Scottish Graduate School of Social Science


The Scottish Graduate Programme in Economics (SGPE) is the prime example of a collaborative social-science postgraduate training programme in UK higher education. Now in its 22nd year, it is run by a consortium of 8 founding Scottish departments of economics: Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Heriot-Watt, Stirling, St. Andrews, and Strathclyde. For further information about the SGPE MSc programme, visit the SGPE website.

Core training is delivered through a 1-year MSc in Economics or MSc in Economics (Finance).  The MSc in Economics is currently hosted by Edinburgh University, with teaching provided on site by staff from all 8 SGPE departments. The MSc provides students with a rigorous training in core Microeconomics, Macroeconomics and Econometrics, plus the opportunity to apply the core ideas in a number of applied options.  This is followed by 3 years of PhD by dissertation in one of the member departments. During this period, students obtain further advanced training through a variety of delivery mechanisms. The links between departments, the shared MSc experience and the annual SGPE conference for PhD and MSc students fosters a strong postgraduate community.

ESRC-funded studentships in Economics are available at the following institutions. Please contact the relevant institutional representative for further information: