• UCAS Code: L1N4
  • Status: Fully Approved
  • Start date: October 2017
  • Duration:

    3 years full-time

  • Attendance:

    3-4 evenings a week, September to June

  • Location:

    Central London

Programme overview

This is a joint undergraduate programme, on which you will gain accounting skills as well as an extensive knowledge of the financial sector. The course is designed to provide a core of technically demanding, yet applications-oriented, skills in finance, economics and accounting. It features 2 pathways, which allow you to focus either on the technical or the applied aspects of financial economics with accounting.

This is a rigorous course that combines an open admissions policy with high standards. Where there are gaps in your previous education we will fill those gaps, but you will also achieve the same standard of training in the core skills of finance, economics and accounting as in any other financial economics with accounting degree in the UK.

This course 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). 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.

Read more about key dates for UCAS applicants.

Why study this course at Birkbeck?

  • The programme offers a well-integrated interdisciplinary core, allowing you to obtain a broad and balanced perspective, while the unique 2-pathway structure allows you to tailor your studies and focus on either the technical or applied aspects of financial economics.
  • Birkbeck's unique evening teaching gives people who care about their future something special: the opportunity to study at one of the world's top research-intensive universities and to move forward with their life goals at the same time.
  • In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), more than half of our research outputs in Economics were ranked world-leading or internationally excellent.
  • We have an excellent reputation for the quality of our teaching, providing training for employers such as the Treasury and the Bank of England.
  • You will be taught by academics who are professional practitioners in the world of economics and international finance, and who provide specialist advice and in-house training for government departments and City firms and banks.
  • The Department of Economics, Mathematics and Statistics brings together research and teaching in economics, finance, mathematics and statistics in a single department, which creates significant inter-disciplinary synergies.

Course structure

This course is made up of a sequence of 15- and 30-credit modules totalling 360 credits over 3 years.

The programme offers 2 pathways, starting at the beginning of Year 2. The exit awards are BSc Financial Economics with Accounting and BSc Applied Financial Economics with Accounting, respectively.

In Year 1, you take 4 compulsory modules.

In Year 2, you take 5 compulsory modules.

In Year 3, you take 3 compulsory modules and 1 or 2 option modules to make up 30 credits.

Year 1 compulsory modules

Year 2 compulsory modules BSc Financial Economics with Accounting pathway

Year 2 compulsory modules BSc Applied Financial Economics with Accounting pathway

Year 3 compulsory modules BSc Financial Economics with Accounting pathway

Year 3 compulsory modules BSc Applied Financial Economics with Accounting pathway

Option modules

Please note that the list of available option modules may change from year to year.

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

120, including an A-Level in mathematics.

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.

Applicants will usually be expected to have GCSE grade A*-C in English language and mathematics, and a grade B or above, or equivalent, in A-Level mathematics is preferred.

If you would like to find out more about our admissions policy, please contact us.

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.

    Two specified modules of the Certificate of Higher Education in Economics - Economic Principles and Quantitative Economic Methods - with a minimum mark of 60%.

      If you are returning to study, the Certificate of Higher Education Introductory Studies is accepted as an entry requirement onto the BSc, if you successfully complete the designated modules to the appropriate standard.

      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: £ 9250 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 the financial sector, economics or accountancy. This degree may be useful in becoming a financial risk analyst, economist, statistician or chartered accountant.

      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


      Face-to-face teaching, lectures and seminars


      Most modules are assessed by course assignments and/or in-class tests, and an unseen formal examination in June.

      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

      If you undertake the technical pathway you can progress to a Birkbeck Master's programme, such as MSc Finance or MSc Financial Economics.

      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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