Economics with reference to the Middle East

Study mode:Part-time Languages: English Duration:12 months
Local:$ 12.9k / Academic year(s) Foreign:$ 22.2k / Academic year(s) Deadline: Jun 30, 2021
StudyQA ranking:1326

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All the courses offered by the Department of Economics approach the subject matter from a development perspective. Students on the MSc Economics with reference to the Middle East will complete courses on macro, micro, quantitative methods and growth. In addition, students must complete two courses dedicated to the study of the economics of MENA, as well as an optional module and a dissertation in applied economics with a focus on one or more countries of the Middle East.

The objectives of the programme are:
  • To enable students to apply the principles of economic analysis to the design of economic policy with reference to the Middle East
  • To teach postgraduates the technical and analytical skills to qualify them to practice as professional economists
  • To enable practising professional economists to improve and update their skills and knowledge
  • To impart the skills and knowledge that enable students to progress towards PhD research

Students will benefit from studying with experts on the economics of the Middle East within the Department. More broadly, a large number of open lectures on topics relating to the Middle East will be available in various departments of the School throughout the year.

The following is a complete list of courses in the programme, not all of which are offered in any single year. Please visit the relevant departmental website or contact the Faculty office to see the course on offer. Please note that some courses may be taught in other departments of the School.

Core Courses
  • Macroeconomics - 15PECC005 (0.4 Unit) - Term 2
  • Microeconomics - 15PECC006 (0.4 Unit) - Term 1
  • Growth & development - 15PECC007 (0.4 Unit) - Term 1
  • Quantitative methods I - 15PECC008 (0.4 Unit) - Term 1
  • Quantitative methods II - 15PECC045 (0.4 Unit) - Term 2
  • Dissertation for MSc Economics programmes - 15PECC998 (0.8 Unit) - Full Year
Students may choose TWO of the following Regional Courses:
  • Applied economics of the Middle East 1 - 15PECC028 (0.4 Unit) - Term 1
  • Applied economics of the Middle East 2 - 15PECC029 (0.4 Unit) - Term 2
And ONE from the following:
  • Capital markets, derivatives & corporate finance - 15PECC011 (0.4 Unit) - Term 1
  • Economics of environment and development - 15PECC048 (0.4 Unit) - Term 2
  • Financial systems and economic development - 15PECC036 (0.4 Unit) - Term 1
  • International economics 1 - 15PECC018 (0.4 Unit) - Term 1
  • International economics 2 - 15PECC019 (0.4 Unit) - Term 2
  • Political Economy of Agriculture and Food - 15PECC049 (0.4 Unit) - Term 2
  • Political economy of institutions - 15PECC020 (0.4 Unit) - Term 2
  • Theory of financial institutions & policy - 15PECC021 (0.4 Unit) - Term 2
Minimum upper second class honours degree (or equivalent) in Economics. Applicants without a first degree in Economics may be admitted to the Diploma in Economics in the first instance. Satisfactory completion of the Diploma, at a level acceptable to the School, may allow students to take the MSc in the following year. All students must complete and pass the Preliminary Mathematics and Statistics course which is taught over three weeks in August/September before the start of the MSc.English language requirementsIn order to ensure that SOAS students have a sufficient standard of English to study effectively, we require overseas students to submit evidence, during the application process, of their current level of proficiency.Score for Unconditional EntryIELTS: Overall 7+ with at least 7 in all sub scoresTOEFL: iBT105+ with at least 25 in all sub scoresPearson Test of English - Academic: Score of 75 or above with at least 70 in all sub scores English Language Requirements IELTS band: 7 TOEFL iBT® test: 105 IMPORTANT NOTE: Since April 2014 the ETS tests (including TOEFL and TOEIC) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.

Scholarships and Bursaries

There are some scholarships and bursaries available for postgraduate students. These are very competitive and early application is advised.

· The Ahmad Mustafa Abu-Hakima Bursary (programme must include studying the history of the modern Arab world)

· AKS Postgraduate Bursary (in Korean Studies)

· Bernard Buckman Scholarship (MA Chinese Studies, for UK/EU fee paying students)

· The Canon Collins Scholarships at SOAS. There are two scholarships available available in 2013-14 for study at SOAS. These scholarships are for Masters study in any subject field. Open a national of and resident in one of the following countries:
Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia, Zimbabwe. The application process normally opens in December and closes in February, for study commencing in September the following year. Please go to the Canon Collins website and click "Apply for A Scholarship" and then "Canon Collins Scholarship for Masters Study in the UK" for further information on how to apply.

· Commonwealth Shared Scholarship (for students from African Commonwealth countries)

· D.G.Hall Scholarship (Taught Masters programmes at SOAS, for applicants holding a Burma/Myanmar passport)

· Felix Scholarships (for Indian students)

· Ferguson Scholarships (for African nationals from an African Country)

· HSBC SOAS Scholarships (MA Sinology & MA Chinese Literature, for UK/EU fee paying students)

· Kamran Djam Scholarships (MA Iranian Studies)

· Professor Stuart Wilson Scholarship (MA South East Asian Studies)

· Standard Chartered Scholarships (for a range of full-time Taught Masters programmes. The programmes relate to Asia, Africa, and the Middle East/NorthAfrica)

· Tibawi Trust Awards (for Palestinian students currently enrolled in a programme at SOAS)

· SOAS Master's Scholarships - Faculty of Arts & Humanities - (for any full-time taught masters programme in the Faculty of Arts & Humanities)

· SOAS Master's Scholarships - Faculty of Language & Cultures (for the full-time MA Gender Studies, MA Postcolonial Studies, MA Linguistics, MA Applied Linguistics & Language Pedagogy, MA Language, Documentation and Description, MA Translation Theory and Practice (Asian and African Languages)

· SOAS Master's Scholarships- Faculty of Law and Social Sciences (for any full-time master's programmes in the Department of Development Studies, Economics, Law, Politics & International Studies and Financial & Management Studies)

· Tallow Chandlers and M. W Beer scholarship (MA) (MA Anthropology of Food, for UK/EU fee paying students)

· William Ross Murray Scholarship (LLM, for students from a developing country)

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