• For Entry: September
  • Duration: 4 years
  • School: Social Sciences
  • Study Abroad: Yes
  • Study Mode: Full Time

Scotland was the birthplace of modern economics but the profession is now truly international. Our staff hold qualifications from major universities around the world, publish research in leading international journals and regularly present work at international conferences. So if you want to understand how the economy works and the world of business and finance then there is no better place to study than 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.

I love the friendly people here. I love the quirky cafes. I love the view of the Tay at night. I like the size of the city - small enough to feel homey (you can never go out for an errand and not run into a few familiar faces), yet still offer something new every once in a while. I like the location. Edinburgh and St. Andrews are just a short drive away, yet you don't have to break your bank on rents. I love the creativity.

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Extra-curricular activities

The Dundee University Business Society (DUBS) 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, Bank of England etc.

The following are the minimum, up-to-date entry requirements.

You have to obtain your qualifications at the first sitting of examination.

Courses starting 2016
Qualification Level 1 Entry Advanced Entry to Level 2
SQA Higher/Advanced Higher BBBB (minimum) - AABB (typical) at Higher, to include a science subject or mathematics at Higher for BSc degrees. For MA degrees please check essential subjects required for other Joint Honours subjects. AB at Advanced Higher plus BB at Higher in different subjects. For the BSc degrees one of the Advanced Highers should be in economics or mathematics. For MA degrees please check any requirements for other Joint Honours subjects.
GCE A-Level BCC (minimum) - BBB (typical) at A-Level, including a science subject or mathematics for BSc degrees. For MA degrees please check essential subjects required for other Joint Honours subjects. BBB including economics or mathematics for BSc degrees. For MA degrees please check any requirements for other Joint Honours subjects.
Irish Leaving Certificate (ILC) AABB at Higher Level, including a science subject or mathematics for BSc degrees. For MA degrees please check essential subjects required for other Joint Honours subjects. Level 2 entry is not possible with this qualification
International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma 30 points including 5, 5, 5 at Higher Level, to include a science subject or mathematics for BSc degrees. For MA degrees please check essential subjects required for other Joint Honours subjects. 34 points including grades 6, 6, 5 at Higher Level. For BSc degrees this includes economics or mathematics at Higher Level. For MA degrees please check any requirements for other Joint Honours subjects.
Graduate Entry
BTEC A relevant BTEC Extended Diploma with DDD
SQA Higher National (HNC/HND) A relevant HNC with B in the Graded Unit A relevant HND with BB in the Graded Units
Scottish Baccalaureate Pass with CC at Advanced Higher Distinction with AB at Advanced Higher
SWAP Access Relevant subjects with ABB grades to include English Literature/Language at SCQF Level 6 and Communication 4 plus Literature 1 Level 2 entry is not possible with this qualification
Advanced Diploma Grade B with ASL-A Level at B Grade A with ASL-A Level at A
Welsh Baccalaureate Pass with A Levels at BB Pass with A Levels at AA
European Baccalaureate 70% overall 75% overall
Other Qualifications
Notes

 EU and International qualifications



Courses starting 2017
Qualification Level 1 Entry Advanced Entry to Level 2
SQA Higher/Advanced Higher BBBB (minimum) - AABB (typical) at Higher, to include a science subject or mathematics at Higher for BSc degrees. For MA degrees please check essential subjects required for other Joint Honours subjects. AB at Advanced Higher plus BB at Higher in different subjects. For the BSc degrees one of the Advanced Highers should be in economics or mathematics. For MA degrees please check any requirements for other Joint Honours subjects.
GCE A-Level BCC (minimum) - BBB (typical) at A-Level, including a science subject or mathematics for BSc degrees. For MA degrees please check essential subjects required for other Joint Honours subjects. BBB including economics or mathematics for BSc degrees. For MA degrees please check any requirements for other Joint Honours subjects.
Irish Leaving Certificate (ILC) AABB at Higher Level, including a science subject or mathematics for BSc degrees. For MA degrees please check essential subjects required for other Joint Honours subjects. Level 2 entry is not possible with this qualification
International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma 30 points including 5, 5, 5 at Higher Level, to include a science subject or mathematics for BSc degrees. For MA degrees please check essential subjects required for other Joint Honours subjects. 34 points including grades 6, 6, 5 at Higher Level. For BSc degrees this includes economics or mathematics at Higher Level. For MA degrees please check any requirements for other Joint Honours subjects.
Graduate Entry
BTEC Entry to BSc degrees requires a science component equivalent to SQA Higher A relevant BTEC Extended Diploma with DDD
SQA Higher National (HNC/HND) A relevant HNC with B in the Graded Unit A relevant HND with BB in the Graded Units
Scottish Baccalaureate Pass with CC at Advanced Higher Pass with CC at Advanced Higher
SWAP Access Relevant subjects with ABB grades to include English Literature/Language at SCQF Level 6 and Communication 4 plus Literature 1 Level 2 entry is not possible with this qualification
Advanced Diploma Grade B with ASL-A Level at B Grade A with ASL-A Level at A
Welsh Baccalaureate Pass with A Levels at BB Pass with A Levels at AA
European Baccalaureate 70% overall 75% overall
Other Qualifications
Notes Entry to BSc degrees requires a science component equivalent to SQA Higher

 EU and International qualifications



English Language Requirement

For non EU students

IELTS Overall 6.0
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

What you will study

Level 1 entry

With highers, A-levels, Irish Leaving certificate, IB Diploma, HNC, etc

Level 1

6 courses from 2-4 subject areas.

