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BSc (Hons) Economics and Mathematics

Understand market futures — study the future of markets

2018/19 entry

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3 years full-time (plus optional placement year)

Typical offer

AAA including A in Mathematics (full entry requirements)

Start date

September 2018 (term dates)

UK/EU fees

£9,250 per year (2018/19)

International fees

£16,620 per year (2018/19)

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Economics is becoming more mathematical and now requires highly technical tools.

This maths and economics degree is a toolbox you'll apply to solving economic problems.


Progress to postgraduate study

Around a third of our students go on to postgraduate study, many here at York.

Double the insight

Benefit from the expertise of two internationally-recognised departments.

Being able to study maths alongside one of the most important fields it is applied in, economics, in one of the most beautiful cities in the world, is fantastic.
Jordan, Economics and Mathematics (BSc)

Course content

Economists build mathematical models to decipher patterns, predict future developments and recommend strategies. You'll have the opportunity to learn about these in real-life situations, and discuss their application.

Study abroad

There are a number of Study Abroad options at York. Here are some opportunities related to this course:

Year 1

We'll establish your base in mathematics, then prepare you to learn some principles of economics in your first year.

Mathematics modules

Economics modules

  • Economics 1 — Introduce the concepts of production and distribution on local, national and international levels.
  • Economic Data Analysis — Learn the data used to determine official surveys and statistics.

Academic integrity module

In addition to the above you will also need to complete our online Academic Integrity module.

Year 2

Your second year will develop a stronger understanding of economic principles. You'll also take optional Mathematics modules and optional Economics modules.

Mathematics modules

  • Linear Algebra — An introduction to vector spaces and linear mappings between them.
  • Vector Calculus — Deepen your understanding of calculus and learn about scalar and vector fields in two and three dimensions.
  • Probability and Statistics — Get a thorough grounding in statistical techniques and methodologies for solving and analysing a range of practical problems. 

Economics modules

Year 3

Your final year will focus on advanced economics, mathematics and preparing you for your career.

You will choose half your modules from certain ones in the Economics department and half from certain modules in the Mathematics department. 

Please note, modules may change to reflect the latest academic thinking and expertise of our staff.

Learning by design

Every course at York has been designed to provide clear and ambitious learning outcomes. These learning outcomes give you an understanding of what you will be able to do at the end of the course. We develop each course by designing modules that grow your abilities towards the learning outcomes and help you to explain what you can offer to employers. Find out more about our approach to teaching and learning.

Students who complete this course will be able to:

  • confidently identify those problems that can be analysed by standard mathematical techniques, and those situations in society where economic principles can provide insight, and be able to apply those techniques and principles successfully. 
  • recognise when an unfamiliar problem is open to pure mathematical investigation and/or mathematical modelling, and be able to adapt and/or synthesise a range of mathematical approaches (including abstraction or numerical approximation) to investigate the problem. 
  • deploy the methods of logical and mathematical reasoning used by economists, especially within formal models, with an understanding of the purpose and scope of such models. 
  • use logical reasoning to critically analyse statements, arguments or conjectures made by others, and be able to justify the mathematical principles they choose for such a critique. 
  • use statistical, econometric and computer-based techniques for analysing data, in applying and testing economic models or in economic and financial forecasting. 
  • engage with, and draw on, academic and professional research in Economics, with an ability to distinguish different themes within it, and to synthesise ideas from it. 
  • analyse and critically evaluate economic policies, of government and/or other institutions.
  • communicate complex mathematical and economic ideas clearly, at a level appropriate for the intended audience, and also be able to present an effective summary of these ideas for non-experts.

Fees and funding

Annual tuition fees

UK/EU International
£9,250 £16,620

UK/EU or international fees? The level of fee that you will be asked to pay depends on whether you're classed as a UK, EU or international student.

Fees for subsequent years

  • UK/EU: further increases within the government fee cap will apply in subsequent academic years. We will notify you of any increase as soon as we can.
  • International: fees for international students are subject to annual increases. Increases are currently capped at 2% per annum.

More information

For more information about tuition fees, any reduced fees for study abroad and work placement years, scholarships, tuition fee loans, maintenance loans and living costs see undergraduate fees and funding.


