Graduate Diploma Economics
- Full Time
- Graduate Diploma
- Course Length
- 1 years
- Course Start Date
- September 2024
The Graduate Diploma in Economics provides core training in Economics for those who do not already have an extensive recent economics background. The course is offered over 10 months, full-time.
Graduates of the programme who achieve a good pass may progress to Master’s-level study on our Academic and Professional Programme, which is suitable for those who wish to progress either to a PhD in Economics, or to employment as a professional economist in government, a financial institution, business, commerce, industry, an international agency or another similar organisation.
The Graduate Diploma in Economics is taken over 10 months, full-time. As well as being a qualification in its own right, it provides a sound basis for progression to further postgraduate study. Students who successfully secure a good pass on our Graduate Diploma, subject to the appropriate choice of options, are guaranteed a place on our MSc degree programme.
The Diploma consists of a combination of undergraduate-level taught modules. There are compulsory modules in intermediate microeconomics, intermediate macroeconomics and econometrics. In addition to these, you’ll choose options from a range of modules covering areas including corporate finance, behavioural economics, global trade, strategy, mathematical economics, econometrics and programming. The options give you the opportunity to study areas that interest you at a more advanced level.
By way of additional support, the School of Economics runs an intensive course in Mathematics and Statistics for Economists in the fortnight before the degree starts in September. This incorporates the techniques of calculus, statistical analysis and statistical computing. While not compulsory, it is strongly recommended that students attend this course.
Study and Modules
In this course, you’ll take three compulsory and three optional modules. The compulsory modules will provide you with strong foundations in microeconomics, macroeconomics and econometrics, while the optional modules will allow you to tailor your course according to your own interests.
In your compulsory modules, you’ll get to grips with key concepts and theories in microeconomics, exploring how individuals and firms make decisions, and macroeconomics, exploring governments’ fiscal and monetary policies and their impact. You’ll also build up your skills in the management and analysis of real-world data in an econometrics module, applying statistical methods to the investigation of economic questions.
A rich list of optional modules will allow you to focus in areas of interest, whether these are in finance, behavioural economics, trade, or in modules of more technical nature, such as mathematical economics, programming and further topics in applied econometrics.
Such combination of compulsory and optional modules will help you build a profile that provides strong foundations for the Master’s studies you would like to pursue or for the employment sector you would like to follow.
Optional A Modules(Credits: 60)
Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring, review and update of modules. Where this activity leads to significant (but not minor) changes to programmes and their constituent modules, the University will endeavour to consult with students and others. It is also possible that the University may not be able to offer a module for reasons outside of its control, such as the illness of a member of staff. In some cases optional modules can have limited places available and so you may be asked to make additional module choices in the event you do not gain a place on your first choice. Where this is the case, the University will inform students.
Teaching and Learning
You’ll be taught by a lively, friendly, research-oriented team, committed to teaching excellence and focused on facilitating your growth and success.
Our School is globally respected, especially for its pioneering and world-leading work in behavioural economics. Our active research areas also include macroeconomics, competition economics, environmental policy, conflict theory, finance, and labour market studies in education, family and welfare.
Within your taught programme, you'll find the intellectual challenge and personal freedom you need to pursue your own goals and interests. And you’ll be doing this within the broader academic and social life of a school that forms a vibrant and diverse community.
The student-led Economics Society is the perfect place for you to network and socialise with fellow students, whilst our Staff-Student Liaison Committee gives you a say in the future direction and everyday running of the School. The Norwich Economic Publications (a combination of a journal and a Podcast run by students) and the ECO Blog are outlets where you can share your enthusiasm about what you study.
At the same time, you’ll receive the very best support and guidance through a dedicated module called STEPS (Skills, Training, Employability, Progression, and Support) running throughout your course, as well as through your personal academic adviser.
You'll be assessed through a balanced mix of coursework and exams. Coursework is deliberately varied, and can include tests, essays, presentations, group work, technical exercises, research project and data analysis assignments.
Each piece of assessment plays a role both in checking your progress, and in supporting your continued learning. Assessment is moreover an opportunity to develop your employability.
- Degree Classification
- Bachelors degree (minimum 2:2 or equivalent)
- Degree Subject
- Any subject acceptable.
- English Foreign Language
Applications from students whose first language is not English are welcome. We require evidence of proficiency in English (including writing, speaking, listening and reading):
IELTS: 6.0 overall with minimum 6.0 in Writing & Speaking and 5.5 in Listening & Reading
Test dates should be within 2 years of the course start date.
We also accept a number of other English language tests. Review our English Language Equivalencies for a list of qualifications that we may accept to meet this requirement.
If you do not yet meet the English language requirements for this course, INTO UEA offer a variety of English language programmes which are designed to help you develop the English skills necessary for successful undergraduate study:
Applicants should normally have a good undergraduate degree from a recognised higher education institution. The University will also take into account the employment experience of applicants where relevant.
This course is open to UK and International applicants. The annual intake for this course is in September each year.
Additional Information or Requirements
Our Admissions Policy applies to the admissions of all postgraduate applicants.
Fees and Funding
Tuition fees for the Academic Year 2024/25 are:
UK Students: £11,025 (full time)
International Students: £21,200 (full time)
If you choose to study part-time, the fee per annum will be half the annual fee for that year, or a pro-rata fee for the module credit you are taking (only available for Home students).
We estimate living expenses at £1,023 per month.
Further Information on tuition fees can be found here.
Scholarships and Bursaries
The University of East Anglia offers a range of Scholarships; please click the link for eligibility, details of how to apply and closing dates.
Course Related Costs
Please see Additional Course Fees for details of additional course-related costs.
How to Apply
Applications for Postgraduate Taught programmes at the University of East Anglia should be made directly to the University.
To apply please use our online application form.
If you would like to discuss your individual circumstances prior to applying, please do contact us:
Postgraduate Admissions Office
Tel: +44 (0)1603 591515
International candidates are also encouraged to access the International Students section of our website.
After the Course
Upon successful completion, students taking this course usually progress to one of the Academic and Professional MSc degrees in the following year. After they obtain the MSc degree they can progress to a PhD, but they are also qualified for careers as a professional economist in government, consultancy, financial institutions, international agencies and other similar organisations.
A degree at UEA will prepare you for a wide variety of careers. We've been ranked 1st for Job Prospects by StudentCrowd in 2022.
Example of careers that you could enter include:
Management and Economics Consulting
Government and Policy advising
Investment Banking and Risk analysis
Discover more on our Careers webpages.