Birkbeck, University of London

Course Introduction

The programme fills a critical gap in the market for postgraduate training in economics. If you have an undergraduate degree in another subject area ' however distant from economics ' but wish to switch to economics, this Graduate Diploma is specifically designed to allow you to do just that, without spending 3 or 4 years studying for a second undergraduate degree. It provides rigorous and intensive training, spread over 1 or 2 years, after which you will be able to compete on equal terms with students graduating with undergraduate degrees in economics. Many of our students require a level of economic knowledge in their jobs that is usually acquired at an undergraduate level; they need a sound knowledge of the core analytical tools of economics, coupled with some training in econometrics, the statistical side of the discipline. Many of our students work for City institutions, the Bank of England, government departments and economic regulators. Others aim to go on to Master's'level study, with the ultimate ambition of becoming a professional economist, whether in the private or public sector, or an academic economist (which requires further study to PhD level). The programme will give you a thorough grounding in the fundamental ideas and methods of modern economics, and you will learn to apply economic reasoning to practical problems. Crucially, you will also develop the necessary mathematical and statistical tool'kit for studying economics. A background in a mathematical discipline is an advantage, but not essential; pre'sessional courses beginning in September provide an accelerated revision of core mathematics skills, starting at roughly GCSE level, but progressing very rapidly to more advanced techniques.

Course Modules

You take the following 5 modules, plus preliminary classes in September. Year 1: Applied statistics and econometrics; quantitative techniques year 2; macroeconomics; mathematical economics; microeconomics.

Course Additional Entry

At least a 2.2 degree in any discipline or equivalent. The 1'year intensive programme usually requires a 2.1 and some prior mathematical training. Evidence of aptitude for mathematical and statistical analysis is advantageous. If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, our usual requirement is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub'tests.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
1 year
Full Time
Graduate Diploma (Postgraduate) £11,475  Academic year. First year overseas fees
1 year
Full Time
Graduate Diploma (Postgraduate) £5,300  Academic year. First year home fees
2 years
Part Time Evening
Graduate Diploma (Postgraduate) £5,750  Academic year. First year overseas fees
2 years
Part Time Evening
Graduate Diploma (Postgraduate) £2,700  Academic year. First year home fees

Qualifications required:

  • Degree 2.2