For MA (Hons) Liberal Arts, 6 courses, from up to 6 subject areas.

Advanced entry (to level 2)

With advanced highers, A-levels, IB diploma, HND, etc

Level 2

6 courses from 2-4 subject areas.

For MA (Hons) Liberal Arts, 6 courses, from up to 6 subject areas.

Level 3

4 courses from 1 (single Honours) or 2 (joint Honours) subject areas.

For MA (Hons) Liberal Arts, 4 courses, from up to 4 subject areas.

Graduate

With MA Arts & Social Sciences (without Honours)

Level 4

4 courses from 1 (single Honours) or 2 (joint Honours) subject areas.

For MA (Hons) Liberal Arts, 4 courses, from up to 4 subject areas.

Graduate

With named MA [Honours] Degree

MA/BSc Economics

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

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

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.

MA/BSc Financial Economics

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

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

Level 3

  • EC30012 - Macroeconomic Analysis (Year-Long)
  • EC30011 - Microeconomic Analysis (Year-Long)
  • EC30001 - Econometrics (Year-Long)
  • EC30005 - Financial Institutions (Year-Long)

Level 4

  • EC40010 - Financial Economic Analysis (Year-Long)
  • EC40005 - International Finance (Year-Long)
  • plus 2 optional modules - choice typically includes:
    • EC40007 - Business Strategy (Year-Long)
    • EC40013 - Dissertation (Year-Long)
    • EC40008 - Economic Policy (Year-Long)
    • EC40009 - Economic Theory (Year-Long)
    • EC40004 - Economics of Globalisation (Year-Long)
    • EC40002 - Government and Business (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.

MA/BSc Business Economics with Marketing

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

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

Level 3

  • EC30012 - Macroeconomic Analysis (Year-Long)
  • Business Economic Analysis
  • EC30003 - Marketing (Year-Long)
  • plus 1 optional module - choice typically includes:
    • EC30001 - Econometrics (Year-Long)
    • EC30005 - Financial Institutions (Year-Long)
    • EC30008 - Human Resources (Year-Long)
    • EC30011 - Microeconomic Analysis (Year-Long)
    • EC30014 - Quantitative Methods for Business (Year-Long)

Level 4

  • EC40007 - Business Strategy (Year-Long)
  • EC40011 - Marketing Research (Year-Long)
  • plus 2 optional modules - choice typically includes:
    • EC40013 - Dissertation (Year-Long)
    • EC40008 - Economic Policy (Year-Long)
    • EC40009 - Economic Theory (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)
    • EC40006 - Risk and Information (Year-Long)

How you will be taught

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

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.

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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.

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.

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 categoryFees for students starting 2016/17
Scottish and EU students £1,820 per year of study
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.
Overseas students (non-EU) £12,950 per year of study. See our scholarships for international applicants.
Fee categoryFees for students starting 2017/18
Scottish and EU students £1,820 per year of study (for Sept 2016 entry). Fees for September 2017 will be confirmed by the Scottish Government in early 2017.
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.
Overseas students (non-EU) £14,950 per year of study. See our scholarships for international applicants.

Scottish and EU students can apply to the Students Award Agency for Scotland (SAAS) to have tuition fees paid by the Scottish Government.

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Rest of the UK students can apply for financial assistance, including a loan to cover the full cost of the tuition fees, from the Student Loans Company.

Tuition fees for Overseas (non-EU) students are guaranteed for the length of your course. This means that the tuition fee you pay in your first year (shown above) is the same fee you will pay for each year of your course. We guarantee that this will not increase while you are studying with us. The only exceptions to this are our MBChB Medicine, BSc Medical Sciences and BDS Dentistry degrees which charge a different tuition for the clinical years.



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Apply NowBusiness Economics with Marketing and Geography MALLN0
Apply NowBusiness Economics with Marketing and History MALNV0
Apply NowBusiness Economics with Marketing and Mathematics MALNG0
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Apply NowBusiness Economics with Marketing with Spanish MARNL0
Apply NowEconomics and European Studies MALR18
Apply NowEconomics and History MALV11
Apply NowEconomics and International Relations MALLD2
Apply NowEconomics and Politics MALL12
Apply NowEconomics BSc (Hons)L101
Apply NowEconomics MA (Hons)L100
Apply NowEconomics with French MAL1R1
Apply NowEconomics with German MAL1R2
Apply NowEconomics with Spanish MAL1R4
Apply NowFinancial Economics MAL114
Apply NowFinancial Economics BSc (Hons)L111
Apply NowFinancial Economics with French MAL1RC
Apply NowFinancial Economics with German MAL1RF
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