Undergraduate study in Economics and Finance

Economics is a social science concerned with the production, distribution and consumption of goods and services. Modern economics is a broad discipline that links almost all aspects of human behaviour and interactions, from running a business and purchasing stock to getting married and taking a job.

Finance is the study of managing available funds, including saving and lending money, cash at hand, and risk. It includes areas of personal, corporate or public finance relating to incomes, expenditure, debts, loans, balancing risk, profitability and value of stock.

The School offers a range of undergraduate degrees in Economics and Financial Economics for the 2022 entry.

There are several joint degree options as well. You may take Economics BSc (Hons) and Economics MA (Hons) with another subject as part of a joint degree or a "with" degree.

BA International Honours

The School also participates in the BA International Honours programme with the College of William & Mary in Virginia (USA) to offer a truly global undergraduate degree. Students who take the Economics BA (International Hons) programme spend two years in St Andrews and two years in the USA.

The BA (International Honours) is a four-year undergraduate degree that combines the best of the Scottish and American educational experience. It will be jointly awarded by both institutions and, uniquely, will bear the insignia of both.


Typically, you will take a total of three modules per semester each year. Find out more about the modular Scottish degree system.

A full list of all modules available for the current academic year can be found in the module catalogue.