12 months
21750 GBP/year
12720 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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The Development Economics course from SOAS University of London is the flagship Master programme offered by the SOAS Economics Department. It combines the two core intellectual traditions nurtured for decades in our unique Department: a pluralist approach to economics and a focus on real-world development issues.

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As pluralism in economics becomes more prominent and needed, you will find courses that offer either pluralism or development, but not both. If you are interested in understanding how the global economy works, what economic challenges and opportunities countries in the Global South face, and what to do about intensifying inequalities and ecological breakdown, the Development Economics course from SOAS University of London is for you.

Why study MSc Development Economics at SOAS

  • we are 12th in UK for course satisfaction Guardian League Tables 2021 and 5th in London Complete University Guide 2021
  • it provides rigorous and pluralist training in economics with a focus on development
  • it advances a Global South perspective on real-world economic issues for a changing world
  • it addresses intersecting inequalities and ecological challenges across foundational modules and optional ones


Economics graduates leave SOAS with a solid grounding in statistical skills and an ability to think laterally, take a global perspective, and employ critical reasoning.

Recent graduates from the Department of Economics have been hired by:

  • Deloitte
  • NHS England
  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office
  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
  • HSBC
  • National Institute of Public Finance and Policy, New Delhi
  • University of Bayreuth
  • HM Treasury
  • Department for International Development
  • PwC
  • UNDP
  • King’s Investment Fund
  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office
  • The World Bank

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Essay Writing Workshop - Postgraduate Economics
  • Macroeconomics
  • Microeconomics
  • Growth and Development
  • Econometrics
  • Advanced Macroeconometrics
  • Advanced Microeconometrics

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months
    • Flexible

Start dates & application deadlines


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Lower Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

We will consider all applications with 2:ii (or international equivalent) or higher in Economics. In addition to degree classification we take into account other elements of the application including supporting statement and references. All students must complete the Preliminary Mathematics and Statistics module which is taught over three weeks in August/September.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    21750 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 21750 GBP for the full programme during 12 months.
  • National

    12720 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 12720 GBP for the full programme during 12 months.

Part Time 2 Years:

  • UK: £6,360/year
  • Overseas: £10,875/year

Part Time 3 Years:

  • UK: £4,240/year
  • Overseas: £7,250/year

Living costs for London

1137 - 2157 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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