Economics / Economics (Finance) - Scottish Graduate Programme, M.Sc.

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The Economics / Economics (Finance) - Scottish Graduate Programme is taught as a University of Edinburgh degree but but is part of the Scottish Graduate Programme in Economics (SGPE), a unique collaborative consortium of eight Scottish universities that provides the teaching staff for the MSc. The intimate links formed with academics across Scotland is particularly beneficial for those considering PhD study.
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The University of Edinburgh offers an MSc in Economics / Economics (Finance) - Scottish Graduate Programme that provides you with a high-quality and thorough training in economics. The MSc is technical and highly focused on theory and uses a lot of Maths.

The programme lasts one year (or two years if taken part time) and leads to the award of MSc Economics, MSc Economics (Finance), or MSc Economics (Econometrics).

The University of Edinburgh's MSc programmes are research oriented and primarily act as a pathway into PhD study or a career as a professional economist. The programmes are recognised by the UK's Economics and Social Research Council (ESRC) as a route to a PhD in Economics.

They offer a research-oriented MSc that provides you with a high-quality and thorough training in economics and econometrics.

The programme is challenging, uses a lot of mathematics and statistics, is technical and highly focused on analytical theory.

The masters programme is taught in Edinburgh and awarded by the University of Edinburgh, but is part of a unique collaborative venture that combines the teaching expertise of eight Scottish universities: Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Heriot-Watt, St Andrews, Stirling and Strathclyde.

Career opportunities

The University of Edinburgh's graduates have found employment in a wide variety of private and public organisations in the UK and abroad including in financial services, with the civil service (in the UK the Government Economic Service and the Department for International Development), and as economists with overseas development agencies and international institutions, and as research economists with journals and media agencies.

The University of Edinburgh's MSc programmes are research oriented and primarily act as a pathway into PhD study, and are the only Economics and Social Research Council (ESRC) recognised pathway to PhD Economics study in Scotland.

Programme Structure

The programme has five main elements: preliminary courses in mathematics and econometrics; six compulsory courses over two semesters; a residential methodology weekend; three optional courses; and a dissertation on a subject of your choice.

Preliminary courses

Pre-sessional Mathematics and Pre-sessional Econometrics.

Compulsory core courses

There are six compulsory core courses, comprising two each in microeconomics, macroeconomics and econometrics.

Optional courses (Economics Student students choose three from the elecives below)
  • Advanced Topics in Macroeconomics
  • Advanced Topics In Microeconomics
  • Advanced Microeconometrics
  • Development Economics
  • Development of Economic Thought & Methodology
  • Economic Policy
  • Environmental & Natural Resource Economics
  • Experimental Economics
  • Health Economics
  • Industrial Organisation
  • International Trade
  • Topics in Economic History

Students taking the MSc in Economics (Finance) must take three of the following:

  • Advanced Time Series Econometrics
  • Asset Pricing
  • Corporate Finance
  • International Money & Finance

The core and option courses are examined in April/May 2014. After these exams, successful students write a dissertation over the summer of between 8,000 and 10,000 words, for submission in August.

With the dissertation students have the opportunity to study in depth a topic largely of their own choosing. The students themselves identify a topic and a suitable and willing supervisor (from amoung the eight Universities). It is the component of a master’s programme at which the student progresses from structured coursework to independent study.

Detailed Programme Facts

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  • Duration full-time 12 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • Educational variant Part-time, Full-time
  • Intensity Flexible
  • Duration part-time 24 months

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Academic Requirements

  • The minimum entry requirement is a UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in economics or mathematics. We look for high grades from well ranked institutions in university-level courses covering introductory integration, probability theory and linear algebra.
  • We look for applicants to have a very strong grounding in economics or other quantitative subjects.

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • GBP 17400 International
  • GBP 8500 EU/EEA


  • Home/EU: £4,250
  • Overseas/International: £8,700
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