MA Business and Economics | The University of Edinburgh

Summary

Year 1

You will focus on key themes of understanding the nature of business including:

Year 1

You will focus on key themes of understanding the nature of business including:

organisational forms

the impact of globalisation and global inequality

the shift to a low carbon economy

the impact of technology and digital disruption

You will gain an insight into the practice of management by using examples of widely-used concepts and techniques in local businesses and the day-to-day role of managers. This will include guest lectures, cases and recorded interviews, developed in partnership with local organisations.

You will study Global Challenges for Business and The Business of Edinburgh which introduce key concepts of management and business including:

strategy

finance

marketing

management of people

Accounting

You will take an accounting course where you will:

examine the basic principles and underlying concepts of accounting

explore the ways in which accounting statements and financial information can be used to improve the quality of decision-making

learn how accounting relates to the broader context of the strategic and operational aspects of business

Economics

You will also study Economics 1, which is a calculus-based course.

You will develop:

a rigorous understanding of core economic models and analysis, and how these are applied in a variety of contexts

an understanding of how economic principles enable managers to make optimal decisions, and the government policies that affect those decisions.

Optional course

You will study one optional course. This may be in business, such as:

Psychological Well-being in Business

Thinking About Business

Planning for a Start-Up

Fundamentals of Programming for Business Applications

However, you may also choose one option from other schools (subject to availability and timetabling constraints), such as:

languages

art

history

psychology

literature

sociology

geography

mathematics

Year 2

You will broaden your knowledge of essential business and economics subjects through the study of a compulsory economic statistical analysis course and business economics.

Optional course

You may also choose two other business options from a choice of the following courses:

finance

marketing

innovation and entrepreneurship

organisation studies

international business

business analytics

understanding and delivering public services

HR management

business simulation

Year 3

As you progress to Honours level, you will take a compulsory course in Strategic Management and help prepare for your Dissertation (in Year 4) by extending your Business Research Methods training.

You will also study essential econometrics and microeconomics with a choice between applications of econometrics or macroeconomics.

You can now start to specialise in a particular area of business that interests you or explore a wider range of concepts.

Optional course

You will choose one more specialist Honours course in business, building on the knowledge and skills you gained in your Year 2. Examples include:

global business

finance

marketing

innovation and entrepreneurship

business economics

human resource management

business analytics

Year 4

Your dissertation is central to Year 4 and you can choose to take this in either business (the Management Honours Dissertation) or economics.

This is an independent research project that you will conduct on a topic of your choosing that is closely linked to your degree programme.

You will develop skills in:

advanced project management

critical-thinking

cognitive, analytical, creative, evaluative and written communication

building and presenting arguments to a wider audience

You will be allocated an advisor who will offer advice and guidance throughout your Dissertation.

The Management Honours Dissertation will be further supplemented by Dissertation support sessions and hangouts. Here, you can share your experiences, learn from each other and get timely advice from the Dissertation team.

Optional courses

You will also choose two specialist business and two specialist economics Honours courses.

MA Business and Economics | The University of Edinburgh
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