Birkbeck, University of London

Course Introduction

This programme will give you a greater depth of understanding of real'world issues and allow you to study economic, social and geographical theories while learning how to apply them to contemporary policy issues. The programme responds to recent concerns from students and employers that standard economics programmes often contain narrow and uncritical content. By contrast, this programme will prepare you for jobs in the private or public sector that require clear and concise interpretations of policy issues and an understanding of the interface between economic, social, political and geographical change. Our students build successful careers with a variety of employers in a range of sectors, including the Government Economic Service, the Treasury, the Bank of England, commercial banks, local government, social services and teaching. The first 2 years will provide you with core interdisciplinary skills and a broad understanding of policy and context. In subsequent years, you can choose greater specialisation in economics or other disciplines as you wish.

Course Modules

All years: Data analysis for social sciences; environment, economy and society in Europe; introduction to economic principles and policy; IT skills for social science; social relations and social policy; study techniques; applied statistics and econometrics; economics of public policy; financial institutions and markets; globalisation in the contemporary world; intermediate macroeconomics; intermediate microeconomics; issues in development economics; modern political analysis; political economy; political radicalism; principles of geographical information systems; quantitative techniques for economics; regional economic development and policy in the EU.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
4 years
Part Time Evening
BSc (Hons) £9,750  Academic year. First year overseas fees
4 years
Part Time Evening
BSc (Hons) £6,750  Academic year. First year home fees

Qualifications required:

  • Mature entry
  • GCE A-level EE-AA
  • APEL / APL