Birkbeck, University of London

Birkbeck, University of London


Our Graduate Diploma in Economics and its new pathway, the Graduate Diploma in Quantitative Economics, fill a critical gap in the market for postgraduate training in economics. If you have an undergraduate degree in another subject area - however distant from economics - but wish to switch to economics, the Graduate Diploma in Economics and the Graduate Diploma in Quantitative Economics are specifically designed to allow you to do just that, without spending 3 or 4 years studying for a second undergraduate degree. They provide rigorous and intensive training, spread over 1 or 2 years, after which you will be able to compete on equal terms with students graduating with undergraduate degrees in economics. Many of our students require a level of economic knowledge in their jobs that is usually acquired at an undergraduate level; many of them work for City institutions, the Bank of England, government departments and economic regulators. This Graduate Diploma provides them with a sound knowledge of the core analytical tools of economics, coupled with some training in econometrics - the statistical side of the discipline. The Graduate Diploma in Quantitative Economics is designed for students who wish to go on to Master's-level study, with the ultimate ambition of becoming a professional economist, whether in the private or public sector, or an academic economist (which requires further study to PhD level). Many students go on to MSc and MPhil/PhD programmes at Birkbeck and other top UK universities.

Course modules

You take the following 4 modules, plus preliminary classes in September. Students on the 1-year full-time programme take all of the modules in a single year. Some part-time students may be allowed to vary the order in which modules are taken over the 2 years, in consultation with the Programme Director. Full-time compulsory modules: Applied Statistics and Econometrics; Macroeconomics; Mathematics for Economists; Microeconomics . Part-time year 1 compulsory modules: Applied Statistics and Econometrics; Mathematics for Economists . Part-time year 2 compulsory modules: Macroeconomics; Microeconomics .

Assessment methods

Mostly by unseen written examination. Each module, except Introduction to Mathematical Economics, includes some assessment based on in-class tests. Applied Statistics and Econometrics is assessed by examination (70%) and project (30%).


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
Graduate Diploma - Grad Dip Full-time October 2018 - 1 Years
Graduate Diploma - Grad Dip Part-time October 2018 - 2 Years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Bloomsbury Campus WC1E 7HX London

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Department of Economics, Mathematics and Statistics
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