School of Economics


Workload details across the four years of the economics degree

During your first and second year, you will have between six and nine lectures and three tutorials every week.


In your final two years, you will have several weekly teaching sessions, although they depend upon the options you choose.

We value independent study very highly at Edinburgh, so we expect you to spend considerable time outside of your lectures and tutorials completing secondary reading and research.

Sample timetable

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
09:00   EconPals   Independent study: Economic History  
10:00 Intro to Politics & International Relations   Intro to Politics & International Relations   Economics Helpdesk
11:10 Independent study: list goals for week ahead Independent study: reading for Econ1 Lecture Economics Helpdesk  Independent study: Preparation for tutorial EconPals
12:10   Independent study: reading for Economic History Lecture   Economics 1 Tutorial Independent study: reading for Econ1 Lecture
13:05 Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch
14:00   Economic History Lecture Independent study: reading for Econ1 Lectures Economic History Lecture  
15:00 EconPals   Independent study: reading for Econ1 Lectures   Independent study: review goals 
16:10 Economics Helpdesk Economics 1 Lecture   Economics 1 Lecture Economics 1 Lecture
17:10     EconSoc Seminar    


Your work will be assessed through essays, projects and class examinations depending upon which courses you choose. You will often work in small groups to complete projects and to prepare presentations.

There will be degree examinations in April/May.

Information for current students

The Current Students area of our website has information about getting help and advice as well as how to change degree, how to report Special Circumstances etc. It may be of interest to you.

Information for current students


I've immensely enjoyed studying Economics at the University of Edinburgh. It's such an inspirational environment that encourages academic excellence, cooperation, feedback and support throughout. My studies have also provided me with both the technical and soft skills necessary to secure a summer internship and a graduate job.

Andrea Schmidtova4th year Economics with Finance student