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.
- 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
- 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