Economics MA (Hons) 2018 entry

The MA (Hons) in Economics provides a structured, cumulative and rigorous foundation in economic concepts, principles, analysis, techniques and knowledge. You will develop your analytical and decision-making abilities through training in quantitative and model-based methods of analysis.

Students studying Economics at St Andrews have the opportunity to focus on macroeconomics, choice theory, international economics and development, game theory, international economics and development, competition and innovation, and climate change.

Economics is studied up to Honours level in both the Faculty of Science (BSc) and the Faculty of Arts (MA). Students who have a background in the Arts or who wish to study Economics alongside Arts subjects at St Andrews should apply for the MA. For those interested in studying Economics alongside Science subjects, the BSc (Hons) in Economics may be of interest. 

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UCAS code

L100

Course type

Master of Arts (single Honours degree)

Course duration

Four years full time

  • Start date: 10 September 2018
  • End date: 30 June 2022

If you started this programme in 2017, you can find information about 2017 entry on the 2017 Economics MA (Hons) page. Information about all programmes from previous years of entry can be found in the archive.

Typical entry requirements

The following are likely grades considered for an offer. St Andrews considers all aspects of every application, including context, equivalent qualifications and the personal statement, and offers may be higher or lower than the grades stated here.

SQA Highers AAAB
GCE A-Levels AAA
IB points 38

For degrees combining more than one subject, the subject with the higher entry requirements determines the grades you need. You will also need to meet any further subject specific entrance requirements as outlined on their pages.

International applicants

If English is not your first language, you will need an overall IELTS score of 7.0, with a minimum score of 6.5 in each component (Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking), or an equivalent English Language qualification.

Find out more about international entry requirements.

How to apply

Do I need to have studied this subject before?

No, but advanced school mathematics is an advantage and an ability to learn mathematical skills is essential.

Faculty entry requirements

You must also meet the Faculty of Arts minimum qualifications. These vary depending on which qualifications you hold.

Other qualifications

Passes in other examinations at equivalent levels and subjects may be accepted by the Dean of the Faculty. More information on how to apply via other entry routes or accreditation of prior learning and experience can be found on the University’s entry requirements webpage.

Find out more about Faculty of Arts entry requirements.

Timetables

Students must meet with their advisor at the beginning of Semester 1 in September to complete advising – a compulsory part of the matriculation process. After module choices have been decided, a timetable will be allocated indicating the dates and times of classes.

While every effort is made to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week.

Course information

The MA in Economics is a four-year course run by the School of Economics and Finance. The School also offers a BSc in Economics, which may be more suitable for students who wish to take Economics alongside Science subjects. The Economics element within both the BSc and MA degree programmes is exactly the same.

In the first two years, you will build a solid foundation in the general knowledge of Economics. This includes an introduction to the principles of microeconomics and macroeconomics; an insight into quantitative techniques; and developing an understanding of economic relationships and the techniques necessary for their analysis.

At Honours level, students may select modules from a range of options on specific topics. These provide an analytical understanding of key aspects of finance, economics and government policy formation.

Specialist subject areas may include:

  • macroeconomic policy
  • behavioural economics
  • experimental economics
  • health and education
  • economics of labour
  • economic history
  • portfolio management
  • corporate finance
  • economic growth
  • economics of migration
  • econometrics
  • policy impact evaluation.

Alongside Economics, in the first year of your studies, you will be required to study an additional two subjects. In the second year you will usually carry on at least one of these subjects, sometimes two. Find out more about how academic years are organised.

The University of St Andrews operates on a flexible modular degree system by which degrees are obtained through the accumulation of credits. More information on the structure of the modules system can be found on the flexible degree structure webpage.

Find out more about studying Economics at St Andrews.

Modules

In the first two years of your degree (known as sub-honours) you will take the required modules in Economics alongside modules in at least one other subject in the Faculty of Arts.

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

Students will take all of the following first-year modules:

  • Macroeconomics introduces the fundamentals of macroeconomics.
  • Microeconomics explores the basics of the market system and consumer and producer behaviour.
  • Mathematics for Economists covers calculus and algebra to provide indispensable mathematical tools for modern economists.

Students with a school qualification in Economics may take a more advanced first-year module in Economics which assumes prior knowledge.

Students will take all of the following second-year modules:

  • Intermediate Microeconomics deepens the general understanding of microeconomics gained in first year.
  • Intermediate Macroeconomics explores theories of the determinants of long-run economic growth and theories of the causes of short-run “business-cycle” fluctuations.
  • Statistics for Economists introduces statistical methods and regression analysis.

If you decide to take Economics in your third and fourth years, you choose from a wide variety of advanced options.

Here is a sample of Honours modules which have been offered in previous years:

  • Decision and Game Theory
  • Incentives and Contracts
  • Economic Fluctuations
  • International Trade
  • Economics of the Environment
  • Public Economics
  • Inequality and Redistribution
  • Economics of Development
  • Political Economy
  • Innovation Economics
  • Mathematical Economics 
  • European Macroeconomics.

In fourth year, students may also undertake a dissertation or research project on a topic of their choice. This independent project enables you to develop key research skills which are desired by both prospective employers and by graduate schools offering postgraduate degrees.


The sub-honours modules listed here are the compulsory modules that students must take in order to graduate in this subject. However, most students at St Andrews take additional modules, either in their primary subject or from other subjects they are interested in. For Honours-level, students choose from a range of Honours modules, some of which are listed above. A full list of all modules available for the current academic year can be found in the module catalogue.

