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BSc (Hons) Economics and Mathematics

Understand market futures — study the future of markets

Year of entry: 2022/23

UCAS code

LG11

Institution code

Y50

Length

3 years full-time (plus optional placement year)

UK (home) fees

£9,250 per year

International and EU fees

£19,600 per year

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

This degree in maths and economics will allow you to develop your mathematical knowledge while also giving you an understanding of economic theory. 

Double the insight

Benefit from the expertise of two internationally-recognised departments.

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 opportunities for you to spend time abroad during your 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

You will take core modules which may include:

Economics modules

You will take core modules which may include:

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 consist of core modules spread across the Department of Mathematics and Department of Economics and Related Studies.

Mathematics modules

You will take core modules which may include:

Economics modules

You will take core modules which may include:

Year 3

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

You will take half your modules from the Department of Economics and half from the Department of Mathematics. 

Economics

You will take a selection of option modules, examples of which may include:

Mathematics

You will take a selection of option modules, examples of which may include:

Some combinations of modules are not permitted. 

Our modules may change to reflect the latest academic thinking and expertise of our staff.
Our course structures are changing in September 2023. Find out more about how this course may be affected.

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

The fees and funding figures below are for 2022/23 entry. If you take a year abroad or year in industry you'll pay a reduced rate of fees for that year

Annual tuition fees

UK (home) International and EU
£9,250 £19,600

UK (home) or international fees? The level of fee that you will be asked to pay depends on whether you're classed as a UK (home) or international student. Check your fee status

Fees for subsequent years

  • UK (home): 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 and EU students are subject to annual increases. Increases are currently capped at two per cent each year.

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.

Additional costs

Type Amount
Textbooks Optional additional expense £250
Printing, photocopying and dissertation binding Included in course fees £200

Funding

We'll confirm more funding opportunities for students joining us in 2022/23 throughout the year.

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.

Living costs

You can use our living costs guide to help plan your budget. It covers additional costs that are not included in your tuition fee such as expenses for accommodation and study materials.

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Our University of the Year nomination

Teaching and assessment

You’ll study and learn with academics who are active researchers, experts in their field and have a passion for their subjects. 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.

Timetabled activities

In your first year, you can expect:

Lectures10-13 hours per week
Tutorials0-1 hours per week
Problem classes1 hour per week
Workshops8 hours
Practicals1 hour per week

These figures are based on an average student in an average week. Your contact hours will vary throughout the year due to your module choices, non-compulsory classes, exam periods and changes to scheduled activities.

Outside your timetabled hours, you'll study independently. This may include preparation for classes, follow-up work, wider reading, practice completion of assessment tasks, or revision.

In the UK, full-time students are expected to spend 1,200 hours a year learning. That's about 40 hours of classes and independent study each week during term time. Everyone learns at a different rate, so the number of hours you spend on independent study will be different to other students on your course.

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.

About our campus

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%
Coursework5%5%0%
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

Typical offer
A levels

AAA including Mathematics

Cambridge Pre-U D3, D3, D3 including Mathematics
European Baccalaureate 80% average, including 85% in Mathematics.
International Baccalaureate 36 points, including HL6 in Mathematics
International foundation programme Foundation Certificate from our International Pathway College or an appropriate alternative.
Other international qualifications Equivalent qualifications from your country

Alternative offers

Meeting the following additional criteria may qualify you for an alternative offer.

Criteria Adjustment
Widening participation If you successfully complete one of the following programmes, you may be eligible for an alternative offer up to three A level grades (or equivalent) below our typical offer: Next Step York, Realising Opportunities, YESS. More about widening participation.
Contextual offers If you have experience of local authority care or live in an area with low progression to university, you may be eligible for an alternative offer up to two A level grades (or equivalent) below our typical offer. More about contextual offers.
EPQ We recognise the value of this qualification although it will not be included as a condition of entry. It may be taken into consideration when you receive your results.

English language

If English isn't your first language you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. We accept the following qualifications:

Minimum requirement
IELTS 6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 in each component
C1 Advanced and C2 Proficiency 176, with a minimum of 169 in each component
Duolingo 110 overall, with a minimum of 100 in each component
GCSE/IGCSE/O level English Language (as a first or second language) Grade C
LanguageCert International ESOL SELT B2 Communicator High Pass with a minimum score of 33/50 in each component
PTE Academic 61, with a minimum of 55 in each component
TOEFL 87 overall, with a minimum of 21 in each component
Trinity ISE III Merit in all components

For more information see our undergraduate English language requirements.

If you've not met our English language requirements

You may be eligible for one of our pre-sessional English language courses. These courses will provide you with the level of English needed to meet the conditions of your offer.

The length of course you need to take depends on your current English language test scores and how much you need to improve to reach our English language requirements.

After you've accepted your offer to study at York, we'll confirm which pre-sessional course you should apply to via You@York.

Applying

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

Get in touch if you have any questions

Dr Kasia Rejzner, Dr Graeme Wilkin and Heather Cork

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Department of Economics and Related Studies, Department of Mathematics

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