MA Economics and Politics
UCAS code: LL12
Duration: 4 years
College: Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences
Introducing MA Economics and Politics
This popular combined programme provides you with a natural combination of two core social science disciplines.
Discover many potentially creative tensions between the two disciplines, which reflect the different modes of analysis traditionally used in economics and political science.
The traditional links between economics and political science have been strengthened in recent years by the rapidly growing research programme into new political economy.
Our joint programme exploits these links and tensions through a wide variety of optional honours courses.
- Economics 1
- Introduction to Politics and Internal Relations 1A
- Political Thinkers
- either Politics and International Relations 1B or an optional course
You will also take one other optional course.
- Economics 2
- Statistical Methods for Economics
- Comparative Politics in a Globalised World
- either Politics and International Relations 1B (if not taken in year 1) or an optional course.
You will also take one other optional course.
- Topics in Microeconomics
- Essentials of Econometrics
- either Applications of Econometrics or Topics in Macroeconomics
- two politics honours options
You will also take one optional course from either economics or politics. If you intend to take a dissertation in politics, a course on research design in politics is strongly recommended.
You will undertake:
- a dissertation in economics or politics
- two economics honours option courses
- two politics 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.
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How will I learn?
Courses are taught through a combination of:
- 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
- project reports
In Year 4, you will complete an honours dissertation.
Our graduates are highly regarded by employers, and the skills you develop will equip you for careers in:
- management and consultancy
- 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-AAAA (achievement by end of S5 preferred). BBB must be achieved in one year of S4-S5.
- A Levels: A*AA - AAA
- IB: 39 points with 666 at HL - 37 points with 665 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). Mathematical Studies is not accepted for any of our Economics degrees.
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.
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 at C
- SQA Standard Grade at 3
- 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.
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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