A 2.1 degree classification from a recognised UK university in Economics or a 2.1 joint Honours in Economics and another subject that includes substantial training in mathematics, statistics, microeconomics, macroeconomics and econometrics.
If you studied your first degree outside the UK, see the international entry requirements.
English language proficiency. See English language tests and qualifications.
The qualifications listed are indicative minimum requirements for entry. Some academic Schools will ask applicants to achieve significantly higher marks than the minimum. Obtaining the listed entry requirements will not guarantee you a place, as the University considers all aspects of every application including, where applicable, the writing sample, personal statement, and supporting documents.
Months of entry
The MSc in Economics is a one year taught postgraduate programme run by the University of St Andrews' School of Economics and Finance.
- In the 2014 UK Research Excellence Frameworkexercise, 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.
- Small group teaching allows a high level of student-teacher interaction, encouraging a warm and friendly learning environment.
- The programme focus is to provide a self-contained, rigorous but relevant learning experience that prepares you either to start employment at a senior level in a wide variety of economics-related activities, or to pursue further research.
- You will learn the theoretical and empirical tools required to understand the increasingly complex and rapidly changing economy.
- Supplementary lectures in mathematical and statistical methods are available at the beginning of the course.
The programme consists of traditional lectures, tutorials, seminars and computer lab work in small groups. Courses are assessed both continuously and with end-of-semester exams.
You will also complete a 15,000-word dissertation on a topic of your choice which is relevant and appropriate to the MSc.
Every MSc student is assigned an adviser at the beginning of the year. Your adviser will provide you with individual guidance on module choice and academic conduct.
Each compulsory module typically comprises:
- 20 lecture contact hours
- 10 contact hours for seminars, workshops and tutorials
- intensive independent study
- 40% continuous assessment
- 60% assessment by written end-of-semester examination.
For more details about each module, including weekly contact hours, teaching methods and assessment, please see the latest module catalogue, which is for the 2018–2019 academic year; some elements may be subject to change for 2019 entry.
Fees and funding
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
- Postgraduate Secretary
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