Scottish Graduate Programme in Economics

SGPE Summer School

The SGPE Summer School is a four-week conversion course for those who did not take Economics in their undergraduate degree, but who have a technical background, such as a good degree in science, engineering or maths.

It is also targeted at students with undergraduate degrees that did not contain sufficient concentration on the core subjects in economics, or as a refresher for those who have had a gap in their studies since their undergraduate.

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

A Welcome Lunch will be held on Sunday 28th July 2019. 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 29th July 2019.

The first lecture will take place at 2pm on Monday 29th July 2019.

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What to bring with you

Please also bring a copy of the textbooks  for the course. Copies of these books may be available from the main library.

You should bring a non-programmable calculator to the Mathematics exam.

Course materials

Course materials for 2019 will shortly be available.

You can download the course materials from previous years. Please note there are likely to be amendments for 2019.

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 included in your Welcome Pack at the Induction.

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 day of arrival 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 on 28th August 2019. 

We will inform you of your results and whether or not you have successfully progressed to the MSc on 29th August 2019.