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Economics for Business and Policy

12 months
16950 GBP/year
8500 GBP/year
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The Economics for Business and Policy programme at the University of Stirling is different to others: it places great emphasis on applying economic thinking to real world business and policy challenges. 

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You'll explore interactions between international institutions, governments and households, and develop an appreciation of the insights that economic analysis can bring to business and policy. 

The  Economics for Business and Policy  programme at the University of Stirling  also cultivates your skills in decision making and analysis, while enhancing your critical thinking abilities in evaluating business performance, management styles and statistics, as well as public, social and macroeconomic policies and their effect on businesses and households.

The programme prepare you for the workplace, as through this course you'll gain practical experience by working with organisations across the business landscape, such as Wood Mackenzie and Scottish Power, through to Zero Waste Scotland and the Institute for Fiscal Studies. 

You’ll get to delve into the markets and environments these organisations work in through a mix of site visits and guest lectures. There’s also the opportunity to undertake a summer consultancy project with external clients. This allows you to integrate the knowledge and skills from your master’s degree to solve a real business challenge.

Your learning and knowledge will benefit from our academic staff’s excellent links with industry and policy think tanks, as well as our ties with the Behavioural Science Centre, Centre for Sustainable Practice and Living (CSPL) and The Centre for Constitutional Change.

Career opportunities

This Masters course in Economics for Business and Policy places great emphasis on applying economic thinking to real-world business and policy challenges, ensuring that our graduates are highly employable. 

Your career prospects are further enhanced by our excellent links with business and policy think tanks. The skills and knowledge you’ll gain on this course will let you redefine your career into a number of different roles, including:

  • business analyst in large organisations within energy, transport, and healthcare sectors
  • market and data analyst for multinational companies, charities, news and media
  • economist in investment banking and other bank departments
  • official in international organisations such as the European Union, UNIDO, UNEP
  • economic, investment and management consultant
  • analyst or manager in non-profit organisations
  • local government and development agency official
  • commercial analyst
  • environment and energy analysts
  • health managers
  • business and corporate managers
    • research officers in think tanks
    • academic post, such as research assistant/fellow and lecturer in university and research institutes

    Programme Structure

    Courses include:

    • Flying Start Leadership Programme
    • Microeconomics for Business and Policy
    • Understanding and Using Statistics 
    • Business Analytics
    • Macroeconomics for Business and Policy
    • Sustainable Business and Policy Analysis in Practice 
    • Project Management 
    • Managing Change 

    Key information


    • Full-time
      • 12 months

    Start dates & application deadlines


    IELTS or TOEFL needed


    On Campus

    Academic requirements

    GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
    Lower Second Class (required)
    GRE admission requirements GRE® The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. It contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.
    GMAT admission requirements GMAT The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a test intended to assess certain analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in written English for use in admission to a graduate management program, such as an MBA. GMAT contains 4 sections - Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative and Verbal. The score has a range from 200 - 800.

    English requirements

    IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
    6 (required)
    TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at desiganated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
    80 (required)
    PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.

    Other requirements

    General requirements

    • A minimum of a second class Honours degree or equivalent. Applicants without these formal qualifications but with significant appropriate/relevant work/life experience are encouraged to apply.

    Tuition Fee

    • International

      16950 GBP/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 16950 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
    • EU/EEA

      8500 GBP/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 8500 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.


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