Taught course

Economics for Business and Policy

University of Stirling · Stirling Management School

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Entry requirements

A minimum of a second class Honours degree or equivalent. Applicants without these formal qualifications but with significant appropriate/relevant work/life experience are encouraged to apply.

Months of entry


Course content

This new Masters course is different to others: it places great emphasis on applying economic thinking to real world business and policy challenges. Our course is suitable for anyone with a drive to succeed in economics, even if you’ve had no previous training in this area.

You'll explore interactions between international institutions, governments and households, and develop an appreciation of the insights that economic analysis can bring to business and policy. Our course also cultivates your skills in decision making and analysis, while enhancing your critical thinking abilities in evaluating business performance, management styles and statistics, as well as public, social and macroeconomic policies and their effect on businesses and households.

We prepare you for the workplace, as through this course you'll gain practical experience by working with organisations across the business landscape, such as Wood Mackenzie and Scottish Power, through to Zero Waste Scotland and the Institute for Fiscal Studies. You’ll get to delve into the markets and environments these organisations work in through a mix of site visits and guest lectures. There’s also the opportunity to undertake a summer consultancy project with external clients. This allows you to integrate the knowledge and skills from your master’s degree to solve a real business challenge.

Your learning and knowledge will benefit from our academic staff’s excellent links with industry and policy think tanks, as well as our ties with the Behavioural Science Centre, Centre for Sustainable Practice and Living (CSPL) and The Centre for Constitutional Change.

Information for international students

INTO University of Stirling offers a Graduate Diploma for those students who do not meet the required criteria for this course. If you successfully complete the Graduate Diploma in Business, Finance and Sport and meet the required progression grades, you'll be guaranteed entry onto this Masters degree.

If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills:

  • IELTS: 6.0 with 5.5 minimum in each skill
  • Cambridge C2 Proficiency (CPE) 180 with minimum 162 in each skill
  • Cambridge C1 Advanced (CAE) 169 with minimum of 162 in each skill
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic): 54 with 51 in each component
  • IBT TOEFL: 80 with no subtest less than 17

More information on our English language requirements

Fees and funding

Please consult our website for up-to-date information on course fees and funding.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Professor Danny Campbell