Undergraduate study - 2020 entry

Subject area: Economics

Why choose Economics at the University of Edinburgh?

  • We're ranked in the UK's top 10 universities for economics in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2019.

  • Economics can be taken on its own or as part of a joint honours programme with subjects such as business, Chinese and social policy. Employers may see this as an advantage because of your double specialisation, interdisciplinary knowledge and adaptability.

  • You will join a vibrant learning community where active and engaged student societies like the Economics Society and the Edinburgh University Trading and Investment Club, which holds the UK’s biggest student-run investment portfolio, run events and activities throughout the year.

  • You don’t have to have studied economics at school to undertake this programme.

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Economics has great career opportunities and is a fulfilling and rewarding subject. I like how my programme is split 50:50, which is more balanced than a major-minor course.

Winnie Zhang 3rd year MA (Hons) Economics & Mathematics
Winnie Zhang 3rd year MA (Hons) Economics & Mathematics

Introducing Economics

There has never been a more exciting time to study economics. The ongoing consequences of the last economic crisis mean that the world urgently needs new thinking and new processes to meet the challenges of a changing economic climate.

As an economics student, you will explore issues of economic stability, growth and development, all vital for economic forecasting and for influencing economic performance and policy.

You will also examine the causes of economic growth and the policies that are designed to promote prosperity, increase efficiency and reduce unwanted fluctuation in fiscal activity. There is a distinguished history of economics in Scotland that includes the work of David Hume and Adam Smith.

Throughout your studies, you will learn from world-leading economists before following in the footsteps of our graduates who are in demand by national and international organisations.