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This structure is for new students and those who registered after 1 July 2018.
Students who registered before this date can find their programme structure here.

Programme summary
Programme convenor: Prof Christine Oughton
Duration: 2–5 years
Fee: £10,920. For full information on fees and payment options, visit our Fees page.
Programme start: October / January / April / July

The MSc Finance enables you to deepen your understanding of financial markets, banks, and their relation to economic performance. It provides a sound platform for advancing your career in finance and policy. Because finance is so wide ranging, the degree enables you to choose between four majors:

The MSc Finance programme's four alternative Major pathways enable you to select a study path best suited to your objectives and skills.

Programme description

The MSc Finance (Economic Policy) is designed principally for postgraduates working on economic policy in government, central banks, other public organisations, international institutions and consultancy. It enables you to deepen your understanding of the principles, applications, and context underlying economic policy with a focus on policy's financial aspects.

If you have any further questions about the overall programme content and its suitability for you, please email dladmissions@soas.ac.uk.

Modules and programme structure

You will study six modules: four core modules and two elective modules selected from the lists below.

If you wish to complete the Dissertation you must study Research Methods.

Core modules

Elective modules

Career opportunities

As a graduate of this programme you will be well prepared for senior positions in governments, central banks, other public organisations, international institutions and consultancy.

Study schedule

This programme takes a minimum of two years to complete. Each module lasts 10 weeks. You are registered for a maximum of five years.

Entry requirements

Education and experience

You should have a recognised UK Bachelor's degree, or international equivalent, in finance, economics, or another appropriate discipline. Qualifications in other subjects will be assessed on their merits. Your application may be considered if you have previous education and experience, equivalent to a degree-level qualification, which includes suitable preliminary training.

Language requirements

All international applicants must be able to show that their English is of a high enough standard to successfully engage with and complete their course at SOAS. If you have not yet taken an English language test, you can still apply for your degree, but we will include evidence of language requirements as part of your offer conditions. You can demonstrate English language ability in several ways.

More information on the English requirements can be found here

What next?

To make an application, or to find out more about fees and our admissions procedure, please visit the Apply section of this website.