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We offer a research-oriented MSc that provides you with a high-quality and thorough training in economics. MSc is challenging, uses a lot of Maths and is highly theoretical. The programme lasts one year (or two years if taken part time) and leads to the award of MSc Economics or MSc Economics (Finance). It is perfect preparation for a career as a professional economist or for PhD research.
The masters programme is taught centrally in Edinburgh and the degree awarded by the University of Edinburgh, but is part of the Scottish Graduate Programme in Economics (SGPE), a unique collaborative venture that combines the teaching expertise of eight Scottish universities: Edinburgh, Glasgow, Heriot-Watt, St Andrews, Stirling, Dundee, Aberdeen and Strathclyde.
The minimum entry requirement is a UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in economics or mathematics. We look for high grades in university-level courses, covering introductory integration, probability theory and linear algebra. Some applicants may given an offer that is conditional on a good performance at our SGPE Summer School.
We do not require you to submit a GRE or GMAT result when you apply, but if you have taken the exam we will be happy to receive the result. We do occasionally issue offers which specify that a student must achieve a specific result on a graduate admissions exam. In general we look for a quantitative reasoning result in the top 20%.
If you are uncertain if you qualify, you are welcome to email a scanned transcript of your marks for informal feedback.
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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, 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.
You will join the Scottish economic community, attending varied 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.
Your choice of Economics or Economics (Finance) will determine which courses you take within your degree programme: all students take the same compulsory courses, and three optional courses, but the options available to students taking the MSc in Economics (Finance) are restricted to a finance-focused selection.
The programme has five main elements:
There are six compulsory core courses, comprising two each in microeconomics, macroeconomics and econometrics.
Choose three optional courses:
Choose three optional courses:
The core and option courses are examined in April/May each year. After these exams, successful students write a dissertation of between 8,000 and 10,000 words, for submission in August.
For those intending to pursue a PhD, the dissertation is often on a topic that relates to your proposed area of research.
Our MSc graduates have found employment in a wide variety of private and public organisations including in financial services, with the civil service (the Government Economic Service and the Department for International Development), with overseas development agencies, and as research economists with journals and media agencies.
Our MSc programmes are research oriented and primarily act as a pathway into PhD study, with roughly 25% of MSc students progressing to PhD studyat Edinburgh and elsewhere.
This article was published on Aug 27, 2014