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University of Edinburgh

Economics and Politics

UCAS Code: LL12
MA (Hons) 4 years full-time 2017
Ucas points guide

128-144

% applicants receiving offers

40%

Subjects
  • Economics
  • Politics
Student score
70% LOW
73% LOW
% employed or in further study
95% MED
93% MED
Average graduate salary
£25k MED
£21k MED
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level
AAA-ABB

ABB including Mathematics, or AS Mathematics at grade A (if A Level is not taken). Mathematics at grade B.

Scottish Highers
ABBB-AAAA

ABBB by end of S5 or ABBBB/AABB from S4-S6. Higher Mathematics required. National 5 English at Grade C.

BTEC Diploma
Not Available

International Baccalaureate
34

Award of Diploma with 34 points overall and grades 655 in HL subjects including Mathematics. SL: Mathematics at 6 (if not taken at HL) and English at 4.

UCAS tariff points
Not Available

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 128-144 and refer to the university’s website for full details of all entry routes and requirements.

The real story about entry requirements

% applicants receiving offers

40%

Provided by UCAS, this is the percentage of applicants who were offered a place on the course last year. Note that not all applicants receiving offers will take up the place, so this figure is likely to differ from applicants to places.

What does the numbers of applicants receiving course offers tell me?

Tuition fee & financial support

Not available

Maximum annual fee for UK students. NHS-funded, sandwich or part-time course fees may vary.

If you live in:

  • Scotland and go to a Scottish university, you won’t pay tuition fees
  • Northern Ireland and go to an NI uni, you’ll pay £3,805 in tuition fees
  • Wales you’ll pay £3,810 in fees and get a tuition fee grant to cover the rest
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Will this course suit you?

Sources: UCAS & KIS

Every degree course is different, so it’s important to find one that suits your interests and matches the way you prefer to work – from the modules you’ll be studying to how you’ll be assessed. Top things to look for when comparing courses

Course description

Studying economics at the University of Edinburgh gives you a broad introduction to the subject and the flexibility to study topics that interest you within and outside it. The study of economics covers everything from individual bargaining to large-scale market interactions. It also explores issues of economic stability, growth and development. An understanding of these issues is vital for economic forecasting or influencing economic performance or policy. You will study broad economic concepts, develop your computer skills and learn mathematical and statistical techniques for analysing data and understanding economic models. In the most recent Research Assessment Exercise 45 per cent of our research in Economics and Econometrics was rated 3* internationally excellent, with a further 25 per cent rated 4* world-leading. The MathsBase and student-run Economics Help Desk offer help and support to all Economics undergraduates, at different stages throughout your degree. The University of Edinburgh is the base for the Scottish Institute for Research in Economics.

Modules

University of Edinburgh

Old college quad

Founded in 1583, the University of Edinburgh is one of the world's top universities. We are globally recognised for our research and innovation and we've provided our students with world-class teaching for more than 425 years. Edinburgh itself has something for everyone - pubs, clubs, theatres, museums, galleries and parks. And, of course, the world famous Edinburgh Festival.

How you'll spend your time

  • Lectures / seminars
  • Independent study
  • Placement
23%
77%

Year 1

22%
78%

Year 2

19%
81%

Year 3

6%
94%

Year 4

How you'll be assessed

  • Written exams
  • Coursework
  • Practical exams
55%
43%
2%

Year 1

65%
35%

Year 2

51%
46%
3%

Year 3

20%
80%

Year 4

What do the numbers say for

Where there isn’t enough reliable data about this specific course, we’ve shown aggregated data for all courses at this university within the same subject area

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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were – useful to refer to when you’re narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 74%
Student score 70% LOW
Able to access IT resources

89%

Staff made the subject interesting

69%

Library resources are satisfactory

91%

Feedback on work has been helpful

42%

Feedback on work has been prompt

56%

Staff are good at explaining things

75%

Received sufficient advice and support

60%

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Who studies this subject?

Source: HESA

Start building a picture of who you could be studying with by taking a look at the profile of people that have studied this subject here in previous years.

UK / Non-UK
50% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
40% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
3% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
485 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
88% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
5% of students do not continue into the second year of their course
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What are graduates doing after six months?

Source: DLHE

Here’s what students are up after they graduate from studying this subject here. We’ve analysed the employment rate and salary figures so you can see at a glance whether they’re high, typical or low compared to graduates in this subject from other universities. Remember the numbers are only measured only six months after graduation and can be affected by the economic climate - the outlook may be different when you leave uni. What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

% employed or in further study 95% MED
Average graduate salary £25k MED
Graduates who are administrative occupations: finance

9%

Graduates who are business, finance and related associate professionals

23%

Graduates who are business, research and administrative professionals

13%

Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
Economics graduates normally do well in the jobs market, but as the finance industry has struggled, it's made for more difficult conditions for new graduates. As the industry recovers, we expect the statistics to improve. As so many economic grads go into banking and finance, it's not surprising that nearly half of all 2012's economics graduates who did go into work were working in London. It's quite common for economics graduates to go into jobs such as accountancy which require you to take more training and gain professional qualifications - so don’t assume you won’t have to take any more exams once you leave uni. The incentive to take them, of course, is better pay, which will be on top of an already healthy average starting salary of over £28,000 for graduates working in the capital.
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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were – useful to refer to when you’re narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 78%
Student score 73% LOW
Able to access IT resources

94%

Staff made the subject interesting

80%

Library resources are satisfactory

88%

Feedback on work has been helpful

43%

Feedback on work has been prompt

53%

Staff are good at explaining things

87%

Received sufficient advice and support

63%

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Who studies this subject?

Source: HESA

Start building a picture of who you could be studying with by taking a look at the profile of people that have studied this subject here in previous years.

UK / Non-UK
47% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
59% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
3% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
474 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
85% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
6% of students do not continue into the second year of their course
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What are graduates doing after six months?

Source: DLHE

Here’s what students are up after they graduate from studying this subject here. We’ve analysed the employment rate and salary figures so you can see at a glance whether they’re high, typical or low compared to graduates in this subject from other universities. Remember the numbers are only measured only six months after graduation and can be affected by the economic climate - the outlook may be different when you leave uni. What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

% employed or in further study 93% MED
Average graduate salary £21k MED
Graduates who are business, finance and related associate professionals

8%

Graduates who are sales assistants and retail cashiers

6%

Graduates who are public services and other associate professionals

6%

Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
Most politics or international relations graduates don't actually go into politics - although many do, as activists, fundraisers and researchers. Other popular industries include marketing and PR, management consultancy, youth and community work, the finance industry and academic research (you usually need a postgraduate degree to get into research). Politics is a very popular postgraduate subject, and so about one in six politics graduates go on to take another course to get a Masters after they finish their degrees.
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