School of Economics

Course detail

A joint honours degree can be a great way to expand upon the skills that you will develop in your Economics degree programme.

Economics and Accounting

This combined programme is particularly useful if you are planning to take accountancy qualifications after graduation.

If you choose the recommended modules, you may be able to gain exemption from a number of the professional qualifying exams of the main Accounting Institutes, and gain full accreditation by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland.

The learning outcomes of the two subjects are complementary, both in terms of knowledge and wider-ranging skills such as IT and data interpretation (for example: corporate and public sector accounts).

Economics and Mathematics

Mathematical techniques provide important tools for rigorous economic analysis.

This combined programme complements the basic grounding in and applications of mathematical techniques, provided within the Economics programme, with a more thorough and rigorous development of mathematical principles.

The programme provides an excellent background if you have good mathematical abilities, and if you want to pursue a relatively technical career in an area such as finance and insurance (including actuarial work), or if you would like to proceed to graduate study of economics.

Economics and Politics

This popular combined programme provides a natural combination of two core social science disciplines.

There are many potentially creative tensions between the two disciplines, which reflect the different modes of analysis traditionally used in economics and political science.

The traditional links between economics and political science have been strengthened in recent years by the rapidly growing research programme into new political economy.

Our joint programme exploits these links and tensions through a wide variety of optional honours courses.

Economics and Statistics

Statistical techniques act as an important tool if you're interested in economic theory (e.g. risk management and finance) or applied economic analysis (econometrics).

In parallel with its sister programme in Economics and Mathematics, this joint programme complements the basic grounding in and applications of statistical techniques which is provided within the Economics programme, with a more thorough and rigorous development of statistical principles.

If maths is one of your strengths, this programme will provide you with an excellent background for the pursuit of relatively technical careers in areas such as finance and insurance (including actuarial work), or if you would like to proceed on to graduate study of economics.

Economics with Environmental Studies

This innovative combined programme enables you to complement the study of economics with a structured menu of courses in environmental studies offered by a wide variety of departments across the University, including:

  • biological sciences
  • agriculture & resource management
  • politics
  • geography

The course broadens and deepens the perspective offered by the economics honours half-course option in ‘Natural Resources and Environmental Economics’.

As well as providing a valuable background for a variety of resource management careers, this joint programme provides a broad treatment of pressing issues that are of local, national and global importance.

Economics with Finance

There are obvious synergies between economics and finance. In addition to covering the core of the Economics programme, this programme will introduce the basic principles of finance and move onto more advanced topics such as investments and securities and corporate finance. The programme provides an excellent background for students who want to pursue a career in finance.

Economics with Management Science

This programme enables you to combine the study of economics with fundamental management science modelling techniques and applications, such as:

  • linear programming
  • simulation
  • stochastic modelling
  • supply chain management
  • maintenance
  • queueing systems

The programme will provide you with a comprehensive understanding of both subjects, which will prove particularly relevant should you wish to pursue a relatively technical career in areas such as business or financial analysis and insurance, or proceed to graduate study of economics or management science.

Business and Economics

This popular combined programme links the relatively academic and rigorous approach of mainstream economics with the more practical vocationally oriented perspective of business studies.

Major areas of common interest, linked to both teaching and research activity in the two departments, include:

  • strategy and game theory
  • negotiations
  • governance structures
  • banking
  • finance

The programme provides an excellent basis for management careers in business, finance or the public sector.

Geography and Economics

This joint programme complements the study of economics with the broad umbrella of geography.

Economic and social geography, as well as area studies and more specific topics such as location and spatial economics, provide natural linking themes between the two subjects.

The field of Geographical Information Systems is one of the research strengths of Edinburgh’s geography department, providing students on the programme with the opportunity to enhance their information technology skills.

History and Economics

A joint degree in history and economics provides a rare opportunity formally to study these two disciplines together.

This degree will provide you with an opportunity to develop both your qualitative and quantitative analytical skills, to combine the conceptual and mathematical approaches of economics with the contextual and archival approaches of history.

Philosophy and Economics

Philosophy and Economics have a long-standing relationship, which is well reflected in the works of:

  • Adam Smith
  • David Hume
  • John Stuart Mill
  • Amartya Sen
  • John Harsanyi
  • John Rawls

Major areas of joint interest include the inter-relationships between the philosophy of science and the methodology of economics, and moral philosophy and welfare economics.

More generally, the analytical techniques of philosophy and economics complement each other and can help you to develop a comprehensive understanding of major social and economic issues.

Politics, Philosophy and Economics

Politics, Philosophy and Economics (PPE) examines different interdisciplinary perspectives on many of the pressing issues of the modern world. It will equip you with the key skills to engage with the political, philosophical and economic debates of the day.

You will acquire the necessary frameworks for thinking about political and philosophical issues, combined with the quantitative skills for answering political and economic questions.

Psychology and Economics

Both Psychology and Economics are social sciences, centred on human activity. It is increasingly recognised that behaviour is determined jointly by internal processes (such as cognitive ability, and delay sensitivity) and external processes, many of which are economic in nature (income, wealth, incentives etc.).

This degree meets the need to bring these two causes of human behaviour together in a single programme.

Social Policy and Economics

This joint programme provides an opportunity to study the many important areas of common interest that link social policy and economics, including:

  • poverty
  • unemployment and social welfare
  • housing
  • health

The programme provides an excellent background if you intend to pursue a career in the social or public sectors.