Graduate Diploma in Economics

Intensive one-year evening study or less intensive two-year evening study

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Programme Director: Stephen Wright

Programme Aims and Objectives

The Graduate Diploma in Economics (GDE) can be completed over two years of part time study or as a one year intensive programme in economics for graduates of any discipline. It aims to provide an introduction to economics and finance at the postgraduate level to students who have a degree (or equivalent qualification) in another subject. A major purpose of the course is to prepare students for entry to the School’s MSc Economics, but the course is also suitable for those who wish to acquire a good grounding in the methods of modern economics but do not wish to proceed to a Masters degree. The programme assumes no prior knowledge of economics, and therefore proceeds intensively.

Students should expect to attend lectures and classes for three evenings per week for 10 weeks in the Autumn and Spring terms. Each of these terms lasts for 11 weeks – the last week is usually set aside for revision. The Summer term has lectures two evenings a week for 5 weeks.

Course Structure

pre-sessional Maths

  The pre-sessional Mathematics course commences in September, for a series of five lectures starting at 6pm. It is highly recommended that students who have only a basic knowledge of mathematics, or have not used their mathematical skills for sometime, attend the entire course. However, it is essential that all students attend the first lecture of this course.

Students taking the two-year option follow the Quantitative Techniques and the Applied Statistics & Econometrics modules in the first year, and the other three modules in the second year.

Students who do not achieve a sufficient standard to continue to the second year, or those students who find they are unable or unwilling to proceed for other reasons, may be awarded a Graduate Certificate in Quantitative Methods for Economics and Finance.

Students who wish to enter MSc Economics must obtain a Merit in the programme overall.

Quantitative Techniques

Applied Statistics & Econometrics



Mathematical Economics

Course Assessment

For most course units, you will do coursework and sit exams. The relative weights of these components toward your mark for the course unit will vary from unit to unit and you will be given this information on the individual unit syllabus/reading list. You should also take care to note the deadlines for submission of coursework and realise that there are penalties for late submission.

There are several types of coursework that you will be asked to produce in your degree. The particular type of coursework assignments will vary from unit to unit, so you will need to pay close attention to the instructions given by the lecturer. Some examples of the types of coursework assignments that you will be expected to produce are given below.

  • Essays: You may be asked to write brief essays on particular questions.
  • Problem Solving: Course units involving quantitative techniques are likely to involve exercises designed to test your ability to apply these techniques to solve problems.
  • In-Class and Mid-Term Tests: these are like mini-exams.

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Course Material & Timetables

The Programme Administrator is:

Vanessa Hay
Room: 720
Tel: 020 7631 6406
Fax: 020 7631 6416
Department of Economics, Mathematics and Statistics, Birkbeck, University of London, Malet St, London WC1E 7HX.