About the School of Economics and Finance

The School of Economics and Finance is ranked first in the UK by the Guardian University Guide 2023. Here you will find engaging courses, inspiring lecturers and a stimulating research environment at the University of St Andrews.


The School teaches about 500 undergraduate and 50 postgraduate students. Find out more about Economics and Finance programmes for prospective students.


The School of Economics and Finance has about 40 academic staff from 18 different countries. Find out more about their research interests on the people pages.

Research focuses on four themes:

  • applied theory, decision theory, and game theory
  • empirical economics and econometrics
  • finance
  • macro and international economics

The School hosts a regular series of seminar events which feature presentations from outstanding experts in their field, both from St Andrews as well as other institutions around the world.

Strategic Plan 2022‐2027

The School aspires to be one of the top 10 departments for economics and finance in the UK.

By fostering an inclusive and collegial environment where all staff and students can thrive and achieve their best, the School will build on its existing strong record of delivering world‐class research and outstanding research‐led teaching to achieve its strategic ambitions.

The history of Castlecliffe

The history of the School of Economics and Finance is closely tied to the awe-inspiring building it calls home, Castlecliffe. Castlecliffe is situated on the Scores, right next door to the St Andrews Castle. Read more about it on the Castlecliffe history page.