Economics and Mathematics BSc (Hons)

4 years including combined placement and study year abroad, starting in September 2018

Achieve a grounding in economic theory while learning the statistical means for the analysis of economic data.

This course is for those that want an understanding of the tools and key theories within economics and mathematics. You’ll study the core elements of economics, including microeconomic theory, macroeconomic theory and econometrics.

You will develop methodological and statistical tools for the analysis of complex data. Throughout your studies, you will be immersed in a wide variety of quantitative topics. This will enable you to develop and apply your advanced mathematical skills.

The first year has a mathematical focus to develop your theoretical skills.

In Year 2 you’ll further your knowledge of economics from this foundation in the first year.

In the final year, you will study advanced economic theory. A selection of optional units will enable you to tailor your studies.

By the end of the course, you’ll be able to understand the complexities of global economic problems and data.

You’ll learn from academics with expertise across the breadth of economics. Their international collaborations and research activities feed into undergraduate teaching and contribute to your learning experience.

Our computer network enables you to access the up-to-the-minute data on economics. You will use the latest economics based software to improve your ability to conduct analysis.

Our economics graduates are very successful in today’s competitive labour market. They pursue a range of careers in both the private and public sectors.

Many of our graduates work as economists, financial or business analysts, researchers, accountants and tax professionals. They have worked for organisations such as:

  • Deloitte
  • Google
  • Bank of England
  • Morgan Stanley
  • AXA

Find out what our graduates go on to do.

Course structure

This course lasts 4 years. It starts in September 2018 and ends in 2022. Induction week starts on 24 September 2018.

Occasionally we make changes to our programmes in response to, for example, feedback from students, developments in research and the field of studies, and the requirements of accrediting bodies. You will be advised of any significant changes to the advertised programme, in accordance with our Terms and Conditions.

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Combined placement and year abroad
  • Year 4

Units

As part of your course, you will take compulsory units covering key concepts. You may also be able to take optional units which assist you in developing your own interests.

You need to take 60 credits in each year of your course (usually split equally into 30 credits for each semester), so the number of optional units you can take depends on the number of compulsory units in each year of the course.

Six credits are the equivalent of at least 120 hours of study, including contact time with staff and independent study.

Compulsory course units

These compulsory units are currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new units.

Placement

The placement is an opportunity for you to gain practical experience in the use of economics. You’ll develop skills such as teamwork, planning, problem solving, decision making and project management. Employers place a high value on the placement as they are keen to recruit graduates who have professional experience in the workplace.

You will benefit from our excellent and long-standing links with the financial sector, industry, government and international organisations. These have been developed through the placement schemes and research activities of the Department of Economics and the Department of Mathematical Sciences.

Placement opportunities may not be guaranteed. Read more about placements or view an overview video.

Year abroad

You will have the opportunity to study abroad at an approved highly ranked partner institution. You could combine study abroad with an international work placement. This opportunity will enhance your skills and prepare you for employment in the competitive global graduate market. The study abroad option is currently available in Singapore, Hong Kong and South Africa and we seek to expand these. Study abroad opportunities are limited and are subject to availability at our partner institutions.

Learning and assessment

Learning

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials
  • Workshops

Assessment

  • Coursework
  • Dissertation
  • Multiple choice examination
  • Written examination

Typical assessment breakdown

This average assessment breakdown is based on a typical choice of optional units. Your specific unit choices will determine the actual breakdown of assessment methods that you will experience.

% written exam % practical exam % coursework
Year Written Exam Practical Exam Coursework
Year 1 79% 0% 21%
Year 2 75% 0% 25%
Year 3 0% 0% 100%
Year 4 89% 0% 11%

Typical contact time breakdown

This average contact time breakdown is based on a typical choice of optional units. Scheduled learning and teaching may include: lectures, seminars, tutorials and workshops. Your optional unit choices will determine your actual personal contact hours.

% time in scheduled learning and teaching % time in independent study % time in placement/year abroad
Year Scheduled Independent Placement
Year 1 34% 66% 0%
Year 2 25% 75% 0%
Year 3 0% 0% 100%
Year 4 24% 76% 0%
“One of the biggest things that surprised me when I came to the University of Bath was definitely the teaching style.”
Joan Green

BSc (hons) Economics and Mathematics (2015)

Entry requirements

Your application, especially your personal statement, should demonstrate your enthusiasm for your chosen degree. This might include relevant reading, involvement in political or debating societies, relevant topics from your current studies that particularly interest you, other extra-curricular or co-curricular activities, work experience or activism for a political party or an NGO.

