Taught course

Political Economy of Development

SOAS University of London · Department of Economics

Entry requirements

We will consider all applications with a 2:2 (or international equivalent) or higher in Economics. 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.

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Months of entry


Course content

If you want to benefit from pluralist theoretical training in institutional economics and development economics, are interested in understanding how inequalities, corruption and climate change affect economic development, and want to apply policies to real world economic issues in the Global South, the MSc in Political Economy of Development is ideal for you.

The unique MSc Political Economy of Development is a fascinating, pluralist programme that engages students with questions on the various issues affecting development in Global South contexts. The MSc provides theoretical insights into the critical analysis of the interaction between the political and the economic in influencing development.

The programme also supports students in empirical and methodological training. Overall, this exciting MSc is designed for students passionate about politics and economics whose first degree was not, or only partially in, economics as well as for those who have already studied a lot of economics and want to do an MSc that enables them with pluralist and heterodox understanding of the discipline.

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. You can also take additional classes across SOAS, such as language courses, training courses to use data software, and make use of the large network of private, public and non-governmental organisations to acquire practical experience in the field of politics, economics or development.

Why study MSc Political Economy of Development at SOAS?

  • we are ranked 8th in UK for student satisfaction with teaching (Guardian League Tables 2022)
  • 5th in London (Complete University Guide 2022)
  • The MSc provides rigorous training in both mainstream and heterodox economics
  • The programme makes explicit links between economic theories and the real world, using pluralist and political economy perspectives
  • The Master’s provides economic knowledge for specific regions, drawing on the rich regional expertise of SOAS
  • Contemporary topics (like environmental policies and the gendered effects of monetary and fiscal policies) are incorporated in the core modules of the programme; they are not just taught in optional modules
  • Make the most of SOAS’ wide range of language modules, the R coding and quantitative skills module to enhance skills working with data and software, and access the Department’s large network of private, public and non-governmental organisations to acquire practical experience in the field of politics, economics and/or development.

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

Course contact details

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