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Economics and Mathematics (BSc)

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LG11AAB including A in Mathematics (See full entry requirements)3 years full-time
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Explicit modelling and understanding of the interactions within economies nowadays requires highly technical tools: economics is becoming an increasingly mathematical subject. This degree equips the student with an economically-relevant mathematical toolbox and applies it to solving problems in Economics.

York offers:

  • Wide variety of modules 
  • Emphasis on small-group teaching
  • Transferable skills developed throughout the degree

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Why study Economics and Maths?

Mathematics is a useful language in which the theories of economics may be developed in the most rigorous way, and it provides methodogical and statistical tools for the critical analysis of data; Economics offers many convenient examples to illustrate advances in mathematical theory and applications. This degree is aimed at students planning to do technical work, such as designing analytical economic models and drawing from them conclusions, predictions and policy recommendations.


Why study at York?

Economics and Mathematics are natually and effectively combined into this truly interdisciplinary degree.

You will have the opportunity to learn a broad range of mathematical ideas and structures, from pure mathematics, applied mathematics, statistics, numerical and computational mathematics, and mathematical finance, and the fundamental concepts and principles of economics and finance.

Economists use these tools to build models to describe and interpret real situations for relevant economics agents (individuals, firms, communities), and to predict future economic developments, and to recommend effective strategies or policies for these economics agents. You will have the opportunity to learn some of these models, and discuss the application in relevant economic situations and to current issues in economic policy.

The programme has flexibility in the choice of optional modules, allowing you to choose more Economics or more Maths modules, depending on your interests.

At York we place particular emphasis on small group teaching and a friendly atmosphere.  Our comprehensive tutorial system gives extensive support to first year students.

About 40 mathematicians and 50 economists are engaged in teaching, and are also active in developing the subject through leading international and interdisciplinary research.   Thus we are able to offer a wide range of final year options, which are taught and supervised by enthusiastic lecturers involved in the latest developments of their subject.

Transferable skills are developed during the entire degree programme.  Tutorials encourage logical and analytical thinking, and help develop your ability to read books and papers critically, and to write clearly and concisely.

Course content

First Year

You take two 30 credit modules that run during the entire teaching year:

and one 20 credit module in the Autumn term:

Altogether you obtain 80 credits in Mathematics.

In the Economics Department you take

  • Economics 1 (20 credits)
  • Economic Data Analysis (20 credits)

Altogether you obtain 40 credits in Economics

Details of these modules can be found on the Economics Department website.

Second Year

In the Department of Mathematics you take Linear Algebra MAT00008I (20 credits) during the Spring/Summer Term.

In addition you choose 40 credits of optional modules from the remaining 2nd year modules. Altogether you obtain 60 credits in Mathematics.

In the Department of Economics you take the following over the entire year:

  • Microeconomics 2 ECO00001I (20 credits)
  • Marcoeconomics 2 ECO00002I (20 credits)

In addition you choose 20 credits of optional Economics modules from the table below

  • Econometrics for Economists ECO00003I (20 credits), Autumn/Spring/Summer Term
  • Financial Economics and Capital Markets ECO00004I (20 credits), Spring/Summer Term
  • Development Economics ECO00006I (20 credits), Spring/Summer Term
  • Origins of the British Industrial Revolution ECO00007I (20 credits), Spring/Summer Term
  • Introduction to Accountancy ECO00008I (10 credits), Autumn Term
  • Cost Benefit Analysis ECO00009I (10 credits), Autumn Term
  • Dynamic Modelling ECO00012I (10 credits), Autumn Term
  • Intro to Experimental Economics ECO00014I (10 credits), Autumn Term
  • Economics of Population ECO00015I (10 credits), Spring/Summer  Term
  • Commodity Markets ECO00017I (10 credits), Spring/Summer

Details of these modules can be found on the Economics Department website.  Altogether you obtain 60 credits in Economics 

Third year

In the Economics Department you take:

  • Microeconomics 3 ECO00001H (20 credits)
  • Macroeconomics 3 ECO00002H (20 credits)

The remaining 80 credits of the year are made up from optional modules, of which at least 40 credits must be Mathematics modules. You may choose from most of the Mathematics modules in the 3rd year module table.

The optional Economics modules may be taken from the following list

  • Applied Economics ECO00003H (20 credits), Autumn/Spring/Summer Term
  • Economics of Social Policy ECO00004H (20 credits), Autumn/Spring/Summer Term
  • Labour Economics ECO00005H (20 credits), Autumn/Spring/Summer Term
  • Health Economics ECO00006H (20 credits), Autumn/Spring Term
  • Mathematical Economics ECO00007H (20 credits), Autumn/Spring/Summer Term
  • Industrial Economics ECO00008H (20 credits), Autumn/Spring Term
  • International Economics ECO00009H (20 credits), Autumn/Spring/Summer Term
  • Monetary Economics ECO00010H (20 credits), Autumn/Spring/Summer Term
  • Alternative Perspectives in Economics ECO00011H (20 credits), Autumn/Spring/Summer Term
  • Structure & Regulations of Financial Markets ECO00013H (20 credits), Autumn/Spring/Summer Term
  • Economics Project ECO00016H (20 credits), Autumn/Spring/Summer Term – module begins in the Summer Term of your Second Year
  • International Economic Growth and Development ECO00019H (20 credits), Spring/Summer Term
  • Introduction to Time Series ECO00020H (10 credits), Autumn Term
  • Financial Econometrics ECO00021H (10 credits), Spring/Summer Term

Details of these modules can be found on the Economics Department website.  Altogether you obtain 120 credits across both subjects





Economics and maths graduates are in great demand by a wide range of employers, who value the skills developed over the course of the degree. The ability to communicate and solve complex problems and critically analyse information in a logical way are all much sought after from organisations in both the public and private sectors. While a number of economics and maths graduates choose to pursue careers in research and teaching, over 70% of our most recent graduates have gone on to a range of careers including:

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

Six months after graduation, 91% of University of York Maths graduates are employed or in further study. More information can be found at the University's careers pages where you can also see profiles of recent graduates


Edited 13 Dec 2013 - 15:43 by sbc502

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