Graduate Diploma Economics

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Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences and Law
Awards available Graduate Diploma
Course length Nine months full-time
Part-time study available No, full-time only
Open to international students Yes
Number of places Not fixed
Start date September 2016

Programme overview

This is a fast-track, nine-month programme which provides a rigorous training in core skills in analytical economics and econometrics, as well as allowing some specialisation in chosen areas of the subject. It is intended for graduates whose first degree did not focus on economics and is a free-standing qualification, enabling graduates to seek employment in economics-related fields. For graduates intending to pursue further study, the programme is designed to meet entrance requirements for postgraduate programmes at master's level or higher.

Fees for 2016/17

Full time fees



Fees quoted are per annum and subject to annual increase.

Funding for 2016/17

Further information on funding for prospective UK, EU and international postgraduate students.

Programme structure

Core units

Three units are taken from the school's undergraduate programmes:

  • Econometrics
  • Intermediate Economics 1 with extended essay
  • Intermediate Economics 2 with extended essay

Optional units

You must select two specialised units from a list announced each year. This list includes both second- and third-year undergraduate units, and students must choose at least one third-year unit. A typical list might include:

  • Current Economic Problems
  • Environmental Economics
  • History of Economic Thought
  • Industrial Economics
  • International Economics
  • Labour Economics*
  • Macroeconomic Theory and Policy
  • Corporate Finance
  • Growth and Development
  • Applied Microeconomics
  • Behavioural Economics

*Permission to take this unit is at the Unit Director's discretion.

Entry requirements

An upper second-class degree (or international equivalent). Entrance qualifications must include a significant mathematical/statistical component, either at degree level or a minimum of grade A at A-level Mathematics (or equivalent). Candidates should supply details of high school qualifications when applying.

See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.

Selection process Online application form
English language requirements Profile C
Further information about English language requirements
Admissions statement Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.
How to apply
Application deadline:

1 July 2016


Successful completion of this programme will enable graduates to seek employment in economics-related fields and meet entrance requirements for postgraduate programmes at Masters level or higher.

International students

Find out more about becoming a student at Bristol, and the support we offer to international students.

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REF 2014 results

  • 44% of research is world-leading (4 star)
  • 44% of research is internationally excellent (3 star)
  • 12% of research is recognised internationally (2 star)
  • 0% of research is recognised nationally (1 star)

Results are from the most recent UK-wide assessment of research quality, conducted by HEFCE. More about REF 2014 results.

Get in touch

Graduate Diploma Co-ordinator Phone: +44 (0) 117 331 0500 Email:

School of Economics, Finance and Management
University of Bristol
8 Woodland Road
Bristol BS8 1TN


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