Economics Birkbeck, University of London
Birkbeck, University of London

Awarded by: University of London

This new BSc programme is designed to provide a core of rigorous, technically demanding, yet applications-oriented, skills in economics. Students exiting the degree will have acquired enough knowledge and skills to equip them for professions requiring economic literacy and with the analytical tools expected from a top economics degree.

This is a rigorous course that combines an open admissions policy with high standards. Where there are gaps in your previous education we will fill those gaps, but you will also achieve the same standard of training in the core skills of economics as in any other economics degree.

  • Qualification

    Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

  • Study mode


  • Location

    Main Site

  • Start date

    October 2018

  • Duration

    3 years

Course details


The programme structure allows for progression through two pathways: if you aim for the job market straight after your degree you can take a more applied route; if you aim for postgraduate studies at Birkbeck or another top university you can focus on more abstract and mathematical approaches to the subject.

There are two exit awards which correspond to the two pathways: BSc Economics and BSc Applied Economics. All students are initially registered for BSc Economics and undertake a common first year.

If you are also interested in studying finance and/or accounting as well as economics you may want to consider alternatively the BSc Financial Economics or BSc Financial Economics with Accounting programmes offered by the Department. There is an opportunity to switch into one of these programmes at the end of Year 1, should your interests change during your first year.

The programme is made up of a sequence of 30-credit modules totalling 360 credits over three years. In Year 1, you take four compulsory modules. The pathways are introduced from Year 2, where you take either applied or technical courses in three compulsory modules, together with one option module. In Year 3, you take one compulsory module depending on your pathway, one option module and complete a project. Options are selected from a range of approved modules.

Year 1 compulsory modules:
Current Economic Problems;
Introduction to Economics;
IT and Professional Skills;
Quantitative Techniques I.

Year 2 BSc Economics pathway:
Quantitative Techniques II.

Year 2 BSc Applied Economics pathway:
Macroeconomic Theory and Policy;
Microeconomic Theory and Policy;
Quantitative Techniques for Applied Economics.

Year 3 BSc Economics pathway:
BSc Project;
Quantitative Techniques III.

Year 3 BSc Applied Economics pathway:
Applied Statistics and Econometrics;
BSc Project.

Option modules:
Advanced Topics in Economics and Finance;
Applied Statistics and Econometrics;
Corporate Finance;
Economics of Public Policy;
Environment, Economy and Society in Europe;
Financial Institutions and Regulation;
International Finance;
Issues in Development Economics;
Mathematical Finance;
Political Economy;
Portfolio Management;
Principles of Finance;
Social Relations and Social Policy Level 5;
Time-Series Econometrics;
UK Financial Institutions and Markets.

Note that the list of available option modules may change from year to year.

Assessment method

The usual methods of assessment are unseen two-hour or three-hour examinations, in-class tests, assessed take-home assignments, project work, and classroom presentations and group discussions.

How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January *

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course code 4B11
Institution code B24
Campus name Main Site

Points of entry

This means the year in which you would like to start the course.

‘Year 1’ means you will start in the first year.

‘Year 0’ means you will enter onto a foundation year.

You may be able to start some courses in the second or third years, if you meet certain criteria. You will need to discuss this with the university or college directly.

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

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.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 120 points The UCAS tariff score is applicable to you if you have recently studied a qualification that has a UCAS tariff equivalence.

Students without an adequate background in economics or quantitative methods may be required to take, and pass with a credit, the following two foundation modules of the Certificate of Higher Education in Economics: Economic Principles and Quantitative Economic Methods.

We welcome applicants without traditional entry qualifications as we base decisions on our own assessment of qualifications, knowledge and previous work experience. We may waive formal entry requirements based on judgement of academic potential.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9,250 Year 1
International £13,000 Year 1
England £9,250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 Year 1
Scotland £9,250 Year 1
Wales £9,250 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.

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