You do not need to have studied Economics or Business before to be suitable for this course. Strong performance in Mathematics is essential, both in your entry qualifications and any previous study.

We also recommend you consider taking a STEP exam , as this can provide excellent preparation for studying university level Mathematics. If you are taking both Mathematics and Further Mathematics at A level any offer will include an alternative condition that includes a STEP grade (or the GCE Advanced Extension Award). Depending on your qualifications STEP may be entirely optional (for example, if you take the International Baccalaureate Diploma) or compulsory (for example, APs).

Qualifications

Select the country where your qualification comes from.

United Kingdom qualifications

Typical offer A level

A*AA

A*A in Mathematics and Further Mathematics plus either A in a third A level or B in a third A level plus grade 2 in any STEP or Merit in the GCE AEA in Mathematics.

If you are studying A levels we strongly prefer that you take a full A level in Further Mathematics. Alternative offers are available if you have only studied Further Mathematics at AS level or have not studied it at all. We do not accept A levels in General Studies. If you are taking a GCE A level in a science subject, you will need to pass any separate science practical endorsement.

Alternative offer A level

A*AA plus AS Further Maths

A*AA including A* in Mathematics plus A in AS Level Further Mathematics plus grade 2 in any STEP or Merit in the GCE AEA in Mathematics

Alternative offer A level

A*A*A

A*A*A including A* in Mathematics (with A in each module) and A in a second scientific or quantitative subject plus grade 2 in any STEP or Merit in the GCE AEA in Mathematics

Typical offer International Baccalaureate Diploma

36 points

36 points overall and 7, 6, 6 in three Higher Level subjects including 6 in Mathematics or 7, 6, 5 in 3 Higher Level subjects including 7 in Mathematics.

Typical offer BTEC

Unfortunately BTEC Level 3 Extended Diplomas (QCF)/ BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (RQF) are not a suitable route for this course.

See the ‘Combinations of qualifications’ section for information about combinations of A level and BTEC qualifications that we can consider.

Typical offer Cambridge Pre-U

D2, D3, D3

D2, D3 in Mathematics and Further Mathematics plus either D3 in a third principle subject or M1 in a third principle subject plus grade 2 in any STEP or Merit in the GCE AEA in Mathematics.

Typical offer Scottish Highers

AA in Advanced Highers

AA in two Advanced Highers including Mathematics plus AAAAA in five Scottish Highers.

Typical offer Access to HE Diploma

Unfortunately, the Access to HE Diploma is not a suitable route for this course. You may wish to consider our BSc Economics degree.

Typical offer Combinations of qualifications

Your application will be considered individually based on the particular combination of qualifications and subjects that you are taking.

We can consider combinations of accepted qualifications, such as A levels and a BTEC.

We may be able to consider combinations of qualifications that include only an AS level in Further Mathematics or without Further Mathematics. You will likely be required to obtain a grade 2 in any STEP or Merit in the GCE AEA in Mathematics. Please contact us at admissions@bath.ac.uk to discuss your profile.

  • A*A in A level Mathematics and Further Mathematics, plus D in the BTEC Subsidiary Diploma (QCF)/National Extended Certificate (RQF) OR the Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma (QCF)/Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate (RQF)
  • A*A in two A level subjects plus grade D3 in a Pre-U Principal Subject including Mathematics and Further Mathematics
  • A*A in A level Mathematics and Further Mathematics, plus A in the IFS Diploma in Financial Studies

We can also consider combinations that are not listed and that do not include A levels. You should read the information about essential and preferred subjects and subject combinations. We cannot consider different qualifications in the same subject area.

Ireland qualifications

Irish Leaving Certificate

H1, H1, H1, H2, H2, H3 in 6 Irish Leaving Certificates with H1 in Mathematics plus grade 2 in any STEP.

Hong Kong qualifications

Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education

555 in 3 elective subjects plus 5* in Core Mathematics and 5* the Algebra and Calculus extended paper plus grade 2 in any STEP.

