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    January 15

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    Why study Economic Studies at Dundee?

    Dundee offers a flexible Honours programme in business, economics and finance enabling you to choose a combination of subjects that best suits your aptitudes and aspirations. You can choose to take either an MA if your interests and background lie mainly in the arts and social sciences or a BSc if you lean more towards mathematics, computing and the physical sciences.

    If you want to train as an economist then the Economics degree will provide you with all you need while offering the greatest flexibility in your future career choices. If, however, you decide on a career in business then you can choose the Business Economics with Marketing degree which focuses on the business environment. The third possibility is the Financial Economics degree for those attracted by the opportunities in the financial sector.

    Our focus on applied economics research makes our modules closely linked to real problems in contemporary economies.

    The skills you will acquire will provide you with an excellent foundation for your future life and career.

    What's so good about Economic Studies at Dundee?

    Extra-curricular activities

    The Dundee University School of Business Society (DUSBS) is run by our students who organise various events throughout the year.

    You will also have the opportunity to attend recruitment talks from representatives of institutions such as the Government Economic Service, Scottish Executive, and Bank of England etc.


    A wide range of possibilities is open to you when you graduate in economic studies. Alongside your specific subject knowledge, your degree will provide you with a valuable range of skills that can be used in many different careers such as:

    • Selecting and analysing information
    • Solving both abstract and practical problems
    • Understanding and interpreting numerical and graphical data
    • Thinking logically and laterally
    • Communicating your ideas concisely

    In recent years our graduates have found employment in many walks of life. Some have decided to pursue careers as professional economists and have gone on to work for the UK Government Economic Service or the Scottish Government. Others have taken up careers in finance or in general management, working for banking multinationals, major consultancies and marketing departments.

    To help students with their job search, we organise sessions on career prospects where potential employers are invited to talk to students about future opportunities.

    UCAS Code: L100

    Detailed Course Facts

    Application deadline January 15 Tuition fee

    The fees you pay will, in most cases, depend on your current country of residence.

    The fee shown is annual, and may be subject to an increase each year.

    Fee category

    Fees for students starting September 2015

    Scottish students

    £1,820 per year of study (for Sept 2014 entry). Fees for September 2015 will be confirmed by the Scottish Government in early 2015.

    Rest of UK students

    £9,000 per year, for a maximum of 3 years, even if you are studying a four year degree. See our scholarships for rest of UK applicants.

    EU students

    £1,820 per year of study (for Sept 2014 entry). Fees for September 2015 will be confirmed by the Scottish Government in early 2015.

    Overseas students (non-EU)

    £12,950 per year of study. See our scholarships for international applicants.

    Not specified Start date September 2015 This Course starts in September Duration full-time 48 months Languages Take an IELTS test
    • English
    Delivery mode On Campus Educational variant Full-time

    Course Content

    This course is taught by the Economic Studies team based in the School of Business.

    Our approach introduces you to modern analytical and problem solving skills that are important to professional economists and the wider business community.

    How you will be taught

    In Levels 1 and 2 teaching is initially through a combination of lectures and tutorials, supplemented by workshops and computer laboratory sessions.

    These continue in Levels 3 and 4 but you are also given the opportunity to prepare and deliver presentations, both individually and as members of a group. You may engage in case studies in which you research a company or topic in which you have an interest.

    What you will study - MA/BSc Economics

    Honours Degree

    An honours degree normally takes four years, full time, you study levels 1-4, as described below.

    Advanced Entry Honours Degree

    It is possible to study for most of our honours degrees in three years if you have the required grades and subjects as listed in the Entry Requirements section. You study levels 2-4 below. There are definite advantages to considering this route as the time needed to study is reduced by one year which enables you to start working and earning earlier.

    Typical Degree Programme

    Please refer to the degree structure and overview pages for the MA and BSc.

