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Economics / Economics (Econometrics) / Economics (Finance) - Scottish Graduate Programme MSc

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MSc Economics (Econometrics) - 1 Year (Full-time)
MSc Economics (Econometrics) - 2 Years (Part-time)
MSc Economics (Finance) - 1 Year (Full-time)
MSc Economics (Finance) - 2 Years (Part-time)
MSc Economics (Scottish Graduate Programme) - 1 Year (Full-time)
MSc Economics (Scottish Graduate Programme) - 2 Years (Part-time)

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Contact information
Postgraduate Administrator
Phone: +44 (0)131 651 1764
Professor Jonathan Thomas (Programme Director)
Phone: +44 (0)131 651 1764
Address: School of Economics
30/31 Buccleuch Place
Central Campus

We offer an MSc that provides you with a high-quality and thorough training in economics. Our MSc is technical and highly focused on theory and uses a lot of Maths.

The programme lasts one year (or two years if taken part time) and leads to the award of MSc Economics, MSc Economics (Finance), or MSc Economics (Econometrics).

Our MSc programmes are research oriented and primarily act as a pathway into PhD study or a career as a professional economist. The programmes are recognised by the UK's Economics and Social Research Council (ESRC) as a route to a PhD in Economics.

Entry requirements

Our programme is open to eligible applicants from anywhere in the world, however, our entry requirements are high and entry to the programme is very competitive.

We look for applicants to have a very strong grounding in economics or other quantitative subjects.

Some applicants may receive an offer that is conditional on a good performance at our summer school or on taking a graduate admissions exam (see eligibility webpage for details of what we often request on graduate admissions exams)

If, after reading our eligibility requirements, you are uncertain if you qualify, you are welcome to email a scanned transcript of your marks for informal feedback.

International qualifications

Check whether your international qualifications meet our general entry requirements:

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your spoken and written English:

  • IELTS: total 7.0 (at least 6.5 in reading and listening, and 6.0 in all other sections)
  • TOEFL-iBT: total 100 (at least 23 in listening and reading, and 20 in speaking and writing)
  • PTE(A): total 67 (at least 61 in listening and reading, and 56 in speaking and writing)
  • CAE and CPE: total 185 (at least 176 in listening and reading, and 169 in speaking and writing)

If you completed a CAE or CPE before January 2015 please contact the Admissions Office for the accepted grades.

Find out more about our language requirements:

How to apply

You must submit a reference with your application.

We encourage you to apply at least one month prior to entry so that we have enough time to process your application. If you are also applying for funding or will require a visa then we strongly recommend you apply as early as possible. We may consider late applications if we have places available, but you should contact the relevant Admissions Office for advice first.

As part of your online application please upload a document with a clear summary of the curriculum and the titles and authors of the main textbooks used in your most advanced microeconomics, macroeconomics and econometrics courses.

Find out more about the general application process for postgraduate programmes:

Programme description

We offer a research-oriented MSc that provides you with a high-quality and thorough training in economics and econometrics.

The programme is challenging, uses a lot of mathematics and statistics, is technical and highly focused on analytical theory.

The masters programme is taught in Edinburgh and awarded by the University of Edinburgh, but is part of a unique collaborative venture that combines the teaching expertise of eight Scottish universities: Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Heriot-Watt, St Andrews, Stirling and Strathclyde.

Programme structure

The MSc programme consists of preliminary, core and optional courses, a residential weekend and a dissertation.

All our economics masters programmes consist predominantly of economics content, specialised content is restricted to three option courses.

We do not offer an online distance learning programme for our Masters.

Learning outcomes

Our MSc is an in-depth programme that will equip you with the tools a professional economist needs to work in government or in international organisations, or to carry out economic research.

We will give you rigorous training in the core areas of economics to make you proficient in the latest analytical and quantitative techniques. You will also receive a firm grounding in mathematical and econometric techniques, microeconomics and macroeconomics, including their application to new economic problems.

Career opportunities

Our graduates have found employment in a wide variety of private and public organisations in the UK and abroad including in financial services, with the civil service (in the UK the Government Economic Service and the Department for International Development), and as economists with overseas development agencies and international institutions, and as research economists with journals and media agencies.

Our MSc programmes are research oriented and primarily act as a pathway into PhD study, and are the only Economics and Social Research Council (ESRC) recognised pathway to PhD Economics study in Scotland.

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