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Graduate Diploma in Finance and Economics GradDip
Graduate Diploma in Finance and Economics January Start GradDip
Get the skills and experience you need for a postgraduate degree in finance or economics, designed for international and EU students.
Our Graduate Diploma in Finance and Economics is jointly run by the School of Economics and Finance and the Language Centre. It offers international and EU students a route to postgraduate study at Queen Mary and other leading UK institutions – whether you're changing disciplines, need to improve your level of English, or don’t otherwise meet the academic requirements for direct entry to a master's degree.
Running from either September to June or January to July, this highly intensive diploma incorporates English language and study skills with economics and finance modules, all of which are taught by our expert academic staff.
This programme will help you adapt to academic life in the UK, and successful applicants are guaranteed progression onto postgraduate courses in the School of Economics and Finance at Queen Mary. You'll develop solid knowledge in your chosen academic specialties, and improve your ability to use academic English effectively at postgraduate level.
Start your Graduate Diploma in Finance and Economics in either September or January.
Academic subject modules
- Introduction to Econometrics
- Topics in Econometrics
Academic English and research skills modules
- English language and study skills
- Research Methods
- Independent Research Project
Please note that all modules are subject to change.
In the past I never thought the English course would be useful. However, I found my reading and writing skills and the way I think and understand is now very different from the past.
Teaching and learning
Academic subjects are taught in lectures and seminars. Lectures can contain up to 50 students, but seminars will be divided into smaller groups of up to 18 students. English language and study skills modules are taught in groups averaging 16 students.
You will attend classes for up to 20 hours per week: 12 hours of English Language and Study Skills and up to eight hours of academic subjects. You will also be expected to undertake independent study.
Assessment typically includes a combination of coursework (portfolios, individual and group presentations, written assignments, in-class tests, research projects and seminars) and/or examinations in May or June.
To progress onto Masters programmes at Queen Mary you will need to achieve minimum grades in individual modules.
Resources and facilities
The School offers excellent on-campus resources to aid your studies, including:
- multimedia digital labs for language learning
- the Queen Mary library
- online resources to help you develop your academic English, specially developed for Queen Mary students.
Once you have met the conditions of your offer, you will need to pay a deposit of £2,000 towards your tuition fees. This deposit will help in applying for your Tier 4 (General) student visa.
If your fees are being paid by a government sponsor we do not require a deposit; however, we will need a formal letter from your sponsor confirming the arrangement.
Support from Queen Mary
We offer specialist support on all financial and welfare issues through our Advice and Counselling Service, which you can access as soon as you have applied for a place at Queen Mary.
Take a look at our Student Advice Guides which cover ways to finance your degree, including:
- additional sources of funding
- planning your budget and cutting costs
- part-time and vacation work
- money for lone parents.
Our pre-masters graduate diplomas facilitate entry into postgraduate study in a number of disciplines at Queen Mary and other leading UK institutions.
Recent students have gone on to earn postgraduate degrees in:
- MSc Accounting & Finance (joint programme with School of Business Management)
- MSc International Business
- MSc Business Analytics
- MSc Banking & Finance
- MSc Corporate Finance
- MSc Investment & Finance
- MSc Wealth Management
- MSc Behavioural Finance
- MSc Behavioural Finance (CFA pathway)
- MSc Investment Banking
- MSc Investment Banking (CFA pathway)
- MSc Finance
- MSc Finance (CFA pathway)
- MSc Economics*
- MSc Law & Finance*
- LLM Law & Economics*
- MSc Mathematical Finance*
* No progression agreement. Offers are made on a case by case basis.
The Queen Mary careers team can offer:
- specialist advice on choosing a career path
- support with finding work experience, internships and graduate jobs
- feedback on CVs, cover letters and application forms
- interview coaching.
Learn more about career support and development at Queen Mary.
About the School
The School of Languages, Linguistics and Film is friendly and collaborative, bringing a vibrant range of disciplines together. We teach and research on subjects from practical filmmaking to postmodern literature, and from experimental neurolinguistics to Brazilian Portuguese.
This year, Russian and French students have produced plays in their language, linguistics students have presented their research at conferences and film students have directed, shot and edited many short films.
Our work engages the local community through workshops, research projects and public events. We are visited by poets, novelists and outside experts, and we make the most of our location, forging strong links with London’s cultural institutions.
In the 2017 National Student Survey, French and Hispanic Studies received overall satisfaction ratings of 100 per cent – top in the UK. Satisfaction among linguistics students was at 92 per cent. German was ranked first in London and Hispanic Studies and Russian in the top five by the Complete University Guide 2018.