Economics is a social science which examines the production, distribution and consumption of goods and services. Studying economics lets you understand how people interact with others and their surroundings. You’ll also investigate worldwide issues within a historical and philosophical context, and learn how to apply your knowledge for the good of business and society.

At the University of Stirling Management School, our economics courses are taught in an innovative new way through our commitment to the CORE Project – “Economics for a Changing World”.  We place great emphasis on applying economic thinking to real world business and policy challenges. You’ll gain strong analytical skills along with the knowledge and practical skills you need to gain success in your chosen career.

Economics courses

Courses labelled are available for online study only.

CPD / standalone modules

The University of Stirling Management School offer executive education programmes to organisations and businesses to help you make an impact with your industry.

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Top 25

University of Stirling Management School is among the UK's top 25 institutions for Business and Management

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2nd in Scotland

and Top 5 in the UK for Economics

The Guardian University Guide 2022

Graduate careers in Economics

The University of Stirling Management School helps you to maximise your career after graduating with an Economics degree. Everything you do while studying here is designed to help you build the transferrable skills that will make you stand out to future employers. Your career prospects are also enhanced by our excellent links with business and policy think tanks.

Graduates with a degree in Economics are highly employable and pursue careers in many different areas. The types of roles our graduates enter include:

  • Economic analyst
  • Portfolio manager
  • Commercial analyst
  • Environment and energy analyst
  • Risk manager
  • Investment manager
  • Intelligence analyst
  • Research officer

Partnerships and industry

Demonstrating the University of Stirling Management School’s strong international focus is our membership of the following organisations:

  • The European Foundation for Management Development
  • The Chartered Association of Business Schools
  • AACSB Business Education Alliance

We have an international reputation for producing top class research and teaching, with three global partnership hubs. Our international partners include:


Economics Society – a student run society for those who share an interest in economics. They host a series of talks, discussions and social events.

Economics research

Our Economics research has a focus on public and social policy outcomes. We use behavioural science approaches to increase our understanding of how people and firms make decisions and to inform how environmental, energy and health policy can be made more effective. Our key areas of interest are:

  • Environmental and resource economics
  • Public Health economics
  • Work, wellbeing and ageing

Our researchers work across many areas and contribute to the work in interdisciplinary research centres.

Postgraduate research opportunities

Our Economics PhD programme is affiliated with the prestigious Scottish Graduate Programme in Economics and is accredited by the Economic and Social Research Council. See our PhD and MPhil opportunities in:

Behavioural Science Centre

The centre integrates approaches from Economics and Psychology to better understand connections between economic, psychological, and health outcomes and their determinants.