Scottish Graduate Programme in Economics

SGPE Summer School

The SGPE Summer School is a four-week conversion course, designed as an entry qualification to our MSc Economics programmes.

It is typically for applicants who haven’t taken sufficiently advanced economics courses during their undergraduate degree, or those who haven’t specialised in economics but have a technical background, such as a good degree in science or maths.

The Summer School covers microeconomics and macroeconomics to an intermediate level. It is delivered every August; students who successfully meet the required level can proceed onto the MSc in September. There is also a subsequent  Basic Statistics Course held in early September,  although this is not formally examined.

Self-study for the summer school

Photo of students in the Business School cafe
© Paul Dodds/The University of Edinburgh

You must prepare in advance by undertaking a self-study course in Mathematics.  Your first exam will take place on the first day of the Summer School and will count 20% towards your Progression to the MSc.  This five-week self-study course should take about 5 – 20 hours per week depending on your academic background. 

Self-study course in Mathematics

Arrival and Welcome

We will hold an online Welcome Event and induction before the start of the Summer School, on Friday 31st July 2020. This will be an opportunity to meet your fellow students, staff and students who have previously attended the Summer School.

The Summer School starts with a Mathematics exam, this will take place on Monday 3rd August 2020.

The first lecture will take place at 2pm on Monday 3rd August 2020.

Recommended Resources

We recommend that you access the textbooks for the course. 

You should have a non-programmable calculator to use for the Mathematics exam.

Course materials

You can download the course materials from previous years. Please note there are likely to be amendments for 2020.

Intermediate Macroeconomics and Intermediate Microeconomics Course Materials

Summer school information

The Summer School handbook outlines what is expected of you and the academic and pastoral support that is available. The handbook will be provided to you prior to the Induction.

This webpage will include links to the Summer School timetable once confirmed.

Progression to MSc

You are probably taking the Summer School in order to meet a condition of your MSc offer, the exact details of which can be found in your offer.

The Mathematics exam that you sit on the first day of the programme will count 20% towards your Progression to the MSc, and each intermediate course will count for 40%.

Your Summer School exam marks will be confirmed at the Summer School exam board in early September 2020. 

We will inform you of your results, and whether or not you have successfully progressed to the MSc, following the exam board.