Introducing MA Business and Economics
Business and Economics combines the relatively academic rigour of mainstream economics with the more practical and vocational perspective of business. Major areas of common interest, linked to the teaching and research interests in the two schools, include strategy and game theory, negotiations, governance structures, banking and finance. The programme provides an excellent basis for a management career in business, financial services, or the public sector.
This programme holds triple accreditation from international ranking bodies AACSB, EQUIS and AMBA.
What you will study
You will study Global Challenges for Business and The Business of Edinburgh which introduce key concepts of management and business including strategy, finance, marketing and the management of people. You will also study Accountancy 1A, an Introduction to Financial Accounting;, and Accountancy 1B, an Introduction to Management Accounting; as well as Economics 1.
You will study Business Economics and Career Development Planning. You can also choose from the following courses: Organisational Behaviour; Business Economics; Principles of Finance; Applications of Finance; HR Management; International Business, Marketing; Business Analytics and Information Systems; Business Simulation; Innovation and Entrepreneurship. In addition you will study Economics 2 and Statistical Methods for Economics.
You will study Strategic Management and Business Research Methods II: Applications and Analysis. In addition you will choose more specialist courses in business as well as courses in economics: Essentials of Econometrics; Topics in Microeconomics and Applications of Econometrics; or Topics in Macroeconomics.
You will study two further specialist courses in business and two in economics and will complete a dissertation on a topic closely linked to your programme.
Find out more about the compulsory and optional courses in this degree programme.
To give you an idea of what you will study on this programme, we publish the latest available information. However, please note this may not be for your year of entry, but for a different academic year.
Programme structure (2017/18)
A key aim of our programmes is to combine academic knowledge with transferable skills in order to enhance employability.
Business graduates are highly valued by employers across the world. You will have a choice of careers open to you, including accountancy and taxation, management, consulting, finance, marketing and human resources.
English language requirements
You must provide evidence that your written and spoken English is at a level that will enable you to succeed in your studies.
English language tests
If English is not your first language, you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your spoken and written English:
- IELTS Academic module overall 7.0 with 6.0 in each component
- TOEFL-iBT 100 or above with 20 in each section
- Cambridge English: Advanced or Proficiency overall 185 with 169 in each component
- Pearson Test of English (Academic): Total 67 with at least 56 in each "Communicative Skills" section
- Trinity ISE: ISE III with a pass in all four components
About English language requirements
SQA and GCSE
For SQA and GCSE students, unless a higher level is specified in the stated entry requirements, a pass is required in English at the following grades or higher:
- SQA National 5 Grade C
- SQA Standard Grade 3
- SQA Intermediate 1 Grade A
- SQA Intermediate 2 Grade C
- GCSE Grade Cor 4
- IB Standard Level Grade 5
Fees, costs and funding
Tuition fees for MA Business and Economics
If studying abroad in Year 3, your costs will vary by country. In Year 4 you will undertake a dissertation and, depending on the field of study you choose, there may be costs associated with undertaking surveys and conducting interviews.
For more information on how much it will cost to study with us and the financial support available see our fees and funding information.
Fees and funding