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Qualification type

Postgraduate Certificate

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Course type


Course Summary

The purpose of this qualification is to provide a programme for those students who would like to obtain very specific training in advanced econometric theory and applications. It is a course of study in its own right in which you take the same courses and exams as those enrolled in the MSc Economics and MSc Finance. Teaching may include formal lectures, seminars, and practical classes and tutorials. Formal lectures are used in most degree programmes to give an overview of a particular field of study. They aim to provide the stimulus and the starting point for deeper exploration of the subject during your own personal reading.

Assessment is an integral part of your university studies and usually consists of a combination of coursework and examinations, although this will vary from course to course - on some of our courses, assessment is entirely by coursework.

Graduates can pursue a career in banking and finance, the public sector, industry, and research and analysis. Possible professions include economist, financial risk analyst, or Civil Service fast streamer. This degree is useful within the banking and finance sectors, as well as in becoming an actuary or local government officer.

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Study mode

Part time evening


1 year

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This module examines the principles and practice of making forecasts of economic and financial time series for decision making in government, business and economics more generally. The first part of the course will cover the basics of point forecasts and their statistical evaluation. The second part will cover more advanced techniques designed to construct, combine and evaluate forecast densities. Economic evaluation using forecast densities will also be covered. We make use of the EViews software to build forecasting models and to make and assess forecasts.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Course specific entry requirements: Students need first- or second-class honours degree, or its equivalent, in either a directly relevant or a highly quantitative subject. Those who hold relevant practical work experience and professional qualification are also taken into consideration. Demonstrable qualities, such as good time management and the ability to cope under pressure, are vital. Standard postgraduate entry requirement is a second-class honours degree (2:2 or above) from a UK university, or an equivalent international qualification. We will review every postgraduate application to Birkbeck on its individual merits and their professional qualifications and/or relevant work experience will be taken into consideration positively. We actively support and encourage applications from mature learners. Our standard postgraduate entry requirement for international students is a second-class honours degree (2:2 or above) from a UK university or an equivalent international qualification.

University information

With a history that dates back 200 years, Birkbeck, University of London is unique in that it delivers its near-300 postgraduate courses in the evenings, enabling students to work or focus on other commitments during the day. Courses can be studied full-time or part-time and some can be studied through distance learning. Birkbeck is one of the world’s leading research universities and provides its 700 postgraduate research student with a...more

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