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Centre for Financial and Management Studies (CeFiMS)

Postgraduate Diploma in Economic Policy

Duration: The programmes takes a minimum of one year to complete. Each course lasts eight weeks. You are registered for a maximum of five years.


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Minimum Entry Requirements: You should have a good degree with good grades in courses in economics, finance, quantitative subjects, or another appropriate subject, or an equivalent professional qualification equivalent to a first degree and suitable relevant work experience. You are required to have internet access in order to participate in this programme.

Start of programme: November / February / April / June / August

Mode of Attendance: Distance Learning

Fees: £5,040

The Diploma programme focuses on the financial aspects of policy making, increasing your understanding of the principles, applications and context underlying economic policy.

The programme can also provide a suitable route towards entering the MSc Finance (major: Economic Policy).

Email: cefimsadmin@soas.ac.uk

Phone: +44 (0)20 7898 4098

English language requirements: If your first degree was not taught in English, you will need to provide evidence of language ability as tested by the British Council or another registered body. This is equivalent to a score of 7.0 overall in the IELTS test, or 7.0 in both reading and writing.

Teaching & Learning

Teaching & Learning

The Postgraduate Diploma is made up of four modules. Each module is studied in eight-week sessions. You can only take one module at a time, but each module is typically available in at least two of the year's study sessions. This gives you the flexibility to plan how you study during the year, enabling you to fit your study in with your professional, family and personal commitments.

You will be individually assigned an online academic tutor for the duration of each module with whom you can discuss academic queries at regular intervals during the study session. You will also have a named administrator providing you with help and advice throughout your studies.

Before the start of each module you have enrolled in, you will be sent a package containing all of the study materials that you need to complete the module – the core text, textbooks, a collection of key articles, and any module related software. 

To make your experience as a distance learning student more complete and rewarding, we provide access to the Virtual Learning Environment, which is a web-accessed learning environment. Via the VLE, you can communicate with your assigned academic tutor, administrators and other students on the module using discussion forums. The VLE also provides access to the module Study Guide and assignments, as well as a selection of electronic journals available on the University of London Online Library.

For each module, you will sit a three-hour examination, held on a specified date in October, and complete two assignments during the module study session. Assignments are submitted and feedback given online. Examinations and assignments are weighted 70:30.


As a graduate of this programme you will be prepared for a career as an economist in government, central banks, other public organisations, international institutions and consultancy.

How to Apply

Online application

To make an application, please complete our online application form. For more information about the application procedure and deadlines, and the supporting documentation required, please visit the admissions section of the Centre for Financial and Management Studies website.

A Student's Perspective

I can assure my sponsor that the studies I undertook were value for money and have helped me tremendously in my career development. I would recommend studying through CeFiMS to anybody.

Brechtje Swart