University Of Glasgow Economics

University Of Glasgow Economics

In studying economics you will learn how individuals and society make choices about how scarce resources are used, what products are produced and who gets to consume them. These choices depend on evaluating costs, benefits, risks and effects on others.

Economics at Glasgow dates back to Adam Smith, who was a Professor at the University in the 18th century and is widely renowned as the father of modern economics.




You will study the principles of microeconomics and macroeconomics and will have the opportunity to develop an interest in fields such as government policy, developing countries, the economics of business, and international trade and finance. You will be exposed to different schools of thought and you will also have the opportunity to develop an interest in fields such as government policy, developing countries and international trade.


In first year you will study:

  • Introduction to the market mechanism
  • International trade
  • Economic development
  • Macroeconomics
  • Macroeconomic policy in an open economy
  • Quantitative techniques.


In second year you will study:

  • Intermediate macroeconomics
  • Intermediate microeconomics
  • Introduction to mathematical economics
  • Economic data analysis.

You will also study other subjects in years 1 and 2: see Flexible degrees.


If you progress to Honours (years 3 and 4)you will take courses in microeconomic analysis and macroeconomic analysis. You will also take courses in econometrics, which involves the statistical techniques of economic analysis.

In year 4 the compulsory course on government and the economy puts the skills you have developed in your first three years into action by studying current policy issues.

You can also choose from a wide range of other courses, studying topics such as environmental economics, government debt, international finance, economics of housing, economics of team sport, public economics, mathematical methods, economics of banking, experimental economics and heterodox economics.

University Of Glasgow Economics


You can apply to spend part or all of your third year at another university within the EU as part of the Erasmus+ Programme. Alternatively, you can apply to study further afield in the United States, Canada, South America, Australia or New Zealand. See Study abroad.


Academic entry requirements
for entry in 2017

Applicants to subject-combinations with Psychology must meet the Psychology degree programmeentry requirements.

MA (SocSci) (Hons)


  • Standard academic entry requirements: AAB.
  • Minimum academic entry requirements: BBB.
  • Other mandatory requirements: One A-level arts, humanities or language subject. GCSE Mathematics at grade B or above.


  • Standard academic entry requirements: S5 entry requirement = AAAAB.
  • Minimum academic entry requirements: S5 minimum requirement = AABB. S5 & S6 cumulative requirement = AAAAAA
  • Other mandatory requirements: Higher English OR a humanities subject at grade B or above. National 5 Mathematics at grade B or above.

We adjust these entry requirements for eligible applicants, from AABBB at S5/S6, based upon completion of a pre-entry programme. For pre-entry programme eligibility and adjusted grade requirements, see Access Glasgow.

Accepted humanities and languages Highers


  • Standard academic entry requirements: 38 points.
  • Minimum academic entry requirements: 34 points.
  • Other mandatory requirements: Must include three HL subjects at 6,6,6. Applicants must have English and a humanities subject. Whilst HL6 is preferred for both these subjects SL6 may be considered for ONE. SL4 Mathematics or Mathematical Studies.

University Of Glasgow Economics


Typical entry requirements for European qualifications: Social Sciences European Requirements[pdf]