Birkbeck, University of London

Course Introduction

This programme is designed to equip you with tools and techniques for investigating important economic issues. It provides a grounding in mathematical and econometric techniques, and goes on to discuss the foundations of microeconomics and macroeconomics and their application to new economic problems.

You will learn to express original ideas in academic papers and to test them with the use of econometrics. The study of econometrics covers linear and dynamic linear regression models, a wide variety of hypothesis tests and techniques for estimating systems of equations. Techniques are illustrated with economic examples, such as models with rational expectations, as well as consumption, production and money demand functions.

Economics and finance at Birkbeck have an excellent reputation, not only for the quality of our research but also for the quality of the training we offer. Employers recognise the quality of Birkbeck graduates in economics and finance. We take students who are determined to succeed and are prepared to undergo the rigours of first'class training, whether they are studying full' or part'time.

Course Modules

Core modules reinforce economic theory with practical application. They include preliminary courses in mathematical and statistical techniques, which take place in September and have to be passed in order to progress to the programme.

Options provide specialised modules with current themes. Option module availability varies across years.

Core modules:




Quantitative Techniques .

Option modules:

Advanced Econometrics;

Advanced Economic Theory I;

Corporate Finance;

Industrial Economics I;

International Economics I;

Monetary Economics .

MSc Economics dissertation .

Start Date:


Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
1 year
Full Time
MSc £12,275 Home Fees
1 year
Full Time
MSc £17,975 Overseas Fees
2 years
Part Time
MSc £6,150 Home Fees
2 years
Part Time
MSc £9,000 Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • 1st- or 2nd-Class Honours degree, or its equivalent, in either a directly relevant or a highly quantitative subject, or the Birkbeck Graduate Diploma in Economics. Non-EU students are encouraged to submit Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) or Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) results. In some cases the admissions tutor may request these results in order to make a decision on your application; in that case, you should upload your score report to the online application system as if it were an additional transcript page. Relevant practical work experience also taken into consideration. Demonstrable qualities, such as good time management and the ability to cope under pressure, are vital. 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.