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    Hiii!

    So I'm applying for BSc Economics at SOAS and have a few questions;

    1) How 'mathsy' is the course?
    2) What support is there available for applying to internships/jobs?
    3) How would you rate the teaching?
    4) How employable are BSc Econ graduates from SOAS?

    Thank youuuuu!
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    Hi samiimas


    Glad to see you're interested in SOAS!

    To answer your questions...

    1. Did you study Maths at A levels? BSc's are more mathsy in general. BSc degrees will incorporate advance mathematical and statistical techniques to make analysis, forecast and apply theories etc. If you got a B or above in A level maths, then I think you'll be more than ready to do a BSc Economics with us. There's some mandatory courses you have to take like Quantitative methods for Economists but as you progress, you may have the option to bypass some of them and take other courses such as Banking and Finance, International Economics etc.

    We also have a BA Econ degree which you can combine with a language or Development Studies or Geography etc. If math isn't your forte.

    2. We have a careers centre along with a vast amount of professors, advisor etc which can help you secure an internship or a graduate level job. As more and more people graduate and less and less jobs becomes available the most important thing you have to do is to get involved with the careers services from day 1 and to do several summer internships or consider doing a placement year if its available. Remember, you're not just competing against everyone in your class, but against all of the UK. It's important to get a degree and to get significant amount of experience.

    3. In a poll we did, almost 90% of the students rated the teaching highly. Oh... and we're ranked 15th for Economics in UK for teaching!

    4. SOAS is the world's leading institution for the study of Asia, Africa and the Middle East. So when you enrol with us, you'll be learning about economics in 75% of the world. That's more than you'll get anywhere else! Econ grads are in high demand because we have a thorough understanding of majority of the world and by living in London, you'll be getting the rest of the western world by just living in the capital. Some of grads have gone on to work for PWC, HSBC, a variety of NGOs, UN etc. They work as analyst, consultants, advisers, political assistants, economic developers etc. the list goes on and on!

    What is it that you're interested in doing with your degree?

    ~Mike
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    Hi samiimas


    Glad to see you're interested in SOAS!

    To answer your questions...

    1. Did you study Maths at A levels? BSc's are more mathsy in general. BSc degrees will incorporate advance mathematical and statistical techniques to make analysis, forecast and apply theories etc. If you got a B or above in A level maths, then I think you'll be more than ready to do a BSc Economics with us. There's some mandatory courses you have to take like Quantitative methods for Economists but as you progress, you may have the option to bypass some of them and take other courses such as Banking and Finance, International Economics etc.

    We also have a BA Econ degree which you can combine with a language or Development Studies or Geography etc. If math isn't your forte.

    2. We have a careers centre along with a vast amount of professors, advisor etc which can help you secure an internship or a graduate level job. As more and more people graduate and less and less jobs becomes available the most important thing you have to do is to get involved with the careers services from day 1 and to do several summer internships or consider doing a placement year if its available. Remember, you're not just competing against everyone in your class, but against all of the UK. It's important to get a degree and to get significant amount of experience.

    3. In a poll we did, almost 90% of the students rated the teaching highly. Oh... and we're ranked 15th for Economics in UK for teaching!

    4. SOAS is the world's leading institution for the study of Asia, Africa and the Middle East. So when you enrol with us, you'll be learning about economics in 75% of the world. That's more than you'll get anywhere else! Econ grads are in high demand because we have a thorough understanding of majority of the world and by living in London, you'll be getting the rest of the western world by just living in the capital. Some of grads have gone on to work for PWC, HSBC, a variety of NGOs, UN etc. They work as analyst, consultants, advisers, political assistants, economic developers etc. the list goes on and on!

    What is it that you're interested in doing with your degree?

