There has never been a more exciting time to study economics. The ongoing consequences of the last economic crisis mean that the world urgently needs new thinking and new processes to meet the challenges of a changing economic climate. As an economics student, you will explore issues of economic stability, growth and development, all vital for economic forecasting and for influencing economic performance and policy. You will also examine the causes of economic growth and the policies that are designed to promote prosperity, increase efficiency and reduce unwanted fluctuation in fiscal activity. There is a distinguished history of economics in Scotland that includes the work of David Hume and Adam Smith. Throughout your studies, you will learn from world-leading economists before following in the footsteps of our graduates who are in demand by national and international organisations. This combined programme complements the basic grounding in and applications of mathematical techniques, provided within the economics programme, with a more thorough and rigorous development of mathematical principles. The programme provides an excellent background if you want to pursue a relatively technical career in an area such as finance and insurance (including actuarial work), or if you would like to proceed to graduate study of economics.