Birkbeck, University of London

Course Introduction

This course is designed to equip you with tools and techniques for investigating important economic issues. It provides grounding in mathematical and econometric techniques: looking at the foundations of microeconomics and macroeconomics and their application to new economic problems; familiarising you with advanced concepts and techniques used in economic analysis, and enabling you to access and evaluate current research output in academic journals and in the public and commercial domain; providing you with the ability to use methods of economic analysis and related techniques in practical and professional contexts; examining the issues behind current controversies in economics and finance; training you in quantitative skills; and requiring you to combine your theoretical and quantitative understanding in an original piece of applied work.

Assessment is an integral part of your university studies and usually consists of a combination of coursework and examinations, although this will vary from course to course - on some of our courses, assessment is entirely by coursework.

Graduates can pursue a career in banking and finance, the public sector, industry, and research and analysis. Possible professions include economist, financial risk analyst, statistician, or management consultant. This degree can also be useful in becoming an actuary, Civil Service fast streamer, or local government officer.

Start Date:

Duration: two to three evenings a week part-time..

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
1 year
Full Time
MSc £12,600 Home Fees
1 year
Full Time
MSc £12,600 European Fees
1 year
Full Time
MSc £18,400 Overseas Fees
2 years
Part Time Evening
MSc £6,300 Home Fees
2 years
Part Time Evening
MSc £6,300 European Fees
2 years
Part Time Evening
MSc £9,200 Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Domestic entry requirements: Course specific entry requirements: Students need first- or second-class honours degree, or its equivalent, in either a directly relevant or a highly quantitative subject, or the Birkbeck Graduate Diploma in Economics. Those who hold relevant practical work experience is also taken into consideration. Demonstrable qualities, such as good time management and the ability to cope under pressure, are vital. Standard postgraduate entry requirement is a second-class honours degree (2:2 or above) from a UK university, or an equivalent international qualification. We will review every postgraduate application to Birkbeck on its individual merits and their professional qualifications and/or relevant work experience will be taken into consideration positively. We actively support and encourage applications from mature learners. Our standard postgraduate entry requirement for international students is a second-class honours degree (2:2 or above) from a UK university or an equivalent international qualification.
  • International entry requirements: Students whose first language is not English or who 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.