Financial Economics PGDip

  • For Entry: September
  • UCAS Code: P037306
  • Duration: Nine months
  • College: Arts & Social Sciences
  • School: Business

If you want to train as an economist then our Financial 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.

Why study the Diploma in Financial Economics at Dundee?

This course is designed to help students understand the principles behind important financial decisions that will prepare them for working in the financial services industry; handling the commercial financial decisions as well as every-day personal finances. These skills are essential as financial economics encompasses a number of aspects of personal and professional life, including insurance, savings and investment.

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

What's so good about Economics at Dundee?

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.

Related Courses

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

The course comprises the following modules:

  • Microeconomic Analysis
  • Macroeconomic Analysis
  • Econometrics
  • Financial Economic Analysis.

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

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.

Follow the School of Business Careers Rep on Twitter @UoDCBusiness.

Year of Entry: 2015

Entry Requirements: 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.

English Language Requirement

IELTS of 6.5 (or equivalent), if your first language is not English.

Please check our English language requirements page for details of equivalent grades from other test providers, and information about the University of Dundee English language courses.

EU and International students visit our EU and International webpages for entry requirements tailored to your home country.

English Language Pre-Sessional Programmes

We offer Pre-Sessional programmes throughout the year and Foundation Programme(s) for both undergraduate and postgraduate students which start at the beginning of the academic year.  These programmes are all 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.  Successful completion of these programmes guarantees progression to various degrees at the University of Dundee as long as you hold a relevant offer.

The 30 week (one Academic Year) Foundation Programme(s) allow applicants who have not met our typical academic entry requirements, and require additional English Language support by up to 1.0 IELTS, to gain the necessary qualifications to enter the University of Dundee degree programmes in the following year.

The 24 week Pre-Sessional programme (March – August) provides additional English Language tuition for students who do not meet our minimum English Language requirements by up to 1.0 IELTS and the 10 week Pre-Sessional programme  (June – August) (October – December) provides specialist English Language tuition for students who are 0.5 IELTS below the requirement for their degree programme.

There have been many changes to the arrangements for funding students entering higher education in recent years, yet a degree from the University of Dundee, with its high rate of employment success, remains a cost-effective option.

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 categoryFees for students starting September 2015
Scottish students Fee to be confirmed for 2015/16.
Rest of UK students Fee to be confirmed for 2015/16.
EU students Fee to be confirmed for 2015/16.
Overseas students (non-EU) Fee to be confirmed for 2015/16.

Please read the Postgraduate "How to Apply" section for information on how to upload relevant documents to UKPASS before proceeding with your application.

Apply online via UKPASS