Entry requirements

We will consider all applications with 2:2 (or international equivalent) or higher. In addition to degree classification we take into account other elements of the application such as supporting statement. References are optional, but can help build a stronger application if you fall below the 2:2 requirement or have non-traditional qualifications.

See postgraduate entry requirements for Overseas and EU qualifications and equivalencies.

Months of entry


Course content

The MA Economic Policy programme offers training in the understanding and critical evaluation of economic policy issues, design and solutions, their foundation in the evolution of economic theory and methods, as well as critical discussion of the application of policy design to real-world problems without requiring a first degree in Economics for enrolment.

It offers distinct core modules that enables you to engage with debates in economic theory and policy in advanced as well as developing regions. It also provides a programme structure that develop qualitative and quantitative research capabilities.

Why study MA Economic Policy at SOAS?

  • Masters degree in Economics open to those without a first degree in Economics. Replaces the need to take an additional Economics bridging degree, such as a Graduate Diploma in Economics
  • 8th in UK for student satisfaction with teaching (Guardian League Tables 2022)
  • 5th in London (Complete University Guide 2022)
  • a combination of economic theory and global policy application, taught in small classes (one of the best student-staff ratios in the UK – 11.3:1)
  • develop and apply quantitative and qualitative research skills through a variety of inclusive teaching and learning methods, from team-based assessments to Pecha-Kucha presentations. See some recent work we have been doing around inclusive assessment at Advance HE
  • first-class teaching in the heart of London with access to events and libraries across the University of London
  • opportunity to plan and undertake your own research project in economics or economic policy under close supervision from SOAS academics
  • join a close-knit SOAS Economics community with strong links with our alumni, across economics policy, research and private sectors internationally, from Accenture in Abuja to the OECD in Paris
  • through targeted alumni networking and careers events we will help you to plan your next career move, whether in the UK or internationally

Information for international students

For details, including English language requirements, please see SOAS website

Fees and funding

For details of postgraduate fees, please see SOAS website

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24-36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Postgraduate Enquiries
+44 (0)20 3510 6974