The MA Honours programme is a full-time 4 year programme. In years 1 and 2 of the programme students take ‘ordinary level’ courses. A satisfactory performance in these courses is required for progression into Honours, in years 3 and 4. The wide variety of outside courses that can be taken in years 1 and 2 of the programme provides an opportunity for a broad-based learning experience. An appropriate choice of ordinary courses can also make it possible to transfer to (or from) other programmes within the College of Humanities and Social Science, providing flexibility to accommodate evolving interests. Guidance and advice on choice of ordinary courses is provided by Personal Tutors. In the Honours years (years 3 and 4) students take a mix of required courses, and a selection from a wide range of option courses. At the Honours level in particular, courses are closely linked to the research interests of teaching staff. In addition all Honours students research and write a dissertation.
Knowledge and understanding, and the skills and other attributes listed in section 10 above are developed progressively throughout the programme.
Issues related to sustainability, social responsibility and equality and diversity are embedded in the normal curriculum; to some extent they relate to the core economic concepts outlined in 11. A. above. They are particularly emphasised in elective courses: Issues in Global Economics, Applications of Economic Analysis. They are also addressed in elective courses including Productivity Growth and Development, Development Microeconomics, Economics, Policy for Economic Development, Issues in the Economics of Climate Change, Natural Resource and Environmental Economics, Public Economics,, Health Economics, The Economics of Crime, Labour Economics, Economics of Inequality, Economics of the Family and Women in the Global Economy.
Courses are a mix of 40 credits (normally 2 semesters, 20 teaching weeks, in length), 20 credits (normally one semester, 10 teaching weeks, in length) and some outside courses are 10 credits. A ‘normal’ year comprises 120 credits. Students should expect to undertake approximately 200 hours of efficient learning per 20 credits. This includes formal class time, which for ordinary and required honours courses, is 3-5 hours per week per course. Honours option courses have less formal class time (normally 2 hours per week plus fortnightly tutorials) and place more emphasis on guided independent study.
The normal mode of study is through coursework and examination, the only exception being the Honours dissertation, which does not include a final examination. The normal programme structure, with entry, progression and exit points, is outlined below. With appropriate prior approval some variations to this normal structure may be permissible, in particular: Year 3 may comprise Study Abroad, either on a University of Edinburgh exchange programme or, an ERASMUS programme (Economics has subject specific links with Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona, University of Mannheim, University of Malta and Tilburg University).
The normal curriculum is:
- Economics 1 (SCQF credit points: 40; SCQF Level: 8)
- Sociology 1A: The Sociological Imagination: Individuals and Society (SCQF credit points: 20; SCQF Level: 8)
- Sociology 1B: The Sociological Imagination: Private Troubles, Public Problems (SCQF credit points: 20; SCQF Level: 8)
- Further courses (SCQF credit points: 40; SCQF Level: 8)
Minimum: a pass in the named courses.
Transfer into another Honours programme or Ordinary programme, linked to outside courses taken in Year 1. Undergraduate Certificate in Higher Education (requires 120 credits)
Minimum: (i) passes in all courses (240 credits) in the first two years, (ii) a pass in Economics 2, (iii) a pass in Statistical Methods for Economics and (iv) satisfaction of Sociology Honours requirements as specified by the School are normally required.
Transfer into another Honours programme, where the relevant progression requirements are met by performance in outside courses taken in years 1 and 2.
Transfer into an Ordinary programme Undergraduate Diploma in Higher Education (requires 240 credits)
- Topics in Microeconomics (SCQF credit points: 20; SCQF Level: 10)
- Essentials of Econometrics (SCQF credit points: 20; SCQF Level: 10)
- Topics in Macroeconomics OR Applications of Econometrics (SCQF credit points: 20; SCQF Level: 10)
- Social Theory (SCQF credits: 20; SCQF Level: 10)
- Designing and Doing Social Research (SCQF credits: 20; SCQF Level: 10)
- Option Course in Sociology (SCQF credits: 20; SCQF Level: 10)
Minimum: Passes in 80 credits and average of at least 40.
Transfer into an Ordinary programme.
Completion of the dissertation in Economics or Sociology (40; 10) plus further Honours option courses (SCQF credits: 80; SCQF Level: 10) in Economics and Sociology. The option courses available vary, for an up-to-date list see the current Economics Honours Handbook or the Economics website.
- Adv’d Mathematical Economics (credits: 20; Level 10)
- Adv’d Topics in Applied Econometrics (20;10)
- Behavioural Economics (20;10)
- Capital and Growth Theory (20; 10)
- Development Economics (20;10)
- Economics of Asymmetric Information (20;10)
- Economics of Education (20;10)
- Economics of Financial Markets (20;10)
- Economics of Inequality (20;10)
- Economics of Migration (20;10)
- Economics of Self-Management (20;10)
- Economics of Sport (20;10)
- Economics of Strategic Behaviour 1 (20;10)
- Economics of the Family (20;10)
- Economics of Transition (20;10)
- Experimental Economics (20;10)
- Human Capital (20;10)
- Industrial Organization (20;10)
- International Economics (20;10)
- Issues in Climate Change Economics (20;10)
- Modelling the Fin’l Crisis & its Aftermath (20;10)
- Monetary Theory and Policy (20;10)
- Natural Resource & Environmental Econ (20;10)
- Policy Evaluation for Public Economics (20;10)
- Productivity, Growth and Development (20;10)
- The Chinese Economy: Past and Present (20;10)
- The Economics of Cities and Regions (20;10)
- The Economics of Crime (20;10)
- Women in the Global Economy (20;10)
Minimum requirements for MA Honours are a mean mark of at least 40 and passes in at least 160 credits over the two Honours years.