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The award
MA (Hons)

How long you will study
4 Years

Domestic course fees
GBP 9250

How you will study

Course starts

International course fees
GBP 14200

All study options

About Economics at Heriot-Watt University

The Economics degree at Heriot-Watt University has been ranked 1st in Scotland and 3rd in the United Kingdom in the Guardian University League Tables 2018, behind only Oxford and Cambridge.

One reason for our exceptional ranking is our 'value-added' score which has been the best in the UK for 6 of the past 7 years. Value-Added is a rating given to all universities in the UK which measures the first and upper-second class degrees achieved by students against their entry qualifications.

Our Economics MA degree is underpinned by the work of world-leading researchers who design and teach our degrees with a real-world focus. We begin at an introductory level so you don't need to have any previous knowledge in economics to study the course.

Our degree uses a flexible structure to let you tailor your studies and follow your own particular interest, allowing you to study Economics as a specialism or with an additional discipline through our five specialist pathways:

  • MA (Hons) Economics and Accountancy
  • MA (Hons) Economics and Business Law
  • MA (Hons) Economics and Business Management
  • MA (Hons) Economics and Finance
  • MA (Hons) Economics and Marketing

As a result of this flexibility,  your Economics degree will prepare you for a wide range of successful careers in economics, banking, finance, consultancy or business management. You can also continue with further studies in economics and related subjects like recent graduates who have gone on to study PhDs at world-leading institutions such as Harvard and Cambridge.

Read on for a break-down of the degree structure and for further details about the destinations of our graduates. 


Work and study

This is what our MA (Hons) Economics students are doing six months after graduating:

  • 71% are working
  • 0% are studying
  • 14% are working and studying.

Managerial/professional position

  • 75% of those working are in a professional/managerial position six months after graduating.


  • The average salary of students six months after graduating: £22000
  • The average UK salary of students six months after graduating from a similar course: £25000


These are the most common jobs students go into six months after graduating:

  • Business, research and administrative professionals
  • Business and public service associate professionals
  • Elementary occupations
  • Information technology and telecommunications professionals
  • Sales occupations


Employers include:

  • Procurement Specialist | BP Oil & Gas
  • Economics Analyst | Mediacom
  • Graduate Economist | PwC Consulting
  • Junior Consultant | Ernst & Young
  • Trainee Medical Underwriter | Royal London Group
  • Management Consultant | PA Consulting
  • Graduate Retail Banker | Royal Bank of Scotland
  • Business Consultant | Ernst & Young

Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardMA (Hons)How you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study4 years
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course feesGBP 9250International course feesGBP 14200

Notes about fees for this course

Status*Scotland / EU**England / Northern Ireland / WalesInternationalFeePaid by SAAS£9,250£14,200

* 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.

** European Union countries, not including England, Northern Ireland or Wales.

Scholarships and bursaries

Featured scholarships

Bursaries for students from England, Northern Ireland or Wales starting undergraduate degree courses in 2018

In addition to government maintenance loans and grants towards the costs of fees and living costs, we are offering generous financial support to attract and support eligible students from England, Northern Ireland or Wales:

  • Heriot-Watt University Bursary (up to £3,100 per year)
  • Heriot-Watt Academic Scholarship (£1,000 per year)

View our full range of undergraduate scholarships.

Entry requirements

Year 1

  • Highers AAAB (over two sittings)
  • A-Levels BBB
  • Int. Baccalaureate 29 points
  • HNC B in graded unit

Year 2

  • Advanced Highers BB in relevant subjects, plus AAAB at Higher.
  • A-Levels ABB in relevant subjects
  • Int. Baccalaureate 34 points plus relevant subjects
  • HND BB in graded units, relevant HND
  • Additional information Minimum of grade C in Mathematics at Scottish Higher, grade C in Mathematics at AS or 5 in HL Maths for International Baccalaureate is required.

Additional information

  • Intermediate 2 / National 5 / GCSE English and Mathematics are required for all Economics programmes.
  • BTEC Relevant BTEC qualifications are accepted; please contact Admissions Tutor for further details

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