• For Entry: September
  • Duration: 9 months
  • School: Business
  • 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 or establish an economics foundation for broader options in the financial sector, our Economics PG Diploma is an excellent choice.

This course will give you a thorough training in economics and all the skills you need to become a modern professional economist.

This diploma course is intended as a bridge between your first degree and postgraduate study and can lead to entry onto the MSc Scottish Graduate Programme in Economics. It is a particularly good fit if you’ve previously only had limited experience in economics but wish to study it at postgraduate level.

Dundee’s Economics department is considered among Britain’s top 10 by The Guardian (2016), and the University is rated the best in Scotland by some of the most influential Higher Education surveys. The Economic Studies team are all actively engaged in research and draw on this work in their teaching. Many of the modern debates which students will be considering are those in which their teachers have made an active contribution.

We welcome students from the UK and elsewhere in the world to our stimulating, supportive, friendly and well-organised campus. All economics students will be welcomed to our Business Society, which arranges an event calendar, annual ball and career presentations from institutions such as the Government Economic Service, the Scottish Executive and the Bank of England.

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 Honours option from the choice available

A wide range of possibilities is open to you when you graduate. Alongside your specific subject knowledge, you’ll be skilled at:

  • 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 roles 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.

You’ll be able to make use of the University's dedicated careers service to help you to confidently apply for your next career move.


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 2017/18
Scottish and EU students £3,966
Rest of UK students £3,966
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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