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Diploma Handbook

Welcome to the Department of Economics

Welcome from the Department of Economics. In choosing to undertake your Diploma course with us, you are now part of one of the very best Economics departments in the UK, and you will find your time here to be exciting, challenging and rewarding. Our aim is to ensure that not only will you graduate with a Diploma, but that you will reach your full potential during your time here. As well as being taught by top-class teachers and researchers, we work hard to make your experience memorable and to provide you with valuable opportunities to enhance your CV and make a flying start to your career.

For students continuing their studies to postgraduate level, we offer an unbeatable combination of strong core studies, an exceptionally wide array of specialist options that are available in few other universities, and the value of conducting academic research with the guidance of experts. We attract students from all around the world due to our reputation for offering rigorous and exciting training, and the fact that so many employers are keen to work with our graduates.

In less than 50 years we established ourselves at the forefront of both economic research and education in the UK and beyond. Our research is continuing to yield new and cutting-edge insights to enhance growth, opportunity and wellbeing worldwide. Our innovative curriculum across both our undergraduate and postgraduate programmes provides an outstanding training in economics which is both intellectual and professional. Our research rankings underscore our position in the top tier of the discipline’s research engines in the UK. In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF), we were ranked joint second nationally for the percentage of research classified as either ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’, and this world-leading research informs our postgraduate teaching.

Recently we were ranked third out of all UK university economics departments in The Complete University Guide 2017. We were also ranked 25th in the world in the QS World Subject Rankings 2017. We are also very proud of our global outlook, which informs the subject matter of much of our teaching. Our diverse student cohort means that you will build a network of contacts from around the world.

We wish you every success and encourage you to fully engage with everything on offer in the Department and University.

Welcome from the Diploma Course Director

We would like to welcome you to the Diploma in Economics at Warwick. We hope you find the programme to be interesting and rewarding and your time here to be enjoyable and worthwhile.

This booklet describes the Diploma in Economics. Some of you are taking the programme as a one-year course (L1P5) in its own right and some are taking it as the first year of a two-year programme (L1PA) leading to a Master's degree in Economics, Economics & International Financial Economics or Behavioural and Economic Science (Economics Track).

This handbook is intended as a reference guide for all students, covering all aspects of the programme. You should read it and refer to it if you have any questions. We hope that we have covered all the points that should be included.

The Diploma is a one-academic-year programme consisting of approximately nine months of coursework leading to examinations in the Summer Term. I will help you select the appropriate modules and options and I am available to discuss any matters - academic or personal – on which you need guidance or advice and I will also act as your personal tutor.

Study Skills

As graduate students you will already have acquired study skills. However, there is always room for improvement. If you would like advice on any aspect of your studies you should consult me, seek advice from the University Senior Tutor’s office or undertake some self-help by reading:

Cottrell, S. 2008. The Study Skills Handbook
Creme, P. and Lea, M.R. 2008. Writing at University: A Guide for Students
Fairbairn, G.J. and Fairbairn, S. 2001. Reading at University: A Guide for Students
Race, P. 2007. How to Get a Good Degree: Making the Most of Your Time at University
Rowntree, R. 1998. Learn How to Study

English Language

If English is not your first language and you wish to improve or are having problems, consult the Centre for English Language Teacher Education. View a list of the in-sessional courses that are provided at:

You can attend these courses even if you have already taken the pre-sessional courses. Please note that approved bilingual dictionaries are now allowed in University examinations (see page 31 for more information). I wish you all a rewarding and successful time studying in the Department of Economics.

Roberto Pancrazi
Diploma Course Director
Department of Economics
University of Warwick