    ~Mike
    WOOW! Thank you very much for prompt and detailed response :groovy:

    I'm actually open to what career I'd like to pursue after graduating, but I'm aiming for the financial sector.
    So is there an option to do a placement year at SOAS with BSc Economics?
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    (Original post by samiimas)
    WOOW! Thank you very much for prompt and detailed response :groovy:

    I'm actually open to what career I'd like to pursue after graduating, but I'm aiming for the financial sector.
    So is there an option to do a placement year at SOAS with BSc Economics?
    samiimas


    Currently we have a deal in place with Santander who will provide scholarships and fund internship opportunities. This is typically 3-5 months. We also provide career guidance and opportunities to do summer internships at places such as the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE). It's all about being aggressive and using all the variety of different services from day one. There's also micro placements (2 weeks opportunities) to intern and shadow a variety of different companies. I believe year long placements will be talked about at the next committee member meeting.

    Economics will give you the ability to analyse, report and write really well. Which bodes well if you decide to not do finance or economics in the future. Some of our graduates have actually went on to find success as Journalist. The sky is the limit!

    ~Mike
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    People I have a major question. Basically I'm studying Economics but now I realize what I really want to do is mathematics and economics but my university does not offer mathematics. Because I really do want to teach maths in the future. What do I do? Im in my first year at Uni and its been about month since I've been here. Its only now I realize my love for maths.
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    samiimas


    Currently we have a deal in place with Santander who will provide scholarships and fund internship opportunities. This is typically 3-5 months. We also provide career guidance and opportunities to do summer internships at places such as the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE). It's all about being aggressive and using all the variety of different services from day one. There's also micro placements (2 weeks opportunities) to intern and shadow a variety of different companies. I believe year long placements will be talked about at the next committee member meeting.

    Economics will give you the ability to analyse, report and write really well. Which bodes well if you decide to not do finance or economics in the future. Some of our graduates have actually went on to find success as Journalist. The sky is the limit!

    ~Mike
    Cool thank you very much Mike for your helpful response, much appreciated.
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    (Original post by samiimas)
    Cool thank you very much Mike for your helpful response, much appreciated.
    samiimas No problemoooo! Please do come and introduce yourself on the 2016 Application Thread we have. It's always nice to be able to meet other people, have some witty banter and see what others who are interested in going to SOAS are getting up to across the UK and the world!

    Hopefully I'll see you there! :danceboy:

    ~Mike
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    (Original post by wisegirl)
    People I have a major question. Basically I'm studying Economics but now I realize what I really want to do is mathematics and economics but my university does not offer mathematics. Because I really do want to teach maths in the future. What do I do? Im in my first year at Uni and its been about month since I've been here. Its only now I realize my love for maths.
    Dear wisegirl


    Every university is different but at SOAS we have a student information desk which deals with course changes. As it's really late into the term, we usually advise students to go to their faculty department, explain their situation and if it's a programme that shares a lot of classes together, our students are allowed to transfer over (they might have to take additional classes in following terms in order to make up what they missed etc.). Our students who transfer over has to fill out some paperwork, get it signed off by their personal tutors, department heads, and the admission team.

    I advise you to go to your faculty department and ask them of their process. Hopefully they're really understanding and you'll be able to transfer over and follow your passion!

    I hope this helps!

    ~Mike
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    Hi,
    I'm applying at SOAS economic development and I have some questions , too.
    A) what is the difference between SOAS and other universities?
    B) how many hours every day shall I dedicate to study? Can I look for a little job?
    C). How many students are there for each teacher?
    D ) what is the main difference between economic development and economic and development studies, just one math exam?

    Thank you so much!
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    (Original post by Franci1)
    Hi,
    I'm applying at SOAS economic development and I have some questions , too.
    A) what is the difference between SOAS and other universities?
    B) how many hours every day shall I dedicate to study? Can I look for a little job?
    C). How many students are there for each teacher?
    D ) what is the main difference between economic development and economic and development studies, just one math exam?

    Thank you so much!
    Franci1


    We have two degree programmes:

    1.Development Economics
    2.Economics and Development Studies

    One of the main difference between the two is that Development Economics students will take the majority of their courses within the department whereas, Economics and Development Studies students will spilt their time evenly.

    So what exactly does that mean? It means, BSc Development Economic students will focus more on the statistical and econometrical tools and learn to apply them to real issues in the countries of Africa, Asia and the Middle East. It focuses more on the use of advanced mathematical and statistical techniques in economic analysis and its applications. These students will gain a firm understanding of the basic theoretical and analytical tools. It is grounded in economic theory and analysis with an emphasis on developing nations. As you progress,you'll learn and be able to specialise on economic development in specific regions.

