Birkbeck, University of London

Course Introduction

The course will train you to conduct research of a high academic standard and to make original contributions to the subject; it involves both coursework and research training, but its major component is the preparation of a substantial research thesis. The thesis should demonstrate a sound understanding of the main issues in the area and add to existing knowledge. We take students who are determined to succeed and are prepared to undergo the rigours of first'class training, whether they are studying full'time or part'time. The Commodities Finance Centre, a forum for academics and practitioners working in the field of commodities modelling, is housed within the department. The Birkbeck Centre for Applied Macroeconomics is a research centre which aims to consolidate and publicise research in macroeconomics and monetary economics. The centre hosts regular seminars and workshops and prestigious visiting scholars.

Course Modules

Beginning full'time MPhil/PhD students are required to attend a series of lectures and research workshops. Students also select option classes from the MSc Economics, the MSc Financial Economics, the MSc Finance, or the MSc Financial Engineering at Birkbeck or at UCL.

Course Additional Entry

MSc in economics/finance or a related quantitative subject, with distinction or a good pass. Applicants should also submit a research proposal which is in line with the research interests of the department. Qualities such as good time management and the ability to cope under pressure are vital. Strong background in quantitative methods. 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
2 - 4 years
Full Time
MPhil £11,475  Academic year. First year overseas fees
2 - 4 years
Full Time
MPhil £3,840  Academic year. First year home fees
3 - 7 years
Part Time
MPhil £5,750  Academic year. First year overseas fees
3 - 7 years
Part Time
MPhil £2,020  Academic year. First year home fees
2 - 4 years
Full Time
PhD £11,475  Academic year. First year overseas fees
2 - 4 years
Full Time
PhD £3,840  Academic year. First year home fees
3 - 7 years
Part Time
PhD £5,750  Academic year. First year overseas fees
3 - 7 years
Part Time
PhD £2,020  Academic year. First year home fees