M.Sc. Finance (Major: Economic Policy)

  • Blended
  • 24 months
  • GBP9960 Year (International)
  • English
SOAS, University of London | London, United Kingdom
The MSc Finance (major: Economic Policy) is designed principally for postgraduates working on economic policy in government, central banks, other public organisations, international institutions and consultancy. It enables you to deepen your understanding of the principles, applications, and context underlying economic policy with a focus on policy's financial aspects.

Description of Finance (Major: Economic Policy)


Teaching & Learning

The MSc is made up of eight courses. Each course is studied in eight-week sessions. You can only take one course at a time, but each course is typically available in at least two of the year's study sessions. This gives you the flexibility to plan how you study during the year, enabling you to fit your study in with your professional, family and personal commitments.

You will be individually assigned an online academic tutor for the duration of each course with whom you can discuss academic queries at regular intervals during the study session. You will also have a named administrator providing you with help and advice throughout your studies.

Before the start of each course you have enrolled in, you will be sent a package containing all of the course materials that you need to complete the course - the core text, textbooks, a collection of key articles, and any course related software.

To make your experience as a distance learning student more complete and rewarding, we provide access to the Online Study Centre, which is a web-accessed learning environment. Via the OSC, you can communicate with your assigned academic tutor, administrators and other students on the course using discussion forums. The OSC also provides access to the course Study Guide and assignments, as well as a selection of electronic journals available on the University of London Online Library.

For each course, you will sit a three-hour examination, held on a specified date in October, and complete two assignments during the course study session. Assignments are submitted and feedback given online. Examinations and assignments are weighted 70:30.

Detailed Course Facts

Tuition fee
  • GBP 9960 Year (International)
Start date November  2015, February  2016, April  2016, June  2016, August  2016
Duration full-time 24 months
  • English
Take an IELTS test
Delivery mode Blended
Educational variant Full-time
Structure Fully structured
Student interaction Online group works/assignments
Attendance No Attendance
Teacher support Continuous support with feedback on request

Course Content

You will choose five core courses.

  • Macroeconomic Policy & Financial Markets
  • Microeconomic Principles & Policy
  • International Finance
  • The International Monetary Fund & Economic Policy
  • Public Financial Management: Planning & Performance
  • Public Financial Management: Revenue

You will also choose three courses from the list of electives or core courses.

  • Project Appraisal & Impact Analysis
  • Finance in the Global Market
  • Bank Regulation & Resolution of Banking Crises
  • Banking & Capital Markets
  • Quantitative Methods for Financial Management
  • Risk Management: Principles & Applications
  • Econometric Principles & Data Analysis
  • Econometric Analysis & Applications
  • Financial Econometrics
  • Derivatives
  • Modelling Firms & Markets
  • Corporate Finance
  • Corporate Governance
  • Research Methods
  • Dissertation

English Language Requirements

IELTS take IELTS test
TOEFL paper-based test score (read more)
TOEFL iBT® test (read more)

IMPORTANT NOTE: Per 6 April 2015 only the English language tests from IELTS and Trinity College London are accepted for Tier 4 Visa applications to the United Kingdom. Other tests (including TOEFL, TOEIC, Pearson, City & Guilds) 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. Since the Trinity College London language tests must be taken in one of their exam centres in the UK, IELTS is now the only language test accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK that can be taken worldwide.

The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.

Requirements for Finance (Major: Economic Policy)

Minimum Entry Requirements:

You should have a good first degree, from a recognised university, in economics, business or other appropriate discipline (qualifications in other subjects will be assessed on their merits). You are required to have internet access in order to participate in this programme.

English language requirements:

You are required to have a high level of English language ability in reading, writing and study skills. Where English is a second language, applicants will be asked to provide evidence of language ability as tested by the British Council or another registered body

Work Experience for Finance (Major: Economic Policy)

No work experience is required.

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