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 innovative combined programme enables you to complement the study of economics with a structured menu of pathways in environmental studies offered by departments across the University. At the beginning of your studies you choose from pathways in ecological science, geography or general environmental courses. You then follow this choice of environmental pathway for the remainder of your programme. As well as providing a valuable background for a variety of resource management careers, this joint programme provides a broad treatment of pressing issues that are of local, national and global importance.