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.

The first two 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

You take compulsory and option modules at Level 4, Level 5 and Level 6, to a total of 360 credits.

In Year 1, you take four compulsory modules ' two at level 4 and two at Level 5 ' to a total of 120 credits. These provide core, cross'disciplinary knowledge and an integrated base of social science modules on which to build deeper knowledge.

In Years 2 and 3, you choose from a range of Level 5 and Level 6 option modules to match your interests, strengths and career and academic aspirations. Option modules are offered across three departments at Birkbeck: Economics, Mathematics and Statistics; Geography; and Politics. Full'time students usually take 120 credits in each year and you must take at least 120 credits at Level 6.

You can also choose option modules from our BSc Economics and BSc Financial Economics, subject to fulfilling any prerequisites and with guidance from the Programme Director.


Environment, Economy and Society in Europe;

Introduction to Economics;

Introductory Quantitative Techniques;

Social Relations and Social Policy Level 5.


Advanced Topics in Economics and Finance;

American Politics and Foreign Policy;

Applied Statistics and Econometrics;

Cities and Urban Inequalities;

Economics of Public Policy;

International Relations (Level 6);

Issues in Development Economics;

IT and Professional Skills;

Macroeconomic Theory and Policy;

Microeconomic Theory and Policy;

Political Economy;

Principles of Geographic Information Systems Level 6;

Russian Politics and Society, 1905 to Today;

The Politics of European Integration;

Topics in Mathematical Economics and Econometrics;

UK Financial Institutions and Markets;

War and Modern Society.


Current Economic Problems;


Mathematics for Economists;


Principles of Finance;

Quantitative Techniques for Applied Economics.

This is an indicative list of option modules; some option modules run in alternate years and those available are subject to change.

Start Date:


Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
3 years
Full Time
Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons) £9,250 Home Fees
3 years
Full Time
Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons) £13,350 Overseas Fees
4 years
Part Time
Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons) £6,935 Home Fees
4 years
Part Time
Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons) £10,025 Overseas Fees