Scottish Graduate Programme in Economics


About the Heriot-Watt Department of Economics and the Centre for Economic Reform and Transformation.

Heriot-Watt University

The department provides a lively and stimulating environment of enquiry and debate. There are 15 economics teaching staff and around 200 undergraduate students.

Teaching is supported by links with a research unit investigating the transformation of Eastern European economies and by the varied research interests of the staff.

The Scottish inventor James Watt for whom Heriot-Watt University was named.












To do their work effectively, economists need to be able to understand the complex nature of the economics problems which face late twentieth century societies.

Unemployment, taxation, trade flows, third world development, pollution, and political and economics restructuring in former communist countries are some of the problems on which economists at Heriot-Watt University are working.

Centre for Economic Reform and Transformation

Established in 1990, the research of the Centre for Economic Reform and Transformation (CERT) focuses on the emerging economies of Central and Eastern Europe, the former Soviet Union and East Asia.

CERT is active in a wide range of research and consultancy activities, and also offers educational opportunities for postgraduate students and visiting scholars.

Student support

The Economics department is located in a modern building with good computing and library facilities. An excellent relationship prevails between staff and students. The atmosphere is informal and friendly, with an excellent relationship between staff and students. Staff display a genuine concern for students’ academic progress and general well-being.

Successful graduates

Heriot-Watt economics graduates are highly successful in finding jobs in banking, insurance, investment analysis, accountancy, manufacturing industry, the civil service, the armed forces, the police and even undertaking. An increasing proportion of graduates go on to take higher degrees at home or abroad, where they find themselves well prepared for advanced study.

Heriot-Watt University's Department of Accountancy, Economics & Finance website