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Graduate Diploma

Developed by academics at LSE, this diploma provides a strong grounding in economics and helps you to develop critical skills for a wide range of real world professional situations.

It is designed for graduates looking for either a standalone qualification in economics or a foundation for postgraduate study.

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This Graduate Diploma is designed for graduates looking for a standalone qualification in economics or a foundation for postgraduate study.

Study this programme at a Teaching Centre near you

You can receive local support from a local teaching centre, use the dropdown to find your nearest centre.

Studying this programme you will:

  • demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the fundamental aspects of economic analysis.
  • formulate and develop economic arguments in a logical manner.
  • think in a critical manner and evaluate an economic argument.
  • apply economic principles and quantitative techniques to the analysis of economic data.
  • demonstrate skill in applying economic reasoning to the analysis of a wide range of policy issues.

Programme details

This programme has one intake date per year: November. 

2022 intake
Application deadline 30 October 2022
Registration deadline 30 November 2022
Programme starts November

Study at a Recognised Teaching Centre

This programme is only available to study at a Recognised Teaching Centre and cannot be studied independently.

If you prefer to study independently, a selection of programmes with academic direction from the London School of Economics are available to study fully supported online.

Study materials

Your study materials are available through the Student Portal and are specially written by academics appointed by LSE. These include a Student Guide and the programme handbook; online course materials for each course studied; past examination papers and examiners’ commentaries; and Programme Regulations containing full details of syllabuses, programme structures and degree classification criteria.

Online support

When you register, we will give you access to your Student Portal. You can then access your University of London email account and other key resources:

  • The Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). Here, you can access electronic copies of all printed study materials, resources including audio-visual and revision guides, and forums to discuss course material and work collaboratively with others.
  • The Online Library holds thousands of journal articles which you can access free of charge. A dedicated helpdesk is available if you have any difficulties in finding what you need.

Student Support

We are committed to delivering an exceptional student experience for all of our students, regardless of which of our programmes you are studying and whether you are studying independently or with a Recognised Teaching Centre.

You will have access to support through:

  • The Student Advice Centre – provides support for application and Student Portal queries.
  • TalkCampus – a peer support service that offers a safe and confidential way to talk about whatever is on your mind at any time of day or night.

Assessment

Each module is assessed by an unseen written exam, which is usually held in May or June. You can sit your exams at any approved centre around the world. These centres charge a fee for hosting the exams.

Your exam is set and assessed by academics at LSE, ensuring that your degree is of the same standard as those studying on-campus in London.

More about exams.

The fees below relate to new students registering for the 2022-2023 session, and are effective from 25 January 2022. These may be increased by up to 7% per annum.

Academic year 2022-2023
Application fee (non-refundable) 107
Initial registration fee 1214
Further registration fee for Law options (per course) 66
Examination entry fee per half course 183
Examination entry fee per full course 366
Online examination fee* 10
Continuing registration fee 554
Indicative total 2785

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More about programme fees

*The online examination administration fee is charged for each examination paper held online, including resits. This does not apply to any coursework submissions. This fee will be charged at the point of exam entry and is in addition to the exam entry fee listed above.

Additional Costs

You will also need to budget for:

  • Textbooks (could extend to around £300 per year)
  • Teaching centre tuition costs
  • Exam centre fees, which are paid directly to the venues where you sit your exams.

We accept most traditional payment methods, including debit/credit card, international money order, and Western Union.

How to pay your fees

Please note: all student fees shown are net of any local VAT, Goods and Services Tax (GST) or any other sales tax payable by the student in their country of residence. Where the University is required to add VAT, GST or any other sales tax at the local statutory rate, this will be added to the fees shown during the payment process. For students resident in the UK, our fees are exempt from VAT.

Further information on Sales Tax

Your payment provider may apply additional transaction fees (if in doubt, please check with them before making a payment).

Further information about fee payment options can be found in the “How to pay your fees” link above.

This programme is only available to study at a Recognised Teaching Centre and cannot be studied independently. Before you apply for this programme with University of London, you should contact your Recognised Teaching Centre of choice for advice on application/admission requirements, including any additional requirements that the teaching centre might have.

Once the Recognised Teaching Centre is happy to offer you a place in principle, they will provide you with an Application Validation Code (AVC) to be used to complete your University of London application. Please remember that any Recognised Teaching Centre offer is subject to formal University of London approval. This will be in the form of you receiving an offer from your University of London application. Your Recognised Teaching Centre can contact University of London on your behalf for eligibility advice, prior to you submitting a formal online application.

Without the cost of moving to London, studying for your University of London diploma anywhere in the world represents excellent value for money. However, there may be additional sources of support depending on where you live.

More on funding your study.

About the LSE Summer School

LSE’s Summer School is the most well-established and the largest of its kind in the whole of Europe, with over 80 academically rigorous courses on offer. Each year over 6,000 students from 120 nations study at the LSE campus in the heart of Central London.

Courses are taught by LSE faculty and complement the content of this degree. If you complete two Summer School courses you may be able to claim Accreditation of Prior Learning equivalent to one course on the degree. As a student on this programme you will receive a 15% discount on tuition fees to attend the LSE Summer School.

Full details and how to apply are available on the LSE Summer School website.

What our students think

86%

agreed the reality of their programme was what they expected or better.

82%

were satisfied overall with the quality of the programme.

81%

agreed the flexibility of the programme met their needs.

Alumni testimonial: Perry Jackson (New Zealand)

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