    BA Economics and Developement Studies students will focus on micro and macro economics as well as quantitative methods which you can use in economic related professions. It's much more focus on developing your skills as an economist. You'll also touch upon finance which will help you understand the causes and consequences of global financial crisis and how the world is interconnected in general.


    What's the difference between SOAS and other universities? I think you'll find that answer in our reputation. We are the world's leading institution for the study of Asia, Africa and the Middle East. You'll learn how to apply economic and development theories to 75% of the world. Parts of the world where most nations are underdeveloped. By focusing and specialising on these regions, you'll be able to help millions of people receive the help they need and even if you decide to focus on the western world, you'll have the knowledge and the insight to know how to avoid potentially disastrous situations. You'll truly be getting a global education at SOAS. Last year our entry class represented over 160 countries. Our staff have lived, studied and made significant contributions from the smallest of villages and towns to the biggest and most powerful cities in the world.

    There's many other differences between SOAS and other universities, but when you talk about meeting the world, and challenging perspectives in a complex world, people think of us.


    We always advocate getting a part time job on the side of studying. It's not enough any more just to go to uni and to graduate. Companies would want to see the soft skills you possess such as time management. Getting involved in societies, clubs, sports and a part time job is highly recommended. In terms of study time outside of class. It's hard to say. As it has more to do with how fast you absorb the materials, how fast you read etc. No matter where you go, unis will place more emphasis on you as an independent learner. You'll spend 2-4 hours in class and be expected to spend as long as it takes outside of class to master the content. For the 'average' student, you can expect to spend 4-6 hours each afternoon or evening studying. Of course, if you're a slower reader then you should add in some more time. We suggest taking a self-assessment every so often to see if that is enough time or whether you need to increase it to be adequately prepared for class. We advocate buying your book early and start reading it before class starts, during breaks etc. Always look for ways to get ahead. That way, if you get ill or have an emergency, you're still on schedule.

    Lastly, classes in the beginning starts bigger and after your first year, gets dramatically smaller as you pick different modules and specialise in different things. Your first lecture - Introduction to Economics (for example) might have 50 people in the lecture, but in your tutorial groups you'll have 12-15 students, which allows for greater one on one experience and exposure to the professor. We were ranked for the 3rd best student-staff ratio in 2014 and tops percent in 2015. Which is really good as we have the 15th best department for Economics in the UK according to the Guardian.

    Does that answer your qeustion? Sorry for the huge block of text ! Lol. :yeah:

    ~Mike
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    (Original post by samiimas)
    Hiii!

    So I'm applying for BSc Economics at SOAS and have a few questions;

    1) How 'mathsy' is the course?
    2) What support is there available for applying to internships/jobs?
    3) How would you rate the teaching?
    4) How employable are BSc Econ graduates from SOAS?

    Thank youuuuu!
    Regarding Question 4 i think you can stand out with the econ degree from sons if you intend to apply to big investment banks or financial organisations.
    I often found that employers are interested when you talk that at SOAS there is a lot of emphasis on developing markets and so on.

    Indeed in finance and IB you have much more chance of getting a grad job or an internship if you are from a target school (LSE, Oxbridge etc). Nevertheless as I said above you have to use facts about SOAS wisely in your applications which can make you stand out.
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    Thank you very much for the VERY helpful answers.It looks quite fascinating and different from other courses and now I Know why.
    Thank you.
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    (Original post by Franci1)
    Thank you very much for the VERY helpful answers.It looks quite fascinating and different from other courses and now I Know why.
    Thank you.
    Franci1


    You are very welcome! If you need any additional help, please don't hesitate to @ me - SOAS Student Helper or to make it easier, just write in our 2016 Application Thread. Looking forward to hearing from you soon! :five:

    ~Mike
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    Hi there,

    I am currently having this dilemma on choosing Bsc Economics or BA Economics and Politics.

    May I know whats the differences in terms of employability between these two courses and the scope of careers later on?

    Thank you.
 
 
 
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