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ECONOMICS (GRADUATE DIPLOMA)

Birkbeck, University of London

  • September, 2020 Start Date

  • 2 years Duration

  • Part Time Study Mode

  • £4200.00 Course Fee

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Course Description

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.

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...

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Course Content

You take the following four modules, plus pre-sessional classes in September.

Online students access teaching materials and video recordings of lectures via our online platform, Moodle, and actively maintain contact with lecturers via email or Skype.

FULL-TIME COMPULSORY MODULES

  • Applied Statistics and Econometrics
  • Macroeconomics
  • Mathematics for Economists
  • Microeconomics

PART-TIME YEAR 1 COMPULSORY MODULES

  • Mathematics for Economists
  • Microeconomics

PART-TIME YEAR 2 COMPULSORY MODULES

  • Applied Statistics and Econometrics
  • Macroeconomics

Students with a suitable technical background may be able to supplement the Graduate Diploma with the course Topics in Mathematical Economics and Econometrics, for which there will be an additional fee.

You take the following four modules, plus pre-sessional classes in September. Online students access teaching materials and video recordings of lectures via our online platform, Moodle, and actively maintain contact with lecturers via email or Skype. FULL-TIME COMPULSORY MODULES Applied Statistics and...

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Available Dates

Location Start Date Price  

Classroom

Birkbeck, University of London

Full Time, 1 year

September, 2020

£8400.00

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Birkbeck, University of London

Part Time, 2 years

September, 2020

£4200.00

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Entry Requirements

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.

INTERNATIONAL ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

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.

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

VISA REQUIREMENTS

If you are not from the European Economic Area (EEA) and/or Switzerland and you are coming to study in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa.

The visa you apply for varies according to the length of your course:

  • Courses of more than six months' duration.
  • Courses of less than six months' duration.
  • Pre-sessional English language courses.

International students who require a Tier 4 visa should apply for our full-time courses (with the exception of modular enrolment certificates of higher education and graduate certificates), as these qualify for Tier 4 sponsorship. If you are living in the UK on a Tier 4 visa, you will not be eligible to enrol as a student on Birkbeck's part-time courses (with the exception of some modules).

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. INTERNATIONAL ENTRY REQUIREMENTS If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, our usual requirement is...

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Assessment Methods

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. The methods of assessment on this course are specified below under 'Methods of assessment on this course'. You will need to allow time to complete coursework and prepare for exams.

Where a course has unseen written examinations, these may be held termly, but, on the majority of our courses, exams are usually taken in the Summer term, during May to June. Exams may be held at other times of the year as well. In most cases, exams are held during the day on a weekday - if you have daytime commitments, you will need to make arrangements for daytime attendance - but some exams are held in the evening. Exam timetables are published online.

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. The methods of assessment on this course are specified below under 'Methods of assessment on this course'. You will need to allow time to complete...

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