    Level 1

    Global Economic Perspectives: EC11002

    Semester 1, 20 credits

    Why does half the world's population live on less than $2 a day and can we do anything about world poverty? Is Climate change inevitable and if not how can we use economics to find a solution? In this module we show how elementary economics is used to get answers to contemporary and historical economic questions. No previous exposure to economic analysis is assumed.

    Foundations of Economic Analysis: EC12003

    Semester 2, 20 credits

    This module develops the tools for analysing modern economy. It demonstrates how these tools can be used to analyse the behaviour of firms and households in the market place. It also analyses cases where markets break down and how government might intervene to prevent monopolies, pollution and exploitation, while promoting social welfare. In addition to this, the module also looks at the economy as a whole.

    Plus 4 other MA or BSc modules

    Level 2

    Microeconomics: EC21001

    Semester 1, 20 credits

    This module covers the micro aspects of the economy by focusing, initially, on the basic theories of consumer and firm behaviour. These provide the basis for the derivation and analysis of market demand and supply in various settings. The module then examines these settings by looking more closely at the market structure, and attempts to highlight: i) the conditions under which markets will or will not produce desirable outcomes; and ii) the role of government in improving the operation of markets.

    Macroeconomics & Economic Statistics: EC22002

    Semester 2, 20 credits

    In the macroeconomics part of this module we provide an overview of the functioning of the macro-economy in a global context and an understanding of the key policy issues of the United Kingdom in particular. The module goes on to consider how and why money markets are important in the real world. The module also provides a short section on statistics where we introduce you to a selection of statistical procedures commonly used in economics and business and discuss the nature and limitations of some of the indicators conventionally used to measure economic performance.

    Plus 4 other MA or BSc modules

    Level 3

    • EC30012 - Macroeconomic Analysis (Year-Long)
    • EC30011 - Microeconomic Analysis (Year-Long)
    • EC30001 - Econometrics (Year-Long)

    plus 1 optional module - choice typically includes:

    • EC30005 - Financial Institutions (Year-Long)
    • EC30008 - Human Resources (Year-Long)
    • EC30003 - Marketing (Year-Long)
    • EC30014 - Quantitative Methods for Business (Year-Long)

    Level 4

    • EC40008 - Economic Policy (Year-Long)
    • EC40009 - Economic Theory (Year-Long)

    Plus 2 optional modules - choice typically includes:

    • EC40007 - Business Strategy (Year-Long)
    • EC40013 - Dissertation (Year-Long)
    • EC40004 - Economics of Globalisation (Year-Long)
    • EC40010 - Financial Economic Analysis (Year-Long)
    • EC40002 - Government and Business (Year-Long)
    • EC40005 - International Finance (Year-Long)
    • EC40011 - Marketing Research (Year-Long)
    • EC40006 - Risk and Information (Year-Long)

    You may also choose a foreign language as part of your degree or even select options from other disciplines.

    How you will be assessed

    Coursework, in the form of essays, quizzes and group projects plays an important role in assessment which, together with examinations, provides the basis for your final grade.

    As part of their assessed coursework, the Honours year marketing research class carries out a number of marketing research studies on behalf of the Dundee University Students Association (the Students' Union). In the past the students have carried out surveys addressing issues such as perceptions of the regular club nights and weekend catering provision in the bar. In several cases the results of the survey have provided a significant input into revising the Union’s offerings.

    UK requirements for international applications

    Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).

    Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.

    All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.

    University requirements

    Program requirements


    See the Course Website for Full details

    Work Experience

    No work experience is required.

    Related Scholarships*

    • Academic Excellence Scholarship

      "The Academic Excellence Scholarship can provide up to a 50 % reduction in tuition per semester. These scholarships will be renewed if the student maintains superior academic performance during each semester of their 3-year Bachelor programme. The scholarship will be directly applied to the student’s tuition fees."

    • Access Bursary

      Bursary for UK students all subjects where the variable tuition fee rate is payable.

    • Alumni Bursary

      Alumni Bursary for UK Undergraduate students

    * The scholarships shown on this page are suggestions first and foremost. They could be offered by other organisations than University of Dundee.

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