Undergraduate study - 2018 entry

MA Economics and Politics

UCAS code: LL12

Duration: 4 years

Delivery: Full-time

School: Economics

College: Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

Study abroad

Introducing MA Economics and Politics

This popular combined programme provides a natural combination of two core social science disciplines.

There are many potentially creative tensions between the two disciplines, which reflect the different modes of analysis traditionally used in economics and political science.

The traditional links between economics and political science have been strengthened in recent years by the rapidly growing research programme into new political economy.

Our joint programme exploits these links and tensions through a wide variety of optional honours courses.

Year 1

Economics 1; Introduction to Politics and International Relations; Political Thinkers; and one option course.

Year 2

Economics 2; International Cooperation in Europe and Beyond; Statistical Methods for Economics; Comparative Politics in a Globalised World; and one option course.

Year 3

Topics in Microeconomics; Essentials of Econometrics; either Applications of Econometrics or Topics in Macroeconomics; either Global Justice and Citizenship or Approaches to Politics and International Relations; one politics honours option and one option course from either economics or politics.

Year 4

A dissertation in economics or politics; two economics honours option courses and two politics honours option courses.

Programme structure

Find out more about the compulsory and optional courses in this degree programme.

To give you an idea of what you will study on this programme, we publish the latest available information. However, please note this may not be for your year of entry, but for a different academic year.

Programme structure (2017/18)

Our facilities

Teaching takes place across the Central Area campus. You will have access to all the University’s libraries and computer labs.

Study abroad

The School of Economics exchange programme offers opportunities to study in Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, USA, Canada, Argentina, Mexico and within Europe (Erasmus).

Guaranteed study abroad funding for students required to complete a year abroad

How will I learn?

Courses are taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops and web-based learning.

The MathsBase and Economics Help Desk offer students help and support throughout their programme.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed by exams, coursework, project reports and presentations. In your fourth year you will complete an honours dissertation.

Programme details

Find out more about this programme's aims, what you will learn, how you will be assessed and what skills and knowledge you will develop.

To give you an idea of what to expect from this programme, we publish the latest available information. However, please note this may not be for your year of entry, but for a different academic year.

Programme details (2017/18)

Our graduates are highly regarded by employers.

The skills you learn during your programme will equip you for careers in accountancy, business, management and consultancy, or for work in aid agencies, not-for-profit organisations or government departments.

Many previous graduates have entered the finance sector and some large financial firms actively recruit Edinburgh graduates.

Typical offer

The typical offer is likely to be:

  • SQA Highers: AAAAA.
  • A Levels: A*AA.
  • IB: 43 points (grades 776 at HL).

Minimum entry requirements

  • SQA Highers: ABBB by end of S5 or ABBBB/AABB including Maths. BBB must be achieved in a single sitting by end of S5. National 5 English at Grade C.
  • A Levels: ABB including Mathematics, or AS Mathematics at A (if A Level is not taken). GCSEs: English at Grade C or 4.
  • IB: Award of Diploma with 34 points overall and grades 655 in HL subjects. Mathematics is required at HL 5, or SL 6 (if not taken at HL), and English at SL 5. IB applicants should note that Maths Studies is not accepted for any of our Economics programmes.

Find out more about entry requirements

International students

We welcome applications from students studying a wide range of international qualifications.

Entry requirements by country

International Foundation Programme

If you are an international student and your school qualifications are not accepted for direct entry to the University you may be eligible for admission to this degree programme through our International Foundation Programme.

International Foundation Programme

You must provide evidence that your written and spoken English is at a level that will enable you to succeed in your studies.

English language tests

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

  • IELTS Academic module overall 6.5 with 5.5 in each component
  • TOEFL-iBT 92 or above with 20 in each section
  • Cambridge English: Advanced or Proficiency overall 176 with 162 in each component
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic): Total 61 with at least 51 in each "Communicative Skills" section
  • Trinity ISE: ISE II with a distinction in all four components

About English language requirements

SQA and GCSE

For SQA and GCSE students, unless a higher level is specified in the stated entry requirements, a pass is required in English at the following grades or higher:

  • SQA National 5 Grade C
  • SQA Standard Grade 3
  • SQA Intermediate 1 Grade A
  • SQA Intermediate 2 Grade C
  • GCSE Grade C or 4
  • IB Standard Level Grade 5

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Tuition Fees

Tuition fees for MA Economics and Politics

Additional costs

Textbooks are required, which cost about £100.

Funding

For more information on how much it will cost to study with us and the financial support available see our fees and funding information.

Fees and funding

More information

How to apply

School: Economics

College: Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences