Economics (MSc)

Year of entry


Start date

October 2018


Central London


Fully Approved


One year full-time or two years part-time 


Four to five afternoons/evenings a week full-time or two to three evenings a week part-time, September to August 

This programme is designed to equip you with tools and techniques for investigating important economic issues. It provides a grounding in mathematical and econometric techniques, and goes on to discuss the foundations of microeconomics and macroeconomics and their application to new economic problems.

You will learn to express original ideas in academic papers and to test them with the use of econometrics. The study of econometrics covers linear and dynamic linear regression models, a wide variety of hypothesis tests and techniques for estimating systems of equations. Techniques are illustrated with economic examples, such as models with rational expectations, as well as consumption, production and money demand functions.

Economics and finance at Birkbeck have an excellent reputation, not only for the quality of our research but also for the quality of the training we offer. Employers recognise the quality of Birkbeck graduates in economics and finance. We take students who are determined to succeed and are prepared to undergo the rigours of first-class training, whether they are studying full- or part-time.

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  • Gives a solid basis for a variety of careers in business, government and academia.
  • Enables you to work effectively when tackling economic problems of the sort faced by industry, banking, the civil service and researchers.
  • Excellent reputation for the quality of our teaching, providing training for employers such as the Treasury and the Bank of England.
  • The Department enjoys an international reputation and stands among the foremost research groups in the country.
  • In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), more than half of our research outputs in Economics were ranked world-leading or internationally excellent.
  • This programme is recognised as a research training programme by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). For UK and EU applicants intending to pursue research, ESRC studentships (one year for the Master’s programme followed by three years of funding for research) may be available for candidates with a strong academic background.
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Course structure

Core modules reinforce economic theory with practical application. They include preliminary courses in mathematical and statistical techniques, which take place in September and have to be passed in order to progress to the programme.

Options provide specialised modules with current themes. Option module availability varies across years.

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