This is a nine-month programme based on a mix of core microeconomics, macroeconomics, statistics and either economics or finance options, depending on the chosen profile. Although it is a standalone programme, most students use it as a preparatory programme before embarking on an MSc, either at Queen Mary or at another academic institution. It is designed for applicants who are academically very able but whose background knowledge is not yet at the level required to embark on an MSc programme and perform successfully. Our Postgraduate Certificate students either have an undergraduate degree in a noneconomics
subject and require a conversion course, or have an economics degree which did not cover some of the necessary subjects at the level we require.
Students achieving the Certificate with Credit or Distinction in June will gain automatic entrance to the MSc programme of their choice in the following September, simply by presenting the application to the chosen programme.
In consultation with an adviser, you will select eight modules from the undergraduate programme in Economics, attend classes/seminars that follow these lectures, and sit examinations in May. These will normally include undergraduate core modules in microeconomics, macroeconomics, statistics and econometrics. Exceptionally, if you can demonstrate that you have covered the content of a particular module to an acceptable standard, then, in consultation with your adviser, you may substitute alternative modules drawn from the final-year undergraduate programme. The title of the award will depend on the mix of modules chosen, but will normally specify Economics or Economics and Finance.
You will sit eight examinations in May and early June. There are three passing grades: Pass, Credit and Distinction.