France qualifications

French Baccalaureate

16 overall with 17 in Mathematics plus grade 2 in any STEP.

Option Internationale du Baccalaureat (OIB)

15 overall with 17 in Mathematics plus grade 2 in any STEP.

European Baccalaureate qualifications

European Baccalaureate

85% overall with 9.0 in Mathematics plus either 9.0 in Advanced Mathematics or grade 2 in any STEP.

India qualifications

Higher Secondary School Certificate (12th Standard)

Average of 85% across 4 subjects with 90% in Mathematics.

We do not accept Physical Education as one of these 4 subjects.

These requirements are for the CBSE, HSSC and ISC boards. Please contact us if you are taking this qualification with a different board.

United States of America qualifications

Advanced Placement Tests

5, 5, 5 in 3 APs including Calculus BC plus grade 2 in any STEP.

We cannot consider Calculus AB as one of these 3 subjects.

You will also need to pass your High School Diploma and achieve an ACT score of 30 or SATR scores of 740 in both Mathematics and Evidence based Reading and Writing.

SAT Subject Tests

We do not accept SAT Subject Tests for direct entry to our degrees.

Singapore qualifications

Singapore A levels

AAA in 3 H2 subjects including A in Mathematics plus either A in a H3 mathematics subject or grade 2 in any STEP.

Polytechnic Diploma (3 years)

We are unable to accept a Polytechnic Diploma for this degree. You may wish to consider BSc Economics instead.

Turkey qualifications

Lise Bitirme Diplomasi

CGPA of 85% with 85% in Mathematics from the final year plus grade 2 in any STEP.

Greece qualifications

Apolytirion

19 in the Apolytirion with 19 in Maths plus A* in A level Mathematics and A in Further Mathematics.

We strongly prefer applicants who have studied A level Further Mathematics. You may also be considered if you have only studied Mathematics, and the typical offer is:

19 in the Apolytirion with 19 in Mathematics plus A* in A level Mathematics and A in a second A level plus 2 in any STEP.

We cannot accept the Apolytirion unless it is studied alongside A levels. We do not accept Pan Hellenic examinations in place of an A level.

Cyprus qualifications

Apolytirion

19 in the Apolytirion with 19 in Maths plus A* in A level Mathematics and A in Further Mathematics.

We strongly prefer applicants who have studied A level Further Mathematics. You may also be considered if you have only studied Mathematics, and the typical offer is:

19 in the Apolytirion with 19 in Mathematics plus A* in A level Mathematics and A in a second A level plus 2 in any STEP.

We cannot accept the Apolytirion unless it is studied alongside A levels.

Spain qualifications

Titulo de Bachiller

A score of 9 overall with 9 in Mathematics plus grade 2 in any STEP.

Germany qualifications

Abitur

1.3 overall with 14 in Mathematics in your final examinations plus grade 2 in any STEP.

Mathematics must be studied as an intensive course (erhoehtes Anforderungsniveau or Leistungskurz), where applicable.

Fees and funding

Payment options

You can pay your tuition fees by Direct Debit, debit card, credit card, cheque, bank transfer or cash. You may also be eligible for a student loan to help you pay your fees.

Read more about your payment options.

Fees

Your tuition fees and how you pay them will depend on whether you are a Home, EU, Island or Overseas student.

Learn how we decide fee status

Tuition fees

See the most recent fees for undergraduate courses.

Placement fees

Placement fees vary

You will normally pay a reduced tuition fee while on a placement period or studying abroad. Find out more about placement fees and study abroad fees.

Budgeting

You will need to budget at least £100 for the cost of photocopying, printing and binding. You will also need to budget for the cost of text books.

Some courses involve visits away from campus and you may be required to pay some or all of the costs of travel, accommodation and food and drink.

If you’re on a placement, you’re responsible for your own travel, accommodation and living costs. You should also consider the financial implications if you go on an unpaid or overseas placement.

Application information

  • Course title
    Economics and Mathematics
  • Final award
    BSc (Hons)
  • Mode of study
    Full-time
  • Course code
    L107
  • Institution code
    B16
  • UK/EU application deadline
    15 January 2018
  • Overseas deadline
    15 January 2018
  • Application eligibility
    UK and Overseas students are eligible to apply

Course enquiries

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+441225383019

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