Taught course

Finance and Economics

University of St Andrews · School of Economics and Finance

Entry requirements

A strong 2:1 degree classification from a recognised UK university in Economics, 2:1 in Finance with a significant Economics component or 2:1 Joint Honours in Economics and another subject that includes substantial training in micro, macro and econometrics.

Months of entry


Course content

The MSc in Finance and Economics provides advanced training in the theoretical tools and empirical techniques for economics and finance, preparing students for a professional career in international banking, the finance industry and governmental agencies.

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.
  • Take a look at the Finance and Economics MSc poster (PDF, 3,211 KB).

Teaching format

The MSc in Finance and 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; 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

Students are required to have IELTS overall grade 7.0 (or equivalent) with a minimum of 6.0 in each component of the test.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students


Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Secretary
+44 (0)1334 46 2439