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.

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


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.


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


  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials
  • Workshops


  • Coursework
  • Dissertation
  • Multiple choice examination
  • Written examination

Contact time with staff

In your first year, you should expect to spend 35% of your time in a lecture or seminar setting and 65% of your time in independent study. Your unit option choices will determine your future contact hours.

Find out more about contact time with staff
“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. If you are studying A levels we strongly prefer that you take a full A level in Further Mathematics, which forms part of our typical offer. Offers are available for applicants who have only studied Further Mathematics at AS level or have not studied it at all.

As this degree includes a high level of advanced mathematics, 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, STEP any offer will include an alternative condition that includes a STEP grade (or the GCE Advanced Extension Award). For applicants taking some qualifications (such as the International Baccalaureate), STEP may be entirely optional. For others STEP may be required.

If you are taking A levels, we may be unable to consider an A level in your own language (unless it is English or Welsh). 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.


Select the country where your qualification comes from.

United Kingdom qualifications

Typical offer A level


A*AA including:

  • 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

Alternative offer A level


For applicants with AS Further Maths only:
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

For applicants with A level Mathematics only:
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 offers for other qualifications

International Baccalaureate

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.

Access to HE Diploma

Unfortunately, Access to HE Diplomas are not a suitable route for this course. You are welcome to apply for our Economics course.


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.

Cambridge Pre-U

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

Scottish Highers

Typical offer:
AA in Advanced Highers including Mathematics plus AAAAA in Scottish Highers.

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 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 if they are in the same subject area.

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.


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.


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
  • Course code
  • Institution code
  • UK/EU application deadline
    15 January 2018
  • Overseas deadline
    15 January 2018
  • Application eligibility
    UK and Overseas students are eligible to apply

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