• For Entry: September
  • Duration: 9 months
  • School: Social Sciences
  • Study Mode: Full Time

For graduates wishing to make the transition to studying economics at postgraduate level.

If you want to train as an economist then our Economics diploma will provide you with all you need while offering the greatest flexibility in your future career choices, a great option for those attracted by the opportunities in the financial sector. The skills you will acquire will provide you with an excellent foundation for your future life and career.

The eight established Scottish Universities (Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Herriot-Watt, St. Andrews, Stirling, Aberdeen and Strathclyde) collaborate through the Scottish Graduate Programme to provide a high quality and thorough training in economics to graduate students and to instil in them all the skills necessary to become a modern professional economist.

Gaining this diploma can lead to entry onto the MSc Scottish Graduate Programme in Economics.

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The study of Economics as a serious enterprise goes back to the Dundee School of Economics, founded in 1931. Of the many distinguished economists who were members of the Dundee School, the most famous name is that of Nobel Laureate, Ronald Coase.

Today, Economic Studies is committed to preserving that tradition of excellence in research, scholarship and teaching. Our main focus is on applied economics and economic policy. Members of Economic Studies are all actively engaged in research in these areas and seek to enliven and inform their teaching through their own scholarship. Many of the modern debates to which students will be exposed are those in which their teachers have made an active contribution.

Economic Studies is proud of the success of its own members, many of whom have high international reputations. We are equally proud of the success of so many of our graduates and postgraduates in many different walks of life - the civil service, industry, finance and academia.

Who should study this course?

This Diploma programme is intended as a bridge between first degree and postgraduate study. It is designed particularly to help students with first degrees involving only limited specialisation in economics make the transition to studying economics at the postgraduate level.

How you will be taught

Modules start at the beginning of the academic session in September and are taught by lectures and tutorials.

How you will be assessed

The Diploma is awarded for satisfactory performance in coursework and degree examinations.

What you will study

The course comprises the following modules:

  • Microeconomic Analysis
  • Macroeconomic Analysis
  • Econometrics
  • one option from the wide choice available

A wide range of possibilities is open to you when you graduate, 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

You may wish to continue onto the MSc Scottish Graduate Programme in Economics.

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.

Year of Entry: 2016

A good (at least a lower second class Honours degree or equivalent) first degree, in any subject which has enabled you to develop analytical skills.

 EU and International qualifications

English Language Requirement

IELTS Overall 6.5
Listening 5.5
Reading 5.5
Writing 6.0
Speaking 5.5

 Equivalent grades from other test providers


English Language Programmes

We offer Pre-Sessional and Foundation Programme(s) throughout the year. These are designed to prepare you for university study in the UK when you have not yet met the language requirements for direct entry onto a degree programme.

 Discover our English Language Programmes

The fees you pay will depend on your fee status. Your fee status is determined by us using the information you provide on your application.

 Find out more about fee status

Fee statusFees for students starting 2016/17
Scottish and EU students £5,500 per year of study
Rest of UK students £5,500 per year of study
Overseas students (non-EU) £12,950 per year of study
Fee statusFees for students starting 2017/18
Scottish and EU students 3966
Rest of UK students 3966
Overseas students (non-EU) £9,966 Pro Rata

You apply for this course via the UCAS Postgraduate (UKPASS) website which is free of charge. You can check the progress of your application online and you can also make multiple applications.

You'll need to upload relevant documents as part of your application. Please read the How to Apply page before you apply to find out about what you'll need.

  Degree Course Code
Apply NowEconomics PGDipP002922

Course Contact

Professor Yu Zhu
Social Sciences
+44 (0)1382 384378

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