This programme will give you a greater depth of understanding of real-world issues and allow you to study economic, social and geographical theories while learning how to apply them to contemporary policy issues. The programme responds to recent concerns from students and employers that standard economics programmes often contain narrow and uncritical content. By contrast, this programme will prepare you for jobs in the private or public sector that require clear and concise interpretations of policy issues and an understanding of the interface between economic, social, political and geographical change. Our students build successful careers with a variety of employers in a range of sectors, including the Government Economic Service, the Treasury, the Bank of England, commercial banks, local government, social services and teaching.
The first 2 years will provide you with core interdisciplinary skills and a broad understanding of policy and context. In subsequent years, you can choose greater specialisation in economics or other disciplines as you wish.
We have an excellent reputation for the quality of our teaching, providing training for diverse employers, including the Treasury and the Bank of England.
This programme is also available for part-time evening study over 4 years.
How to apply
Application deadlines and interviews
You are required to complete 12 modules to obtain 360 credit points.
6 compulsory modules are covered in the first 2 years, providing an integrated base of social science modules on which to build deeper knowledge in subsequent choices of 2 option modules.
In the third year, you choose 4 option modules from a wide range offered by the 3 participating departments.
The option modules available from year to year are subject to change. This is an indicative list of option modules.
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.
Students without an adequate background in economics or quantitative methods may be required to take, and pass with credit, 2 foundation modules from the Certificate of Higher Education in Economics.
UCAS tariff points
The UCAS tariff score is applicable to you if you have recently studied a qualification that has a UCAS tariff equivalence.
GCSE grade A*-C in English and mathematics
Alternative entry routes
Access to Higher Education Diploma with a minimum of 15 credits achieved at Merit or Distinction in economics or social science units.
Students who successfully complete 2 specified modules of the Certificate of Higher Education in Economics, namely Economic Principles and International Economics and Finance, with a minimum mark of 60% can apply to the BSc programme.
International entry requirements
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.
Visit the International section of our website to find out more about our English language entry requirements and relevant requirements by country.
Full-time home/EU students: £
paFull-time overseas students: £
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Teaching and assessment
Face-to-face teaching, lectures and seminars
For most modules, you will do coursework and sit examinations. The relative weights of these components will vary from module to module and you will be given this information on the individual module syllabus/reading list. Coursework assignments will vary, but may include essays, problem-solving (modules involving quantitative techniques are likely to involve exercises designed to test your ability to apply these techniques to solve problems) and in-class and mid-term tests. Please note that there are penalties for late submission of coursework.