12 months
21750 GBP/year
12720 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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The International Finance and Development programme at SOAS University of London combines the political economy of international finance with development economics.

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The International Finance and Development programme at SOAS University of London is unique in Britain and draws on the specific strengths of SOAS, namely in development economics, political economy and area specialization. It also draws on the international reputations of SOAS specifically in the political economy of finance.


A postgraduate degree in Finance and Development from SOAS equips students with a range of important skills to continue in the field of research as well as a portfolio of widely transferable employability skills valued by a wide range of employers.

These include numeracy, analytical thinking and general skills such as organization and effective communication skills. Graduates will develop their regional expertise and understanding of issues of development and the international financial market. In addition, the study of Economics gives students particular problem-solving skills including abstraction, analysis, quantification, strategic thinking, and adaptability.

Graduates are expected to follow successful careers in the private sector, in national policymaking in developing countries, in international development agencies and in a range of non-governmental organizations. Continuing a SOAS tradition, they are also expected to be successful in gaining a highly competitive Overseas Development Institute (ODI) fellowships.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Financial systems and Economic Development
  • Macroeconomics
  • International Finance
  • Theory of financial institutions & policy
  • Statistical Research Techniques
  • Dissertation for MSc Finance and Development

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 Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
Lower Second Class

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • We will consider all applications with 2: ii (or international equivalent) or higher in Economics or a joint degree containing Economics PLUS work experience in financial markets and development. 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.
    • We understand that the coronavirus has had an impact on the ability of students from many regions to take the IELTS, TOEFL and PTE Academic test, as test centres have been closed. We therefore will be accepting the Duolingo, the LanguageCert and the TOEFL IBT At Home online tests from all International and European applicants for the September 2020 intake.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    21750 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 21750 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    12720 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12720 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.

Part Time 2 Years:

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


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