looking for students with a critical mind who seek to understand what is driving economic progress and how to address the pressing challenges of our times such as tackling youth unemployment, poverty and inequality, food security or the transformation to a low-carbon economy. Mostly we are interested in students who can demonstrate their engagement with the world and their ability to think critically and challenge easy solutions for complex problems.