Taught course


University of St Andrews · School of Economics and Finance

Entry requirements

Students intending to enter this course should have a good first (i.e. Bachelor's) degree performance (e.g. good upper second class honours degree from good UK university, GPA of 3.6 or higher, from good US university; course average of 85% or higher from good PR China university).

Months of entry


Course content

The MSc in Economics provides advanced training in essential elements of economics - microeconomics, macroeconomics and econometrics - plus a range of specialist options covering theoretical and empirical approaches that reflect the interests of the staff in the department.

Course highlights

  • In the 2014 UK Research Excellence Framework exercise, the School was ranked joint tenth in the UK and second in Scotland on the basis of the quality of its research publications, with over 80% of the research publications being classified as internationally excellent or world-leading.
  • Our emphasis on smaller group teaching allows a high level of student-teacher interaction encouraging a warm and friendly learning environment.
  • The programme aims to prepare students for jobs at a senior level in a wide range of areas: economics, finance, commerce, insurance, academia, diplomatic service and banking.
  • Supplementary lectures in mathematical and statistical methods are available.

Teaching format

The MSc in Economics is a one year taught postgraduate programme run by the University of St Andrews' School of Economics and Finance. The programme consists of traditional lectures, tutorials, seminars and computer lab work in small groups of 6 to 12 students; and a 15,000 word dissertation in an area of your choice. Courses are assessed both continuously and with end of semester exams.

Every MSc student is assigned an adviser at the beginning of the year. Your adviser will provide you with individual guidance on essay planning and writing, module choice, dissertation topics and academic conduct.

Information for international students

Good linguistic skills in English are expected (e.g. IELTS 7; or IELTS 6.5 overall allong with a four week pre-sessional English training course in St Andrews). Further details available here: http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/elt/entry/

Fees and funding

UK students
International students


Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months


full time
9 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Secretary
+44 (0) 1334 462439