Undergraduate study - 2018 entry

MA Economics and Mathematics

UCAS code: LG11

Duration: 4 years

Delivery: Full-time

School: Economics

College: Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

Study abroad

Introducing MA Economics and Mathematics

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 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.

Year 1

Economics 1; Introduction to Linear Algebra; Calculus and its Applications; Proofs and Problem Solving; and one option course.

Year 2

Economics 2; Statistics (Year 2); Several Variable Calculus and Differential Equations; Fundamentals of Pure Mathematics; Probability; and one option course.

Year 3

Topics in Microeconomics; Essentials of Econometrics; Honours Differential Equations; either Applications of Econometrics or Topics in Macroeconomics; either Honours Complex Variables or Honours Algebra; and one honours option course from economics or mathematics.

Year 4

Economics honours dissertation or a project in mathematics (double); two economics honours option courses and two mathematics honours option courses.

Programme structure

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.

Programme structure (2017/18)

Our facilities

Teaching takes place across the Central Area campus. You will have access to all the University’s libraries and computer labs.

Study abroad

The School of Economics exchange programme offers opportunities to study in Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, USA, Canada, Argentina, Mexico and within Europe (Erasmus).

Guaranteed study abroad funding for students required to complete a year abroad

How will I learn?

Courses are taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops and web-based learning.

The MathsBase and Economics Help Desk offer students help and support throughout their programme.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed by exams, coursework, project reports and presentations. In your fourth year you will complete an honours dissertation.

Programme details

Find out more about this programme's aims, what you will learn, how you will be assessed and what skills and knowledge you will develop.

To give you an idea of what to expect from 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.

Programme details (2017/18)

Our graduates are highly regarded by employers.

The skills you learn during your programme will equip you for careers in accountancy, business, management and consultancy, or for work in aid agencies, not-for-profit organisations or government departments.

Many previous graduates have entered the finance sector and some large financial firms actively recruit Edinburgh graduates.

Typical offer

The typical offer is likely to be:

  • SQA Highers: AAAAA.
  • A Levels: A*AA.
  • IB: 43 points (grades 776 at HL).

Minimum entry requirements

  • SQA Highers: AABB by end of S5 or AABBBB/AAAB from S4 – S6, including Maths at grade A or Advanced Higher Maths at grade B. BBB must be achieved in a single sitting by end of S5. Sixth-year work in Mathematics is recommended. National 5 English at Grade C.
  • A Levels: AAB including Mathematics at Grade A. GCSEs: English at Grade C or 4.
  • IB: Award of Diploma with 34 points overall and grades 655 in HL subjects including Mathematics at 6. SL: English at 5.

Find out more about entry requirements

International students

We welcome applications from students studying a wide range of international qualifications.

Entry requirements by country

You must provide evidence that your written and spoken English is at a level that will enable you to succeed in your studies.

English language tests

If English is not your first language, you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your spoken and written English:

  • IELTS Academic module overall 6.5 with 5.5 in each component
  • TOEFL-iBT 92 or above with 20 in each section
  • Cambridge English: Advanced or Proficiency overall 176 with 162 in each component
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic): Total 61 with at least 51 in each "Communicative Skills" section
  • Trinity ISE: ISE II with a distinction in all four components

About English language requirements

SQA and GCSE

For SQA and GCSE 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 Grade C
  • SQA Standard Grade 3
  • SQA Intermediate 1 Grade A
  • SQA Intermediate 2 Grade C
  • GCSE Grade C or 4
  • IB Standard Level Grade 5

This information is part of a government initiative to enhance the material that higher education institutions provide about their degree programmes.

It is one of many sources of information which will enable you to make an informed decision on what and where to study.

Please note that some programmes do not have Unistats data available.

Tuition Fees

Tuition fees for MA Economics and Mathematics

Additional costs

Textbooks are required, which cost about £100.

Funding

For more information on how much it will cost to study with us and the financial support available see our fees and funding information.

Fees and funding

More information

How to apply

School: Economics

College: Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences