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 courses at St Andrews provide structured, cumulative and rigorous explorations of key concepts, principles, analysis, techniques and knowledge. Graduates from the School of Economics and Finance have progressed to a broad range of opportunities including banking, finance, consultancy, government and public policy, and research.



Economics BSc (Hons)
Economics MA (Hons)
Economics BA (International Hons)
Financial Economics BSc (Hons)
Financial Economics MA (Hons)

Joint degree options

You can take Economics BSc (Hons) and Economics MA (Hons) with another subject as part of a joint degree or a "with" degree.



Economics MSc
Finance and Economics MSc
Finance MSc
Money, Banking and Finance MSc
Banking and Finance MSc


Please contact a supervisor in your research area to inquire about PhD opportunities.

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If you are interested in studying at St Andrews, join us at a visiting day to explore the town, find out about our courses and meet current students.


Autumn visiting days

Booking for our autumn visiting days will open in early September 2018.

  • Wednesday 26 September 2018
  • Wednesday 3 October 2018
  • Wednesday 17 October 2018
  • Wednesday 24 October 2018
  • Wednesday 31 October 2018

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Upcoming visiting days:

  • Wednesday 14 November 2018

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Economics and Finance research areas

The School of Economics and Finance undertakes high-quality research in a variety of topics such as dynamic macroeconomics, choice theory, bounded rationality, game theory, expectations and learning, competition and innovation and climate change.

Research within the School of Economics and Finance is grouped into four main themes:

Economics research centres

The School of Economics and Finance currently has one research centre:

The CDMA aims to foster research in dynamic macroeconomics and has a programme of research centred on macroeconomic theory and policy.

Careers for graduates in Economics and Finance

Economics and Finance courses at St Andrews aim to prepare you for careers in academia, business, government and international organisations.

Graduates in Economics and Finance work in a wide variety of challenging and rewarding posts located in the UK, Europe, North America and further afield in locations such as China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Japan and Thailand.

Popular career choices amongst recent graduates include:

  • fund management
  • investment
  • commercial and international banking
  • accountancy
  • consultancy
  • management in the industrial and commercial sectors
  • stockbroking
  • banking
  • civil service
  • university research and teaching
  • media.

Economics and Finance graduates from St Andrews have secured positions in renowned financial institutions including:

  • Accenture
  • Ernst & Young
  • JP Morgan
  • Barclays Capital
  • PriceWaterhouseCoopers
  • HSBC
  • Lloyds.

See recent graduate employment case studies.

Work experience

Work experience is invaluable when it comes to securing graduate-level employment. There are a number of finance-specific opportunities at St Andrews for students to gain work experience:

Funding opportunities

There is a range of funding opportunities available at all levels of study.


The BA International Honours Scholarship is available to students entering first year of the BA International Honours programme in Economics and Finance. 

Undergraduate scholarships

Postgraduate students

The University of St Andrews offers a range of postgraduate funding opportunities.

Postgraduate taught scholarships

PhD students

The Economic and Social Research Council supports research relevant to business, the public sector and voluntary organisations, and provides awards which cover tuition and maintenance fees (for those meeting the eligibility criteria).

Funding for PhD students


University league tables

Economics at St Andrews is ranked first in Scotland by the Complete University Guide 2019 and third in the UK by the Guardian University Guide 2019.

REF 2014

The quality of research publications produced by staff within the School of Economics and Finance was ranked in the top ten in the UK by the recent Research Excellence Framework 2014, with more than 80% of the research output rated as internationally excellent or world-leading.


School of Economics and Finance
University of St Andrews
The Scores
St Andrews
KY16 9AR

Phone: +44 (0)1334 46 2439 

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