Birkbeck, University of London

Birkbeck, University of London

Economics

This specialist conversion course fills a critical gap in the market for postgraduate training in economics. If you have an undergraduate degree in another subject area but wish to switch to economics, this course will help you do that - without requiring you to sign up to a full undergraduate degree. You do not need any prior training in the subject. The programme will give you a thorough grounding in the fundamental ideas and methods of modern economics, and you will learn to apply economic reasoning to practical problems. Crucially, you will also develop the necessary mathematical and statistical toolkit for studying economics. This rigorous and intensive training, spread over one or two years, will enable you to compete on equal terms with students graduating with undergraduate degrees in economics. We now also offer the Graduate Diploma in Economics through online study, supported by handouts and video recording of classroom lectures via our online platform, Moodle. The course structure and assessment methods are identical to those for students who take the course face-to-face, with written examinations either in Birkbeck, or, by arrangement, at a wide range of sites throughout the world. To succeed as an online student, you must be well organised, highly motivated and proactive in tracking the material. Access to your instructors is the main asset we offer, so you should be ready to actively maintain contact with your lecturers and class teachers via email or Skype. The Graduate Diploma is an undergraduate-level qualification. Upon completing the programme, a significant proportion of students exit directly to the job market. Other students use this programme as a preparation for an MSc in economics or related disciplines. The one-year full-time route offers rapid progression to a high degree of economic literacy and has been specifically designed for people working full-time; students who prefer to spread the course over a longer period should apply for the two-year part-time route which has a lighter workload.

Entry requirements

Graduate Diploma - Grad Dip: At least a 2:2 degree in any discipline or equivalent. The one-year full-time programme usually requires a 2:1. Evidence of aptitude for mathematical and statistical analysis is advantageous.

Course modules

For information about course structure and the modules you will be studying, please visit Birkbeck's online prospectus.

Assessment methods

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

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
Graduate Diploma - Grad Dip Full-time September 2019 8,400 per Whole course (Northern Ireland) 1 Years
Graduate Diploma - Grad Dip Full-time September 2019 12,300 per Whole course (International) 1 Years
Graduate Diploma - Grad Dip Full-time September 2019 8,400 per Whole course (EU) 1 Years
Graduate Diploma - Grad Dip Full-time September 2019 8,400 per Whole course (Scotland) 1 Years
Graduate Diploma - Grad Dip Full-time September 2019 8,400 per Whole course (Wales) 1 Years
Graduate Diploma - Grad Dip Full-time September 2019 8,400 per Whole course (England) 1 Years
Graduate Diploma - Grad Dip Distance learning October 2019 8,400 per Whole course (EU) 2 Years
Graduate Diploma - Grad Dip Part-time October 2019 8,400 per Whole course (EU) 2 Years
Graduate Diploma - Grad Dip Distance learning October 2019 8,400 per Whole course (England) 2 Years
Graduate Diploma - Grad Dip Distance learning October 2019 12,300 per Whole course (International) 2 Years
Graduate Diploma - Grad Dip Distance learning October 2019 8,400 per Whole course (Wales) 2 Years
Graduate Diploma - Grad Dip Part-time October 2019 8,400 per Whole course (England) 2 Years
Graduate Diploma - Grad Dip Distance learning October 2019 8,400 per Whole course (Northern Ireland) 2 Years
Graduate Diploma - Grad Dip Part-time October 2019 12,300 per Whole course (International) 2 Years
Graduate Diploma - Grad Dip Part-time October 2019 8,400 per Whole course (Northern Ireland) 2 Years
Graduate Diploma - Grad Dip Part-time October 2019 8,400 per Whole course (Scotland) 2 Years
Graduate Diploma - Grad Dip Distance learning October 2019 8,400 per Whole course (Scotland) 2 Years
Graduate Diploma - Grad Dip Part-time October 2019 8,400 per Whole course (Wales) 2 Years

Campus details

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

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Key information

Contact: 
Department of Economics, Mathematics and Statistics
Telephone number: 
02076316429