• UCAS Code: LL14
  • Status: Fully Approved
  • Start date: October 2016
  • Duration:

    3 years full-time

  • Attendance:

    3-4 evenings a week

    September to June

  • Location:

    Central London

Programme overview

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

If you are applying for a 3-year, full-time undergraduate degree at Birkbeck, you have to apply through UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). If you are applying after 30 June 2016, you need to register with UCAS and apply through UCAS Clearing. A Clearing hotline will be available at Birkbeck from 18 August 2016 for those waiting for A-level results. However, if you are not waiting for results you can apply through UCAS now.

Find out more about Clearing, including key dates and how it all works.

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Birkbeck offers a range of free face-to-face advice and support to help you make a successful application.

Birkbeck can give you all of the information and help you need to complete your application form, including our online personal statement tool, which will guide you through every step of writing your personal statement.

UCAS Code

LL14

Application deadlines and interviews

If you are applying after 30 June 2016, you will need to apply through UCAS Clearing. A Clearing hotline will be available at Birkbeck from 18 August 2016 for those waiting for A-level results. However, if you are not waiting for results you can apply through UCAS now.

Read more about key dates for UCAS applicants.

Course structure

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.

Compulsory modules

Option modules

The option modules available from year to year are subject to change. This is an indicative list of option modules.

Entry requirements

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

300

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.

Fees

Full-time home/EU students: £ 9000 pa
Full-time overseas students: £ 13000 pa

Payment and Fees Discounts

Flexible finance: pay your fees in monthly instalments at no extra cost. Enrol early to spread your costs and reduce your monthly payments.

Fees discount: Birkbeck offers a generous package of fee reductions and cash bursaries for new undergraduates and Certificate of Higher Education students. Also, if you are a member of a union that is recognised by the Trades Union Congress (TUC), you may apply for a 10% discount off your tuition fees.

Funding and Financial Support

With a student loan, you will pay nothing upfront. Find out about loans, cash bursaries and fee reductions and check if you are eligible.

Careers and employability

Graduates can pursue careers in banking and finance, education and social services, or research and analysis. This degree may also be useful in becoming a social research, local government officer, economist or statistician.

Find out more about these professions.

Find out more about the destinations of graduates in this subject.

We offer a comprehensive Careers and Employability Service to help you advance your career, while our in-house, professional recruitment consultancy, Birkbeck Talent, works with London’s top employers to help you gain work experience that fits in with your evening studies.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching

Face-to-face teaching, lectures and seminars

Assessment

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.

Our research

Birkbeck is one of the world’s leading research-intensive institutions. Our cutting-edge scholarship informs public policy, achieves scientific advances, supports the economy, promotes culture and the arts, and makes a positive difference to society.

Birkbeck’s research excellence was confirmed in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, which placed Birkbeck 30th in the UK for research, with 73% of our research rated world-leading or internationally excellent.

In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), more than half of our research outputs in Economics were ranked world-leading or internationally excellent.

Read about Birkbeck research offering insights and expertise to inform business, contribute to economic success and develop ground-breaking technologies.

Further study opportunities

Graduates can proceed to a variety of economics postgraduate degrees or to Master's programmes in broader political and social sciences.

Not ready to do a degree?

We can support you to get on to the undergraduate course that’s right for you.

If you are not ready to study an undergraduate degree, check out our Certificates of Higher Education and short courses for another way into study.

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