MA (Hons) Economics (Accelerated)
- UCAS code
- 3 years
- Delivery type
Economics at Edinburgh Business School at Heriot-Watt University ranked 3rd in the UK by the National Student Survey 2019. This 3-year degree is most suited to those who have completed A-Level qualifications and applies economic theory to the real world.
Economics: Edinburgh Business School at Heriot-Watt University
At Edinburgh Business School, the study of Economics is underpinned by the work of globally active researchers. This accelerated 3-year degree focuses on making a difference in the real world and has the 3rd highest level of Student Satisfaction in the UK (NSS 2019).
Ask the big questions
Economics is the study of how individuals, firms and governments make choices, and how these choices determine the way in which resources are distributed across society. It helps us understand and improve decision-making for ourselves, organisations and societies, and it throws light on issues as diverse as the environment, unemployment, inflation, poverty, globalisation and trade. This degree will give you the skills to investigate, analyse and answer such questions.
Your learning will be underpinned by the knowledge of highly respected economists who design and teach our courses with a global outlook and real-world focus, stemming directly from their research into global economic issues. Study begins at an introductory level so you do not need to have previous knowledge of economics in order to study the programme.
Rankings and employability
Heriot-Watt University was ranked as the Number 1 place in Scotland, and 3rd in the United Kingdom, to study Economics in the Guardian University League Tables 2018, behind only Oxford and Cambridge. It also achieved the highest level of overall student satisfaction in Scotland, and 3rd highest in the UK, in the National Student Survey 2019.
Economics is a subject in demand and UniStats2019 found that 90% of our recent Economics graduates from Heriot-Watt University were in work or further study 6 months after graduating.
As your studies progress through Years 1, 2 and 3 of this accelerated MA (Hons) programme you will study an increasing number of specialist economics courses. Our flexible degree structure lets you tailor your studies and follow your own particular area of interest. It will equip you with a wide range of quantitative, analytical and communication skills to prepare you for career paths business, management, marketing, banking, finance, policy analysis, civil service, academia and more.
- Intermediate Economics 1 (30 credits)
- Quantitative Methods
- Contemporary Economic Policy and Institutions
- Intermediate Economics 2
- Statistical Techniques
- Advanced Economics 1
- Introductory Econometrics
- Advanced Econometrics 2
- Econometrics Project
- Advanced Economic Policy 1
- Dissertation Project 1
- Advanced Economic Policy 2
- Dissertation Project 2
Discover Uni course data
Discover Uni provides data on each university's degree courses across a range of measures including student satisfaction, graduate jobs and salaries.
- The average salary of students 15 months after graduating: £24000
- The average UK salary of students 15 months after graduating from a similar course: £24000
These are the most common high skilled jobs students go into 15 months after graduating:
- Finance professionals
- Information Technology professionals
- A-level ABB - AAA including Maths, OR A-level ABB -AAA including one of Accounting, Business, Economics AND AS Level Maths at C.
- Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DDD in relevant subject (Accountancy, Business, Economics, Finance preferred).
- Advanced Higher BB with AABB at Higher to include Maths
- International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 34 points including Maths or Economics at Higher Level 5.
- Scottish HND Pass HND (Accounting or Business) with BB in graded units.
We operate contextual admissions defined by our Fair Access Policy which may mean entry requirements are flexible. We accept a wide range of other qualifications from the UK, Europe and International countries. Please contact the Admissions Officer for the programme for further information on the entry requirements for these.
|Status*||Scotland||England / Wales / N Ireland / Rep Ireland**||International***|
|Fee||Paid by SAAS||£9,250||£17,080|
* Your residency 'status' is usually defined as the country where you have been ordinarily resident for the three years before the start of your course. Find out more about tuition fees.
** 'Rest of the UK' (RUK) and Republic of Ireland students entering at Level 1 receive a fee waiver of one year's tuition fee. Normally this will be the final year, or a year during which students study abroad (either at a partnership institution, or at one of Heriot-Watt's overseas campuses).
*** 'International' includes applicants from European Union countries who do not hold Pre-Settled or Settled status in UK. (This does not include students from the Republic of Ireland - see above). Read more about the application process for EU nationals.
Additional fee information
Students with Scotland fee status pay £910 for the placement year instead of the standard fees. Students with England, Northern Ireland, Wales or Overseas fee status pay £1300 for the placement year instead of the standard fees.
Scholarships and bursaries
Bursaries for students from England, Northern Ireland or Wales
In addition to government loans and grants towards the costs of fees and living costs, we are offering generous financial support to attract and support eligible undergraduate students from England, Northern Ireland or Wales:
- Heriot-Watt University Bursary (up to £3,100 per year)
View our full range of undergraduate scholarships.