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

For non-economics graduates wanting to study Financial Economics at postgraduate level.

TEF Gold - Teaching Excellence Framework

If you want to train as a financial economist or establish an economics foundation for broader options in the financial sector, our Financial Economics PG Diploma is an excellent choice.

Our course will help you understand the principles behind important financial decisions preparing you for a career in financial services; for handling commercial financial decisions as well as for every-day personal finances. These essential financial economics skills cover aspects of personal and professional life, including insurance, savings and investment.

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 (Financial Economics). It is a particularly good fit if you’ve previously only had limited experience of economics but wish to study financial economics at postgraduate level.

Dundee’s Economics department is rated among Britain’s top 10 by The Guardian (2016), and the University is considered 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 its stimulating, supportive, friendly and well-organised campus. All economics students are invited 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.

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

The University of Dundee has been given a Gold award – the highest possible rating – in the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).

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TEF Gold - Teaching Excellence Framework

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
  • Financial Economic Analysis

Optional modules are subject to change.

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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 pursued 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.

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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.

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Fee statusFees for students starting 2018-19
Scottish and EU students £4,630
Rest of UK students £4,630
Overseas students (non-EU) £11,300

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 NowFinancial Economics PGDipP037306

Course Contact

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

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