Birkbeck, University of London

Course Introduction

This new BSc programme is designed to provide a core of rigorous, technically demanding, yet applications'oriented, skills in economics. Students exiting the degree will have acquired enough knowledge and skills to equip them for professions requiring economic literacy and with the analytical tools expected from a top economics degree.

This is a rigorous course that combines an open admissions policy with high standards. Where there are gaps in your previous education we will fill those gaps, but you will also achieve the same standard of training in the core skills of economics as in any other economics degree.

Course Modules

The programme structure allows for progression through two pathways: if you aim for the job market straight after your degree you can take a more applied route; if you aim for postgraduate studies at Birkbeck or another top university you can focus on more abstract and mathematical approaches to the subject.

There are two exit awards which correspond to the two pathways: BSc Economics and BSc Applied Economics. All students are initially registered for BSc Economics and undertake a common first year.

If you are also interested in studying finance and/or accounting as well as economics you may want to consider alternatively the BSc Financial Economics or BSc Financial Economics with Accounting programmes offered by the Department. There is an opportunity to switch into one of these programmes at the end of Year 1, should your interests change during your first year.

The programme is made up of a sequence of 30'credit modules totalling 360 credits over three years. In Year 1, you take four compulsory modules. The pathways are introduced from Year 2, where you take either applied or technical courses in three compulsory modules, together with one option module. In Year 3, you take one compulsory module depending on your pathway, one option module and complete a project. Options are selected from a range of approved modules.

Year 1 compulsory modules:

Current Economic Problems;

Introduction to Economics;

IT and Professional Skills;

Quantitative Techniques I.

Year 2 BSc Economics pathway:



Quantitative Techniques II.

Year 2 BSc Applied Economics pathway:

Macroeconomic Theory and Policy;

Microeconomic Theory and Policy;

Quantitative Techniques for Applied Economics.

Year 3 BSc Economics pathway:

BSc Project;

Quantitative Techniques III.

Year 3 BSc Applied Economics pathway:

Applied Statistics and Econometrics;

BSc Project.

Option modules:

Advanced Topics in Economics and Finance;

Applied Statistics and Econometrics;

Corporate Finance;

Economics of Public Policy;

Environment, Economy and Society in Europe;

Financial Institutions and Regulation;

International Finance;

Issues in Development Economics;

Mathematical Finance;

Political Economy;

Portfolio Management;

Principles of Finance;

Social Relations and Social Policy Level 5;

Time'Series Econometrics;

UK Financial Institutions and Markets.

Note that the list of available option modules may change from year to year.

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