4 September 2018
RECORDS MANAGEMENT SECTION
The University of Edinburgh
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Mr John Smith
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Dear Mr Smith
Freedom of information request
Thank you for your email of 10 August 2018 requesting admissions statistics for
economics degree programmes.
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recognised for our research, development and innovation and we have provided world-
class teaching to our students for more than 425 years. We are the largest university in
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forms one of the leading groups of economic theorists in Europe, and it is the base for
the Scottish Graduate Programme in Economics, a collaboration between eight Scottish
universities. The structure of our economics degree provides a solid basis for further
study or a career in economics. More information about the School of Economics and its
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For each of the last five years you requested the number of applicants who put “the
Edinburgh economics course” as their insurance choice, and missed their conditional
offer over the last five years. For those who missed their offer you asked how many were
accepted onto the course.
UNIVERSITY SECRETARY Ms Sarah Smith
The University of Edinburgh is a charitable body, registered in Scotland, with registration number SC005336
The first row of data in Table 1 provides the number of economics applicants meeting the
• Received a conditional offer from the University of Edinburgh (UoE),
• Accepted the conditional offer as their ‘insurance’ choice,
• Were rejected by their ‘firm’ choice, and
• Missed the conditions of their UoE offer.
The second row of data in Table 1 shows the number of these applicants who were
subsequently accepted by the University of Edinburgh.
Table 1: Number of applicants to economics programmes
meeting specific criteria, 2013/14 to 2017/18
Number of conditional offer holders who accepted UoE as their
‘insurance’ choice, were rejected by their ‘firm’ choice and missed
15 22 11 23 28
the conditions of their UoE offer
Number of these offer holders accepted by UoE on confirmation
The table includes applicants to the University of Edinburgh degree programmes: MA
Economics; MA Economics and Accounting; MA Economics and Economic History; MA
Economics and Mathematics; MA Economics and Politics; MA Economics and Sociology;
MA Economics and Statistics; MA Economics with Environmental Science; MA
Economics with Finance; MA Economics with Management Science
The 2013/14 data refers to the admissions cycle that concluded at the end of September
2013 for both immediate entry in the 2013/14 academic year, as well as for deferred
entry in the 2014/15 academic year.
The 2018/19 admissions cycle is not yet complete so we do not yet hold information for
this year. We expect to hold this data from October 2018. If you would like this data,
please submit your request after this date.
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