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MSc Programmes in Economics

The modern-day financial institution recruits across a wide range of exciting professional careers and here at the department of Economics, Mathematics and Statistics at Birkbeck we offer a range of taught masters programmes that are designed to meet the needs of the full spectrum. Depending upon your own particular goals you can choose a programme that is right for you:

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Courses

MSc Economics

    Programme Director: Arupratan Daripa


    This course provides students with a solid grounding in advanced empirical and analytical methods used in policy, commercial and academic work in economics. The course assumes that students are familiar with the basic concepts in economics and instead focuses on developing students’ ability to do original applied work using advanced methods.

    The Birkbeck MSc Economics:

    • familiarises students with advanced concepts and techniques used in economic analysis, allowing them to access and evaluate current research output in academic journals and in the public and commercial domain
    • provides the ability to use methods of economic analysis and related techniques in practical and professional contexts
    • examines the issues behind current controversies in economics and finance
    • trains students in quantitative skills and requires them to combine their theoretical and quantitative understanding in an original piece of applied work.

    The course is demanding and challenging. We expect all of our entering MSc students to be competent with intermediate microeconomics and macroeconomics, multivariable calculus, linear algebra and statistics. Prospective students without the necessary prerequisites should apply for the Graduate Diploma in Economics course which prepares students for the MSc. The structure of the MSc Economics course at Birkbeck reflects the long-running experience in cutting-edge, research-led evening teaching at Birkbeck. The course is open to both full-time (one year) and part-time students (two years) and offers a rigorous training in economics.

    General enquiries and questions concerning admissions should be directed to the Programme Administrator:

    Julia Bernhard: j.bernhardt@bbk.ac.uk

MSc Financial Economics

    Programme Director: Arupratan Daripa

    The recent global economic and financial turmoil has reminded us that the financial intermediaries have considerable impact on the modern economy. This course supplements standard advanced training in economics with a specialist course that looks at the design of financial institutions, considers the extent to which informational and other imperfections create the risk of market failure and explores the policy implications.

    The Birkbeck MSc Financial Economics:

    • familiarises students with advanced concepts and techniques used in economic analysis, allowing them to access and evaluate current research output in academic journals and in the public and commercial domain
    • provides the ability to use methods of economic analysis and related techniques in practical and professional contexts
    • examines the issues behind current controversies in economics and finance
    • trains students in quantitative skills and requires them to combine their theoretical and quantitative understanding in an original piece of applied work.

    The course is demanding and challenging. We expect all of our entering MSc students to be competent with intermediate microeconomics and macroeconomics, multivariable calculus, linear algebra and statistics. Prospective students without the necessary prerequisites should apply for the one-year Graduate Diploma in Economics course which prepares students for the MSc. The structure of the MSc Financial Economics course at Birkbeck reflects the long-running experience in cutting-edge, research-led evening teaching at Birkbeck. The course is open to both full-time (one year) and part-time students (two years) and offers a rigorous training in economics. General enquiries and questions concerning admissions should be directed to the Programme Administrator:

    Julia Bernhardt: j.bernhardt@bbk.ac.uk


The Department

Across all of our courses we deliver fundamental knowledge, essential skills and innovations in quantitative finance and investments. Our qualifications are highly regarded by financial institutions and, upon completion, students are well suited to work in a range of financial careers or in a specialized role. Our recent alumni work have gained employment across many financial institutions including investment banks, insurance companies, HM treasury, risk consultancies, hedge funds and bespoke firms in the city. Our finance courses also benefit from a rich student diversity, there is a great mix of international students, continuing graduates and working professionals from finance and other disciplines. This diversity lends itself to an exciting learning environment.

Study Full-time or Part-time

Unlike many other academic institutions, all of our programmes are taught across weekday evenings and are available to take either in full-time mode (over one year) or in part-time mode (over two years).

The full time route offers you an in-depth, focused education in finance. As a full-time student you will have remarkable access to our teaching faculty. In addition, you also have the opportunity to broaden your knowledge further by attending problem solving classes, seminars and networking events both at Birkbeck and also across the colleges of the University of London.

The part-time flexibility is one of Birkbeck’s key strengths and, being positioned in the heart of London, it is a major attraction to the financial sector. Part-time study offers working professionals the possibility to further their education while simultaneously enhancing their careers. As a part-time student you are able to control the intensity of your studies based upon your personal needs.