Scottish Graduate Programme in Economics


The University of Edinburgh's world-leading School of Economics has a long and distinguished history.

University of Edinburgh

Edinburgh has long been a major centre for the study of Economics. In the eighteenth century, the age of the Scottish Enlightenment, economics was a prominent interest in the city, with David Hume, James Stuart, Adam Smith and Dugald Stewart all playing a part in Edinburgh’s intellectual life.

Edinburgh skyline
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Political economy was initially taught as a single course. In 1892, it became a component of the new MA Ordinary degree. An Economics honours degree was then introduced in 1898. The first Economics graduates, two in number, received their degrees in 1902. Now there are over 100 MA graduates annually. Postgraduate teaching took off in the mid-1950s and is now part of the Scottish Graduate Programme in Economics.

World-leading research

Many staff currently at the university are leaders in their field.

For example, John Hardman Moore is generally recognised to be one of the leading micro-theorists of his generation. Moore and other academics, such as Ed Hopkins, Jozsef Sakovics and Jonathan Thomas, regularly publish in the top five economics journals (American Economic Review, Econometrica, Quarterly Journal of Economics, Review of Economic Studies, Journal of Political Economy).

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