Taught course

Economics

Institution
Birkbeck, University of London · Economics, Mathematics and Statistics
Qualifications
MScGradDipMRes

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Entry requirements

MSc: A second-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 GRE or 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.

Applications are reviewed on their individual merits and your professional qualifications and/or relevant work experience will be taken into consideration positively. We actively support and encourage applications from mature learners.

Months of entry

September

Course content

Providing a basis for a variety of careers in business, government and academia, our MSc Economics is designed to equip you with tools and techniques for investigating important economic issues. It provides a 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
  • requiring you to combine your theoretical and quantitative understanding in an original piece of applied work.

This course is demanding and challenging. We expect you to be competent in intermediate microeconomics and macroeconomics, multivariable calculus, linear algebra and statistics and to understand the basic concepts in economics, so we can focus on developing your ability to do original applied work using advanced methods. You will learn to express original ideas in academic papers and to test them with the use of econometrics (covering linear and dynamic linear regression models, a wide variety of hypothesis tests and techniques for estimating systems of equations). Techniques will be illustrated with economic examples, such as models with rational expectations, as well as consumption, production and money demand functions.

Prospective students without the necessary prerequisites should apply for our Graduate Diploma in Economics, as it prepares you for the MSc.

Our MRes Economics will prepare you to undertake MPhil/PhD or professional research by giving you the theoretical knowledge and analytical techniques you need. The course will give you a solid understanding of economics through modules taught at Master's and MPhil level, including a dedicated research topics module in macroeconomics. You can also specialise in a particular area of personal or professional interest via a range of option modules. You will be assigned an academic MRes supervisor from the onset.

After specialist training in research skills, you will undertake a piece of independent research, supervised by one of our academics and culminating in a dissertation of 10,000 to 12,000 words. If you are interested in pursuing further research, we offer an associated MPhil/PhD Economics.

Birkbeck's postgraduate economics courses are built around our long-running experience in research-led evening teaching. Many of our students work in government, finance, economic consultancies, think tanks and the digital economy, which generates a lively atmosphere in class and ensures that you'll be studying alongside, and networking with, committed, enthusiastic students with a wealth of experience. You will be taught by active researchers, working at the cutting edge in their respective fields, who are also experienced professional practitioners, giving specialist advice and in-house training to government departments and banks and firms in the City of London.

Highlights

  • Since we started teaching this course, we have taught generations of economists, who have gone on to work at the Bank of England, the Treasury, the Civil Service, consultancy and in academia.
  • Birkbeck graduates are well respected by employers, who value the dedication and ability required to balance evening study with daytime occupations.
  • The MSc is recognised as a research training programme by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). For UK and EU applicants intending to pursue research, ESRC studentships (one year for the Master’s programme followed by three years of funding for research) may be available for candidates with a strong academic background.
  • In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF), more than half of our research outputs in Economics were ranked world-leading or internationally excellent.

Information for international students

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 no less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests.

If you don't meet the minimum IELTS requirement, we offer pre-sessional English courses and foundation programmes to help you improve your English language skills and get your place at Birkbeck.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • GradDip
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • MRes
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Name
Student Advice Service
Email
studentadvice@bbk.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)20 3907 0700