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Economics/Economics (Finance) - Scottish Graduate Programme MSc

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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.

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

Our MSc programmes are research oriented and primarily act as a pathway into PhD study or a career as a professional economist.

Entry requirements

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

Some applicants may receive an offer conditional on a good performance at our SGPE Summer School or on taking a graduate admissions exam such as a GMAT or a GRE.

If, after visiting our webpage on 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 20 in speaking and writing, and 23 in listening and reading)
  • 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.

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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.

With your application please also upload a document with a clear summary of the curriculum and the main texts 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. The programme is challenging, uses a lot of mathematics, is technical and highly focused on theory.

We don’t cover management or accounting on our MSc.

See our programme webpage for more information and a video about studying with us:

Subject to final approval, we hope to an MSc Economics (Econometrics) degree for enrolment in September 2015. Students interested in applying for this should submit an application for an MSc Economics degree and we will transfer them to the new degree when it is available.

The masters programme is taught in Edinburgh and 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: Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Heriot-Watt, St Andrews, Stirling and Strathclyde.

Programme structure

Your choice of Economics or Economics (Finance) will determine which courses you take within your degree programme.

See our programme webpage for more information about courses.

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.

Career opportunities

Our 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.

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