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Economics Short Courses

Certificate of Higher Education

 

The Certificate of Higher Education (Economics) is a four-module (or three and two half modules) award which is designed to give you the tools and techniques necessary for investigating important contemporary economic issues.

Further study opportunities: If you successfully complete 2 specified modules in 1 year you can apply for admission to a range of undergraduate programmes at Birkbeck. For further details, visit here (click on Related Studies).

You can enrol on the short courses to start in October, January or April. Please see below information about our modules:

Module Information

Economic Principles (October, January and April) pdf format

An exploration of a wide range of basic economic principles is provided in order to establish a foundation for the understanding of economies at the level of the individual, as well as the national and international. You will develop analytical skills and will be able to apply these to the discussion of contemporary problems of both principle and policy.

International Economics and Finance (October, January and April) pdf format

This is an introduction to the political economy of the modern world, locating economic processes within the wider social and political context. Topics include: the world after Bretton Woods; landmark debates in 20th-century economic thought and policy application; changes in economic structure and regulation; the previously 'planned' economies and their transition to the market economy; industrialisation and underdevelopment in the developing world; and globalisation, trade and global financial markets.

Financial Markets (October, January and April) pdf format

Financial markets and services are central to the functioning of a modern economy. But what do they do, how do they work and who are the most important actors? This course introduces you to the main characteristics of financial markets and institutions at both national and international level, and explains the growth and significance of such markets today.

Managerial Economics (January) pdf format

This Short Course is concerned with managerial decision making in an environment of risk and uncertainty. We will consider pricing decisions, constrained optimism, risk analysis, costs, demand, investment and the growth of the firm.

The course will develop your skills and provides the opportunity to practice the study of managerial economics. You will develop a critical understanding of methods, procedures and current issues and debates appropriate to the study of managerial economics.

From Adam Smith to Mr Keynes - A Short History of Economics Thought (January) pdf format

This course will introduce you to the key contributions of the more significant political economists from the end of the 18th century to the present day. Starting with Adam Smith, the module considers Ricardo, Malthus, James and John Stuart Mill, Marx, Jevons and Marshall, before concluding with Keynes. The influences on each will also be considered, as will their effect on later economists.

Applied Data Interpretation and Analysis (January) pdf format

This course will help you to interpret and analyse economic data from sources such as the Financial Times and The Economist. You will learn to better understand the original sources of such data, as well as to critically interpret graphs and summary statistics. The course will also familiarise you with applying techniques of data analysis to different empirical contexts, including the use of statistics, such as regression output and coefficients.

Macroeconomics (January) pdf format

In looking at economies as a whole - national, regional and international - this course provides explanations for broader economic changes to society. The relation between households, businesses and governments and the consequences for the working of the economy will be examined. This course covers key themes and debates in macroeconomics, such as growth, employment policy, the stability of prices and exchange rate movements as well as the design and application of fiscal and monetary policy in the 21st century.

The Political Economy of Globalisation (Janaury) pdf format

This course introduces current debates on the changing nature of the global economy. You will examine the role of economic systems and political processes in shaping the global economy and assess the consequences of these developments. Rather than simply looking at the world as composed of the interacting economies of different nation-states, the course examines all economic sub-systems that shape the overarching global economic system.

Economics of Natural Resources (April) pdf format

Natural resources may be renewable, such as wood, or non-renewable, such as oil and gas. This course uses insights from economics to better understand contemporary problems arising from the increasing scarcity of natural resources. It looks at the various repercussions of the commercial use of nature, including the issues of climate change, environmental degradation and increasing oil consumption. It seeks to explain these phenomena and considers how economists address problems arising from scarcity and depletion.

Emerging Market (April) pdf format

This course provides an overview of the key issues relating to the transition from planned to market economies. It covers not only Central and Eastern Europe, but also looks at Latin America and Far East Asia, including China. The study of emerging market economies will provide you with an understanding of how economies are being transformed and which policies and institutions are vital to the success of transition processes in the context of globalisation.

Development Economics (April) pdf format

On this course we will consider: the measurement and scope of underdevelopment; theories of development and underdevelopment; the economic problems and policies of less developed countries in contrast with the industrialised world; changing economic relations between countries and globalisation; population growth; trade, capital flows and the Debt Problem; foreign aid; multi-national investment flows; and micro-finance.

Quantitative Economics Methods (April) pdf format

The course looks at a wide range of quantitative techniques in conjunction with some key economic principles, in order to provide a grounding that is essential for anyone considering taking a degree in pure economics or finance.

You will usually be expected to have completed Economic Principles prior to enrolment, as this course assumes knowledge of basic economics. You are also expected to have some command of mathematics. The course is very intensive and class time cannot be used to revise elementary mathematical techniques.

The Modern British Economy (April) pdf format

This course will develop your understanding of the contemporary British economy, by studying how the economic policies of the government respond to, and affect, business operations here. You will study the major forces at work in the domestic and global economy, and how national and international organisations respond to those forces.

Timetable 2016/17

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Employer Sponsorship

Sponsorship Information for Students Image

A good number of students on the Economics short courses are sponsored by their employer each year. To find out more about how your new skills will apply to your workplace and how to approach your employer, see below:

A student guide to employer sponsorship


Student Testimonials


Mathias Compain
CertHE Economics, BSc Financial Economics and MPhil Economics at Birkbeck

'... I would advise anyone who is thinking about studying an Cert HE to jump in as you never know how far it might get you.'

Contact us

Miss Jo Kwok
Telephone: 020 7631 6640
Email: Jo.Kwok@bbk.ac.uk

Watch our lecturers in action

The majority of our lectures in 2016/17 will be made available to students on video.

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