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Birkbeck, University of London

Economic and Social Policy

UCAS Code: LL14

Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

Entry requirements


UCAS Tariff

120

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

100%
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About this course


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Course option

3years

Full-time | 2019

Other options

4 years | Part-time | 2019

Subject

Social policy

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.

Modules

You take compulsory and option modules at Level 4, Level 5 and Level 6, to a total of 360 credits.

In Year 1, you take four compulsory modules - two at level 4 and two at Level 5 - to a total of 120 credits. These provide core, cross-disciplinary knowledge and an integrated base of social science modules on which to build deeper knowledge.

In Years 2 and 3, you choose from a range of Level 5 and Level 6 option modules to match your interests, strengths and career and academic aspirations. Option modules are offered across three departments at Birkbeck: Economics, Mathematics and Statistics; Geography; and Politics. Full-time students usually take 120 credits in each year and you must take at least 120 credits at Level 6.

You can also choose option modules from our BSc Economics and BSc Financial Economics, subject to fulfilling any prerequisites and with guidance from the Programme Director.

COMPULSORY MODULES:

Environment, Economy and Society in Europe;
Introduction to Economics;
Introductory Quantitative Techniques;
Social Relations and Social Policy Level 5.

INDICATIVE OPTION MODULES:

Advanced Topics in Economics and Finance;
American Politics and Foreign Policy;
Applied Statistics and Econometrics;
Cities and Urban Inequalities;
Economics of Public Policy;
International Relations (Level 6);
Issues in Development Economics;
IT and Professional Skills;
Macroeconomic Theory and Policy;
Microeconomic Theory and Policy;
Political Economy;
Principles of Geographic Information Systems Level 6;
Russian Politics and Society, 1905 to Today;
The Politics of European Integration;
Topics in Mathematical Economics and Econometrics;
UK Financial Institutions and Markets;
War and Modern Society.

INDICATIVE BSC ECONOMICS/BSC FINANCIAL ECONOMICS OPTION MODULES:

Current Economic Problems;
Macroeconomics;
Mathematics for Economists;
Microeconomics;
Principles of Finance;
Quantitative Techniques for Applied Economics.

This is an indicative list of option modules; some option modules run in alternate years and those available are subject to change.

Assessment methods

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.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£13,350
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Birkbeck, University of London

Department:

Economics, Mathematics and Statistics

TEF rating:

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

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Social policy

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Social policy

Teaching and learning

85%
Staff make the subject interesting
96%
Staff are good at explaining things
83%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
75%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

83%
Library resources
79%
IT resources
75%
Course specific equipment and facilities
79%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

After graduation


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Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

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