Year of entry2017
Start dateOctober 2017
3 years full-time
3-4 evenings a week, September to June
Other entry years for this course2018
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.
The first two 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.
This programme is also available for.
- The programme offers a well-integrated interdisciplinary core, while allowing students to adopt academic specialisms if they wish in their final year. In so doing, students obtain a broad and balanced perspective.
- We have an excellent reputation for the quality of our teaching, providing training for diverse employers, including the Treasury and the Bank of England.
- In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), more than half of our research outputs in Economics were ranked world-leading or internationally excellent.
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You are required to complete 12 modules to obtain 360 credit points.
Six compulsory modules are covered in the first two years, providing an integrated base of social science modules on which to build deeper knowledge in subsequent choices of two option modules.
In the third year, you choose four option modules from a wide range offered by the three participating departments.
- Data Analysis for Social Science
- Environment, Economy and Society in Europe
- Introduction to Economics
- IT and Professional Skills
- Social Relations and Social Policy Level 5
- Study Techniques
Indicative option modules
- Advanced Topics in Economics and Finance
- American Politics and Foreign Policy
- Applied Statistics and Econometrics
- Cities and Urban Inequalities
- Critical Race Studies: Understanding Asian and Black Experiences in Britain
- Current Economic Problems
- Economics of Public Policy
- International Economics
- International Relations (Level 6)
- Issues in Development Economics
- Macroeconomic Theory and Policy
- Material Culture, Consumption and the Construction of Self (Level 5)
- Mathematics for Economists
- Microeconomic Theory and Policy
- Parliamentary Studies
- Political Economy
- Political Transformations
- Politics, Power and Human Nature
- Principles of Geographic Information Systems Level 6
- Russian Politics and Society, 1905 to Today
- Social and Political Theory
- The Politics of European Integration
- The Politics of Race and Diaspora
- The United States in International Politics
- Topics in Mathematical Economics and Econometrics
- UK Financial Institutions and Markets
- War and Modern Society
The option modules available from year to year are subject to change. This is an indicative list of option modules.
We welcome a wide range of qualifications, from the UK and abroad, and we will also consider your non-academic achievements.
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.
UCAS tariff points
The UCAS tariff system has changed for courses starting in September 2017 and is now calculated using a new number system. This means applicants applying for courses from October 2016 will see entry requirements and offers expressed using the new tariff.
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, 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 and finance
We are committed to doing everything we can to help you finance your studies.
FeesFull-time home/EU students: £ 9250 pa
Full-time overseas students: £ 13000 pa
Teaching and assessment
Our innovative, engaging teaching is designed to support students who are juggling evening study with work and other daytime commitments.
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.
Careers and employability
To help you get ahead in your career, we offer free advice and training and our recruitment consultancy, Birkbeck Talent, can connect you with employers.
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. 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.
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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.
How to apply
Once you've found the course that's right for you, here's what to do next to get your place at Birkbeck.
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). To apply, go to the UCAS homepage and click on 'Apply and Track'. You will have to register, giving UCAS a few personal details, including your name, address and date of birth, and then you complete an application form.
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Application deadlines and interviews
15 January is the first UCAS deadline and the majority of university applications through UCAS are made by then. We welcome applications outside of the UCAS deadlines, so you can still apply through UCAS after 15 January, depending on the availability of places. We also take late applications via the UCAS Clearing system in August.
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Life at Birkbeck
Birkbeck offers a unique combination of evening study and a matchless central London location, right in the geographic and academic centre of the city, giving you exceptional opportunities.
Accommodation and living costs
Most of our students live in private accommodation, but we also offer student accommodation and access to the professional services of the University of London Housing Services.
The Birkbeck experience
Birkbeck is different: our classes are held in the evening, so your days are free - to study, work, volunteer or just do your own thing.
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