We offer a number of scholarships to help cover tuition fees and living costs.

Home/EU students

International students

Department of Economics

Nigel Thompson Memorial Scholarships are worth £3,000 each year to talented students from families of lower income.

Department of Mathematics

Annie Curry Williamson Scholarships are worth £1,500 each year to talented students from families of lower income. Scholarships are awarded on a combination of academic potential and financial need.

Scholarships for students paying overseas fees are worth £500 to students paying fees at the overseas rate, providing you achieve AAA at A level in appropriate subjects. Equivalent qualifications will be considered.

Living costs

You can use our living costs guide to help plan your budget. It covers accommodation costs and estimated social costs.

Teaching and assessment

You’ll work with world‐leading academics who’ll challenge you to think independently and excel in all that you do. Our approach to teaching will provide you with the knowledge, opportunities, and support you need to grow and succeed in a global workplace. Find out more about our approach to teaching and learning.

Teaching format

Lectures and seminars are the main mode of teaching. Some modules have practical computer classes. All modules are supported by extensive online material, including a discussion forum.

  • Small group tutorials of 8-10 discuss core lecture ideas, but also teach skills needed for employment after graduation.
  • Small group seminars support modules through your first and second year, along with problems classes.
  • Your third-year lectures are usually smaller and usually include weekly seminars or problems classes.

Overall workload

As a guide, students on this course typically spend their time as follows:

Year 1Year 2Year 3
Lectures and seminars288 hours288 hours276 hours

The figures above are based on data from 2016/17.

The rest of your time on the course will be spent on independent study. This may include preparation for lectures and seminars, follow-up work, wider reading, practice completion of assessment tasks, or revision. Everyone learns at a different rate, so the number of hours will vary from person to person. In UK higher education the expectation is that full-time students will spend 1200 hours a year learning.

Teaching location

You will be based in the Department of Mathematics on Campus West. Your teaching will take place in a variety of locations on Campus West.

Course location

Our beautiful green campus offers a student-friendly setting in which to live and study, within easy reach of the action in the city centre. It's easy to get around campus - everything is within walking or pedalling distance, or you can always use the fast and frequent bus service.

Assessment and feedback

Your assessments will mainly be examinations and regular homework.

  • Feedback may be in written form, via model answers, or through discussions in class or in online forums.
  • Your final project allows you to specialise in an area that interests you. Don't be afraid to be creative.

Percentage of the course typically assessed by coursework and exams

Year 1Year 2Year 3
Written exams91%95%100%
Practical exams4%0%0%

The figures above are based on data from 2016/17.

Careers and skills

Our maths and economics degree graduates are in great demand by many employers, who value skills that you'll develop with your degree.

Career opportunities

  • Banking and financial services
  • Computing and IT
  • Law
  • Accountancy and actuarial work
  • Public administration
  • Logistics
  • Hospitality and sales

Transferable skills

  • Complex problem solving
  • Pattern recognition
  • Critical and analytical thinking
  • Communication skills

Entry requirements

Qualification Grade
A levels

AAA in three A levels, including Mathematics.
We accept either Economics or Business Studies, but not both.
We do not accept Modern Foreign Languages taken by native speakers.

Cambridge Pre-U D3, D3, M2 in three principal subjects, including Mathematics.
European Baccalaureate 80% average, including 85% in Mathematics.
International Baccalaureate 36 points, including HL6 in Mathematics
Irish leaving Certificate AAAABB, including A1 in Mathematics
Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers AAAAB, including A in Mathematics.

English language

  • IELTS: 6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 in each component
  • Pearson: 61, with a minimum of 55 in each component
  • CAE and CPE (taken from January 2015): 176, with a minimum of 169 each component
  • TOEFL: 87 overall, with a minimum of 21 in Listening, 21 in Reading, 21 in Speaking, 21 in Writing
  • Trinity ISE III: Merit in all components


To apply to York, you will need to complete an online application via UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service).

Accepted applicants will be invited to visit between November and April, to meet our current students and staff.

Next steps

Contact us

Contact our admissions team if you have any questions

Dr Chris Wood, Dr Brent Everitt and Heather Cork

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Department of Economics and Related Studies, Department of Mathematics

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