Postgraduate study

Economics / Economics (Econometrics) / Economics (Finance)

Awards: MSc

Funding available

The Scottish Graduate Programme in Economics (SGPE) is part of a unique collaborative venture that combines the teaching expertise of eight Scottish universities: Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Heriot-Watt, St Andrews, Stirling and Strathclyde. All three MSc programme degrees are awarded by the University of Edinburgh and are taught in Edinburgh by Economics faculty from the associated Scottish universities who belong to the SGPE.

We offer three MSc programmes that provide you with a high-quality and thorough training in economics. The programmes are challenging, incorporating mathematics and statistics, they are technical and highly focused on analytical theory.

The programmes last one year (or two years if taken part-time) and lead to the award of MSc Economics, MSc Economics (Finance), or MSc Economics (Econometrics).

Our research-oriented MSc programmes provide you with high-quality training in economics and econometrics.

The MSc programmes consist of preliminary, core and optional courses, a residential weekend and a dissertation.

We do not offer an online distance learning for our MSc programmes.

Find out more about compulsory and optional courses

We link to the latest information available. Please note that this may be for a previous academic year and should be considered indicative.

AwardTitleDurationStudy mode
MScEconomics (Econometrics)1 YearFull-timeProgramme structure 2018/19
MScEconomics (Econometrics)2 YearsPart-timeProgramme structure 2018/19
MScEconomics (Finance)1 YearFull-timeProgramme structure 2018/19
MScEconomics (Finance)2 YearsPart-timeProgramme structure 2018/19
MScEconomics1 YearFull-timeProgramme structure 2018/19
MScEconomics2 YearsPart-timeProgramme structure 2018/19

Our MSc programmes will equip you with the tools a professional economist needs to work in government or in international organisations, to conduct economic research.

We deliver rigorous training in the core areas of economics to gain comprehensive knowledge in the latest analytical and quantitative techniques. You will also gain a firm grounding in mathematical and econometric techniques, as well as microeconomics and macroeconomics.

Our graduates have found employment in a wide variety of private and public organisations in the UK and abroad including in financial services, with the civil service (in the UK the Government Economic Service and the Department for International Development), and as economists with overseas development agencies and international institutions, and as research economists with journals and media agencies.

Our MSc programmes are research oriented and act as a pathway into PhD study globally. Our programmes are the only Economics and Social Research Council (ESRC) recognised pathway to PhD Economics study in Scotland.

A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in economics or mathematics related subjects. We look for high grades from your undergraduate studies covering introductory integration, probability theory, and linear algebra.

Some applicants may receive an offer that is conditional on successful completion of our SGPE Summer School.

You can apply without having a graduate admissions exam (such as GRE or GMAT) result, but we may stipulate that you must attain a specified grade in one of these tests as a condition of entry. Most important to us is that you have good quantitative knowledge and skills. We generally look for a quantitative reasoning result in the 80th percentile or higher. We do not formally consider results from the Verbal and Analytical sections in our initial assessment of your application. It is, however, still important to do as well as you can in these because we will consider them if other aspects of your application are borderline (for example if your quantitative result is at the 79th percentile, or if you attend the SGPE Summer School and your grades are near the pass/fail borderline).

See our eligibility requirements for more details.

If, after reading our eligibility requirements, you are unsure if you qualify, you are welcome to email ( a scanned transcript of your marks for informal feedback.

International qualifications

Check whether your international qualifications meet our general entry requirements:

English language requirements

All applicants must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of their English language ability:

  • an undergraduate or masters degree, that was taught and assessed in English in a majority English speaking country as defined by UK Visas and Immigration

  • IELTS: total 7.0 (at least 6.5 in reading and listening, and 6.0 in all other sections)
  • TOEFL-iBT: total 100 (at least 23 in listening and reading, and 20 in speaking and writing)
  • PTE(A): total 67 (at least 61 in listening and reading, and 56 in speaking and writing)
  • CAE and CPE: total 185 (at least 176 in listening and reading, and 169 in speaking and writing)
  • Trinity ISE: ISE III with a pass in all four components

Degrees taught and assessed in English must be no more than three years old at the beginning of your degree programme. Language tests must be no more than two years old at the beginning of your degree programme.

Find out more about our language requirements:

For more information on funding, see our MSc funding and scholarships pages:

We also offer fee discounts to strong applicants.

Find out more about scholarships and funding opportunities:

  • Programme Director, Professor Jonathan Thomas
  • Phone: +44 (0)131 651 1764
  • Email:
  • School of Economics
  • 30/31 Buccleuch Place
  • Central Campus
  • Edinburgh
  • EH8 9JT

We encourage you to apply at least one month prior to entry so that we have enough time to process your application. If you are also applying for funding or will require a visa then we strongly recommend you apply as early as possible. We may consider late applications if we have places available, but you should contact the relevant Admissions Office for advice first.

You must submit a reference with your application.

You are required to provide a document summarising your most advanced microeconomics, macroeconomics and econometrics courses, including details of the topics covered and the primary textbooks used. Your application will be on hold until this document has been submitted.

Find out more about the general application process for postgraduate programmes:

Further information

  • Programme Director, Professor Jonathan Thomas
  • Phone: +44 (0)131 651 1764
  • Email:
  • School of Economics
  • 30/31 Buccleuch Place
  • Central Campus
  • Edinburgh
  • EH8 9JT