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Department of Economics, Mathematics and Statistics

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Department of Economics, Mathematics and Statistics

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Find out what it's like to study in our Department. We offer a wide range of high-quality courses and expert staff to teach you.

Economics and finance seminars

Most Thursdays during term time, from 12.30 to 2.00pm, the Department holds seminars in Economics and Finance. All are welcome to attend.

Download a copy of a working paper

Our academics publish widely. You can browse and download working papers from our website.

Find out more about our staff

Our staff are not just experts in their field. They regularly provide expert advice and guidance across the industry.


Economics and Mathematics short courses

The Certificate (4 module) and Diploma (8 module) of Higher Education are stand-alone qualifications, but can also be a gateway to further study in the Department. The Economics modules can also be taken as individual courses.

Undergraduate degrees

Birkbeck is ideal if you wish to do your undergraduate degree while working full-time. Choose from a range of first degrees in economic and social policy, economics and business, financial economics, mathematics or statistics. Most undergraduate programmes are completed over four years, but there are now also three-year versions of the economics degrees.


One- and two-year conversion programmes for graduates

These Graduate Diploma programmes in Economics, Finance, Mathematics and Statistics are designed for graduates in other subjects to be trained up to degree level by 1 or 2 years of rigorous intensive training. They stand as qualifications in themselves, but also provide an entry to the Department's Masters programmes.

The Graduate Certificates in Mathematics and in Statistics are, typically, one year 2-module programmes, and can also lead to entry to the MSc Mathematics and MSc Applied Statistics respectively, dependent on the students prior experience.


Postgraduate and Research degrees

Graduates of Birkbeck's programmes in economics and finance work in the City, the Bank of England, government departments, the International Monetary Fund, and universities in Britain and throughout the world. Teaching staff engage in fundamental research into the underlying mathematical theory and are active in consultancy. The MPhil/PhD courses aim to train you to conduct research of a high academic standard and to make original contributions to the subject. The research reputation of the Department attracts many applications from students wishing to undertake a research degree and the PhD programmes have always been an important focus of the Department.

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