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If you want to train as an economist then our 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 Economics at Dundee?

The eight established Scottish Universities (Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Herriot-Watt, St. Andrews, Stirling, Aberdeen and Strathclyde) collaborate through the Scottish Graduate Programme to provide a high quality and thorough training in economics to graduate students and to instil in them all the skills necessary to become a modern professional economist.

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.

How you will be taught

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

What you will study

The course comprises the following modules:
Microeconomic Analysis
Macroeconomic Analysis
One option from the wide choice available

How you will be assessed

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.

Visit the PGDip Economics page on the University of Dundee website for more details!




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