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Our MSc is an in-depth programme that will equip you with the tools a professional economist needs to work in government, international organisations and business, or to carry out economic research.
The programme is taught as a University of Edinburgh degree but but is part of the Scottish Graduate Programme in Economics (SGPE), a unique collaborative consortium of eight Scottish universities that provides the teaching staff for the MSc. The intimate links formed with academics across Scotland is particularly beneficial for those considering PhD study.
The minimum entry requirement is a UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in economics or mathematics. We look for high grades from well ranked institutions in university-level courses covering introductory integration, probability theory and linear algebra.
We look for applicants to have a very strong grounding in economics or other quantitative subjects.
All applicants must meet our general entry and language requirements. Detailed advice for international students is available here:
We will give you a rigorous training in the core areas of economics to make you proficient in the latest analytical and quantitative techniques. You will receive a firm grounding in mathematical and econometric techniques, microeconomics and macroeconomics, including their application to new economic problems.
You will join the Scottish economic community, attending various seminars and events, such as lectures given by Scottish Government economists and our residential methodology conference in Crieff. Such exposure has wide-ranging benefits, including helping guide your career choices.
The programme has five main elements: preliminary courses in mathematics and econometrics; six compulsory courses over two semesters; a residential methodology weekend; three optional courses; and a dissertation on a subject of your choice.
Pre-sessional Mathematics and Pre-sessional Econometrics.
There are six compulsory core courses, comprising two each in microeconomics, macroeconomics and econometrics.
Students taking the MSc in Economics (Finance) must take three of the following:
The core and option courses are examined in April/May 2014. After these exams, successful students write a dissertation over the summer of between 8,000 and 10,000 words, for submission in August.
With the dissertation students have the opportunity to study in depth a topic largely of their own choosing. The students themselves identify a topic and a suitable and willing supervisor (from amoung the eight Universities). It is the component of a master’s programme at which the student progresses from structured coursework to independent study.
Our MSc graduates have gone on to find work in a great many fields, including in the professional settings they encountered as part of their masters studies. This programme can also form the first year of a four-year PhD programme at the School of Economics or any of the other SGPE collaborating institutions.
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This article was published on Apr 25, 2013