About this program
Economics BSc Hons
The BSc (Hons) in Economics provides a structured, cumulative and rigorous foundation in economic concepts, principles, analysis, techniques and knowledge. During your studies, 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, behaviour economics, 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 Sciences or who wish to study economics alongside Science subjects at St Andrews should apply for the BSc. For those interested in studying economics alongside Arts subjects, the MA (Hons) in Economics may be of interest instead.
These grades are the overall standards required to consider you for entry. Find out more about Standard, Minimum and Gateway entry requirements using academic entry explained and see which entry requirements you need to look at using the entry requirements indicator.
- SQA Highers
- GCE A-Levels
- IB points
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.
For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.
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Students will take all of the following compulsory first-year modules:
- Mathematics for Economists
Students will take all of the following compulsory second-year modules:
- Intermediate Microeconomics
- Intermediate Macroeconomics
- Statistics for Economists
If you decide to take economics in your third and fourth years, you can choose from a wide variety of advanced options. Single-honours students are required to take at least one module in Econometrics.
Here is a sample of Honours modules which have been offered in previous years:
- Decision and Game Theory
- Economic Fluctuations
- Economics of Development
- Economics of the Environment
- European Macroeconomics
- Incentives and Contracts
- Inequality and Redistribution
- Innovation Economics
- International Trade
- Mathematical Economics
- Political Economy
- Public Economics.
Scholarships & funding
Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.
When not attending lectures, tutorials and laboratories, 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.
Graduates with a degree in economics have some highly sought-after skills and pursue careers in a wide variety of fields. A degree in economics will greatly enhance your analytic and decision-making abilities. You will significantly improve your quantitative abilities and greatly enhance other transferable skills highly valued by employers.
Popular career destinations among recent graduates include:
- economic consulting
- management consulting
- business intelligence analysis
- broadcasting and journalism
- risk management
- research analysis
- financial services analysis.
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University of St Andrews
The University of St Andrews is Scotland’s first University. As a 600 year-old institution, we are known across the globe for our world leading quality and depth of research. For six centuries some of the world’s brightest and most promising...
Why study at University of St Andrews
The University of St Andrews is situated in a truly beautiful location. Part of a seaside town it is a picturesque and inspirational location to pursue your studies, where you will have the thinking space needed to be your very best. As a smaller university our size is one of our greatest strengths with class sizes allowing for a close and individual learning experience and giving great access and support from your teachers.
Graduates of St Andrews are highly sought after by employers around the world due to our reputation for excellence. A qualification from St Andrews will help you reach your ambitions and kickstart your career.
Consistently ranked as the best student academic experience in the UK by students in the National Student Survey, your time as a student in St Andrews will be unique and rewarding, leaving you with a prestigious qualification, but also memories and connections to treasure for years to come.
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