School of Economics

Prospective undergraduates

You can choose to study economics alone (called single honours) or combine it with another subject and gain a joint honours degree.


Workload details across the four years of the economics degree

Years 1 & 2 (pre-honours)

Your undergraduate degree in economics will cover a comprehensive range of subjects, equipping you for further study and professional life.

Joint degrees

Details of possible subject combinations for a joint honours degree with Economics

Years 3 & 4 (honours)

The last two years of your economics degree offer opportunity for deeper study of essential themes learned in the first two years.

Year abroad

You have an opportunity to spend your third year studying abroad, with a wide variety of destinations in Europe, America, Australia and Asia to choose from.


Videos offering an insight into the experience of studying economics at the University of Edinburgh

Planning your career

The University of Edinburgh is listed as one of the best in the world for the international mobility of its students.

Student testimonials

These are some of our students' thoughts on what it's like to study economics at the University of Edinburgh.
Where do our students come from

How to apply

Everything you need to know about applying can be found on the central admissions pages.

Where do our students come from?

Our students come from all over the world. This map shows some of the countries that the new students in 2020 have come from.

Further information

Download a pdf with lots of additional information.