UCAS code: L100
Duration: 4 years
College: Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences
Introducing MA Economics
This programme gives you the opportunity to examine the economic incentives that shape and reconcile the important decisions made by individuals, businesses, governments and societies.
You will explore the macroeconomic outcomes that arise from those decisions, such as:
- economic fluctuations
An understanding of these issues is vital for economic forecasting or influencing economic performance or policy.
Our staff makes up one of the leading groups of economic theorists in Europe. We are the base for the Scottish Graduate Programme in Economics.
We receive consistently high ratings for academic standards, teaching and learning resources.
You will study Economics 1 and two further courses.
You will study:
- Economics 2
- Statistical Methods of Economics
- two further courses
You will study:
- Topics in Microeconomics
- Essentials of Econometrics
- Topics in Macroeconomics
- Applications of Econometrics
You will also take two economics honours option courses.
You will undertake a dissertation in economics and four economics honours option courses.
Find out more about the compulsory and optional courses in this degree programme.
To give you an idea of what you will study on this programme, we publish the latest available information. However, please note this may not be for your year of entry, but for a different academic year.
Teaching takes place across the Central Area campus.
You will have access to all the University’s libraries and computer labs.
The School of Economics exchange programme offers opportunities to study in:
- the USA
The University's exchange programmes are spread all over the world.
How will I learn?
Courses are taught through a combination of:
- web-based learning
Our Economics Help Desk offers help and support throughout your programme.
The peer-assisted learning scheme, EconPALS, aims to help first-year students develop their learning and study strategies.
How will I be assessed?
You will be assessed by exams and coursework, including:
- problem sets
- project reports
In Year 4 you will complete an honours dissertation.
Our graduates are highly regarded by employers.
The skills you develop will equip you for careers in areas such as:
- work in aid agencies
- not-for-profit organisations
- government departments
Many graduates have entered the finance sector and some large financial firms actively recruit Edinburgh graduates.
Standard entry requirement
The standard entry requirement is:
- SQA Highers: AAAAA (achievement by end of S5 preferred). BBB must be achieved in one year of S4-S5.
- A Levels: A*AA.
- IB: 39 points with 666 at HL.
Minimum entry requirement
The minimum entry requirement for widening access applicants is:
- SQA Highers: ABBB by end of S6. BBB must be achieved in one year of S4-S5.
- A Levels: ABB.
- IB: 34 points with 655 at HL.
The grades used to meet our entry requirements must include:
- SQA: Highers: Mathematics at B. Higher Applications of Mathematics is not accepted in place of Higher Mathematics. National 5s: English at C.
- A Levels: Mathematics at B, or AS Mathematics at A. GCSEs: English at C or 4.
- IB: HL: Mathematics at 5. SL: English at 5 and Mathematics at 6 (if not at HL).
We welcome applications from students studying a wide range of international qualifications.
International Foundation Programme
If you are an international student and your school qualifications are not accepted for direct entry to the University you may be eligible for admission to this degree programme through our International Foundation Programme.
We welcome applications from mature students and accept a range of qualifications.
Regardless of your nationality or country of residence, you must demonstrate a level of English language competency at a level that will enable you to succeed in your studies.
SQA, GCSE and IB
For SQA, GCSE and IB students, unless a higher level is specified in the stated entry requirements, a pass is required in English at the following grades or higher:
- SQA National 5 at C
- GCSE at C or 4
- Level 2 Certificate at C
- IB Standard Level at 5 (English ab initio is not accepted for entry)
English language tests
We accept the following English language qualifications at the grades specified:
- IELTS Academic: total 6.5 with at least 5.5 in each component.
- TOEFL-iBT (including Home Edition): total 92 with at least 20 in each component. We do not accept TOEFL MyBest Score to meet our English language requirements.
- C1 Advanced (CAE) / C2 Proficiency (CPE): total 176 with at least 162 in each component.
- Trinity ISE: ISE II with distinctions in all four components.
- PTE Academic: total 62 with at least 54 in each component.
(Revised 29 August 2023 to remove PTE Academic Online)
We also accept a wider range of international qualifications and tests.
English language qualifications must be no more than three and a half years old from the start date of the degree you are applying to study, unless you are using IELTS, PTE Academic, TOEFL or Trinity ISE, in which case it must be no more than two years old.
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