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SOAS University of London: Political Economy of Development

Institution SOAS University of London View institution profile
Department Economics
Telephone 020 7898 4700
Study type Taught


This unique MSc is designed for students whose first degree was only partially in economics or who have already studied a lot of economics and want to do an MSc that enables them to do a wider range of options. Instead of the usual compulsory courses in micro, macro and econometrics (they are still available as options), this MSc has compulsory courses in institutional economics, development economics, research methods and statistical techniques.

Students will benefit from our unique pluralist approach to economics, covering both conventional as well critical and institutionalist economics paradigms, and our range of regional modules covering different developing and emerging regions in Asia, the Middle East and Africa. We believe economists have to be confident in their use of competing methodological approaches to participate in global policy debates. You will leave with a knowledge base that is essential for further work in development policy, business and finance and research work in political economy at the global level.


Develop a truly global perspective

Attracting the brightest minds from all over the world to create a community that is diverse, vibrant and multinational, SOAS University of London is a unique institution specialising in the study of Africa, Asia and the Near and Middle East.

Our programmes cover a broad set of disciplines within the arts, humanities and social sciences.

Our vision is of an interconnected world where SOAS plays an important role in addressing the issues facing the world by:

  • Challenging perspectives through research and teaching
  • Applying a global lens to the critical issues of our time
  • Developing graduates …
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