Conversion Programmes for Graduates
A key role played by the department is in enabling graduates from other disciplines to retrain in economics, finance, maths and statistics. Our Graduate Diploma and Graduate Certificate programmes teach core undergraduate level material, so that graduates with no, or limited, background in these disciplines can compete on an equal footing with those emerging from undergraduate degrees. Crucially, however, these programmes can be completed in one or two years, rather than the three or four years a full undergraduate programme can take.
Many students then go on to complete MSc programmes at Birkbeck and elsewhere. All students on these programmes receive conditional offers (subject to performance) of a place on the relevant MSc programme at Birkbeck, and thus the programmes can effectively be viewed as the introductory year (or in some cases 2 years) of an MSc.