Teaching

Teaching format

First and second year modules generally involve a series of lectures (100 to 350 students), laboratories and small-group tutorials (15 to 20 students) designed to facilitate effective interaction.

At Honours level, modules are taught through lectures (10 to 140 students) and smaller group tutorials (10 to 20 students). Students typically attend seven to eight lectures and one to two tutorials or labs a week.

When not attending lectures, tutorials and workshops, you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve:

  • working on individual and group projects
  • undertaking research in the library
  • preparing coursework assignments and presentations
  • preparing for examinations.

You will be taught by a research-led teaching team with expertise and knowledge of Economics. Postgraduate research students who have undertaken teacher training may also contribute to the teaching of tutorials under the supervision of the module leader.

In addition to your studies in the School, optional academic support is available through practical study skills courses and workshops hosted within the University.

The University’s student services team can help students with additional needs resulting from disabilities, long term medical conditions or learning disabilities. More information can be found on the students with disabilities webpage.

Assessment

Progress is monitored through tutorial assignments and assessment is by a combination of graded work and examinations. Almost all of the modules are assessed by at least 50% written exams with the balance of assessment made up by coursework.

Examinations are held at the end of each semester during a dedicated exam diet with revision time provided beforehand.

Coursework takes the form of essays, along with other kinds of assessed work including oral presentations and group projects. 

The School of Economics and Finance provides feedback on every assessment, with a view to improving your performance in future, and aims to provide feedback on assessments and coursework within three weeks.

Undergraduates at the University of St Andrews must achieve at least 7.0 on the St Andrews 20-point grade scale to pass a module. To gain access to Honours-level modules, students must achieve the relevant requisites as specified in the policy on entry to Honours and in the relevant programme requirements. Please note that some Schools offer qualified entry to Honours, and this will be clearly specified in the programme requirements. To find out the classification equivalent of points, please visit the common reporting scale webpage.

Fees

Tuition fees for 2018 entry

Scotland and EU Tuition fees for Scottish and EU applicants have yet to be set for 2018 entry.
Rest of the UK

Tuition fees for applicants from the rest of the UK have yet to be set for 2018 entry. 

Overseas £21,290

For overseas students, tuition fees will be fixed at this level for the duration of your programme.

More information on tuition fees can be found on the undergraduate fees and funding page.

Accommodation fees

Accommodation fees for 2018 are yet to be set. Find out about accommodation fees for University accommodation in 2017-2018.

Funding and scholarships

The University of St Andrews offers a number of scholarships and support packages to undergraduate students each year.

Find out more about undergraduate scholarships.

Joint Honours degrees

You can take Economics MA as part of a joint Honours degree alongside one of the following subjects:

"With" degrees

You can take the Economics MA as part of a "with" Honours degree in which the majority of the course deals with the first named subject. St Andrews offers the following "with" degrees in Economics: 

Your future

Careers

The wide range of transferable skills you gain through studying Economics is marketable in many career areas, and recent graduates in Economics have pursued a wide variety of career paths.

Popular career destinations amongst recent graduates include:

  • The Government Economic Service
  • non-governmental organisations
  • OECD
  • investment
  • commercial and international banking
  • accountancy
  • consultancy
  • university research and teaching
  • the media.

You will find St Andrews Economics graduates at renowned financial institutions such as:

  • Accenture
  • Ernst & Young
  • JP Morgan
  • Barclays Capital
  • PriceWaterhouseCoopers
  • Citibank.

The Careers Centre offers one-to-one advice to all students as well as a programme of events to assist students to build their employability skills.

Study abroad

The University is delighted to offer undergraduates a number of exciting opportunities to apply to spend a semester or year abroad as part of a St Andrews degree programme. St Andrews is partnered with large and small institutions, ancient and young, across the globe. What unites all of our programmes is the quality of the academic provision, ensuring that participation in a St Andrews Study abroad programme opens the door to a new and valuable academic experience at another world-class institution. Study Abroad for credit is permitted on existing University-approved programmes only.

Student life

From the outset, the University of St Andrews offers an array of events and opportunities which result in a truly unique student experience. Students participate in a range of traditions, notably, the red academic gown and the academic family, where older students adopt first year students as ‘children’ and help guide them in a system of mentoring. These traditions and the choice of over 150 sports clubs and student societies to choose from ensures a community feel amongst students from first year onwards.

Students of Economics may be interested in joining the St Andrews Economic Society. This active society is run by students and holds regular career events, essay competitions and social occasions. The society also publishes The St Andrews Economist, a magazine covering current affairs, academic theory, economic policies, and trends.

The School of Economics and Finance is located in Castlecliffe on The Scores in a beautiful Edwardian mansion overlooking St Andrews Bay, next to the ruins of St Andrews Castle on the Fife coast.

The town of St Andrews itself has lots to offer. As the campus is located around town, walking around you encounter ancient and modern buildings and areas of greenery and seaside which provide a rich, beautiful backdrop to learning. If you want a change of scenery, St Andrews' position near surrounding towns and cities such as Anstruther, Dundee and Edinburgh make it ideal for getting to know more about Scotland.

Find out more about student life at the University of St Andrews.

Contact

School of Economics and Finance

University of St Andrews
Castlecliffe
The Scores
St Andrews
KY16 9AR

Phone: +44 (0)1334 46 2410 
Email: econsec@st-andrews.ac.uk 

School of Economics and Finance website