Undergraduate study - 2020 entry

MA Economics and Sociology

UCAS code: LL13

Duration: 4 years

Delivery: Full-time

School: Economics

College: Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

Study abroad

Introducing MA Economics and Sociology

This combined programme provides a natural combination of two core social science disciplines.

The differing perspectives and methods of economics and sociology provide a potentially rich source of creative tensions, which will expand upon your understanding of the socio-economy.

More specific areas of common interest, linked to recent research, include networks, trust, cooperation, social capital, poverty, unemployment and distribution.

Year 1

  • Economics 1
  • Sociology 1A: The Sociological Imagination: Individuals and Society
  • Sociology 1B: The Sociological Imagination: Private Troubles, Public Problems

You will also take one option course.

Year 2

  • Economics 2
  • Sociology 2a: Thinking Sociologically
  • Statistical Methods for Economics
  • Sociology 2b: Researching Social Life

You will also take one option course.

Year 3

  • Topics in Microeconomics
  • Essentials of Econometrics

Plus options from:

  • Applications of Econometrics
  • Topics in Macroeconomics
  • Social Theory
  • Designing and Doing Social Research

You will also take one sociology option course.

Year 4

Economics honours dissertation or a sociology project; two economics honours option courses and two sociology 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 (2019/20)

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).

What are my options for going abroad?

How will I learn?

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

The Economics Help Desk offers students help and support throughout their 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 problems sets, essays, and project reports, and presentations. In Year 4 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 (2019/20)

Our graduates are highly regarded by employers.

The skills you develop 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 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 - AABB by end of S5. If you haven’t achieved this by the end of S5 we may consider your application based on a strong performance in S6. A minimum of BBB must be achieved in one set of exams and by end of S5.
  • A Levels: AAA - ABB.
  • IB: 43 points (grades 776 at HL) - 34 points (grades 655 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 set of exams by end of S5.
  • A Levels: ABB.
  • IB: 34 points (grades 655 at HL).

More information for widening access applicants

Required subjects

The grades used to meet our entry requirements must include:

  • SQA: Higher: Mathematics at grade B. National 5: English at grade C.
  • A Levels: Mathematics at grade B, or AS Mathematics at grade A (if A Level is not taken). GCSEs: English at grade C or 4.
  • IB: SL English at grade 5 and either HL Mathematics at grade 5 or SL Mathematics at grade 6. Mathematical Studies is not accepted for any of our Economics programmes. (Revised 18/3/2019 to provide more accurate information).

Find out more about entry requirements

International applicants

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

Entry requirements by country

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.

International Foundation Programme

Mature applicants

We welcome applications from mature students and accept a range of qualifications.

Mature applicant qualifications

You must demonstrate a level of English language competency at a level that will enable you to succeed in your studies, regardless of your nationality or country of residence.

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 Grade C

  • SQA Standard Grade 3

  • SQA Intermediate 1 Grade A

  • SQA Intermediate 2 Grade C

  • GCSE Grade C or 4

  • Level 2 Certificate Grade C

  • IB Standard Level Grade 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 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

  • PTE Academic: Total 61 with at least 51 in each "Communicative Skills" section

  • Trinity ISE: ISE II with a distinction in all four components

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 programme you are applying to study, unless you are using IELTS, TOEFL, PTE or Trinity ISE, in which case it must be no more than two years old.

English language requirements

(Revised 05/06/2019 to provide more accurate/comprehensive information.)

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Tuition Fees

Tuition fees for MA Economics and Sociology

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