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Overview Understand market futures — study the future of markets

UCAS code


Typical offer

AAA including A in Mathematics (full entry requirements)


3 years full-time

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.

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 What you’ll study


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.

Full module descriptions can be found on the following pages:

Year 1

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

Mathematics modules

  • Calculus — A cultural transition to the rigorous development of University maths.
  • Core Algebra — Understand and manipulate functions, complex numbers, vectors and matrices.
  • Introduction to Probability and Statistics —Learn the mathematical underpinning of today's data-driven society.

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. This covers some of the essential skills and knowledge which will help you to study independently and produce work of a high academic standard which is vital for success at York.

This module will:

  • define academic integrity and academic misconduct
  • explain why and when you should reference source material and other people's work
  • provide interactive exercises to help you to assess whether you've understood the concepts
  • provide answers to FAQs and links to useful resources.

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.

Economics Modules

  • Microeconomics 2 — Focus on small-scale economics at local and national levels.
  • Macroeconomics 2 — Focus on the policies that shape international markets.

Year 3

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

  • Microeconomics 3 — Exploring microeconomics on a problem-solving level.
  • Macroeconomics 3 — Exploring macroeconomics on a problem-solving level.
  • You'll also take optional modules. A set number of modules must be from the Mathematics department.

Study abroad

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

Teaching and assessment How you’ll be taught and assessed

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 weekly seminars support non-core modules through your first and second year.
  • Your third-year lectures are usually smaller and usually include weekly seminars or problem classes.


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.

Careers Where you’ll go from here

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

Six months after graduation around 90 per cent of University of York Maths graduates are employed or in further study.

Entry requirements How to get here

Course entry

All applications must be made through UCAS. Accepted applicants will be invited to visit between November and April, to meet our current students and staff.

A-levels and GCSEs

AAA in three A levels, including Mathematics.

  • Like many Economics departments, York accepts either A level Economics or Business Studies, but not both.
  • The department accepts all A level subjects, with the exception of Modern Foreign Languages taken by native speakers.

Other UK qualifications

Cambridge Pre-U

D3, D3, M2 in three principal subjects, including Mathematics.

Scottish Highers

AAAAB, including A in Mathematics.

International options

International Baccalaureate

36 points, including HL6 in Mathematics.

Irish Leaving Certificate

AAAABB, including A1 in Mathematics.

European Baccalaureate

80 per cent average, including 85 per cent in Mathematics.

Country-specific information

Country-specific information about accepted qualifications and equivalent grades may be available. 

English language

Our English language requirements for overseas applicants can be found in the Entry Requirements to York.

Unistats for this course

Enquire Contact our admissions tutor if you have any questions

Dr Chris Wood, Dr Brent Everitt and Heather Cork

Dr Chris Wood, Dr Brent Everitt and Heather Cork