Economics and Mathematics BSc

Year of entry

Register your interest for Open Days 2024

Bookings for our 2024 Open Days are not open, but you can sign up to be informed once dates are announced. Register your interest

UCAS code
GL11
Start date
September 2024
Delivery type
On campus
Duration
3 years full time
Work placement
Optional
Study abroad
Optional
Typical A-level offer
AAA/A*AB (specific subject requirements)
Typical Access to Leeds offer
ABB
Full entry requirements

Course overview

Mathematics and Statistics MMath

Mathematics is key to solving economic problems. The ongoing drive for economic efficiency, as well as the increasing importance of technology and big data, means that mathematics continues to have a significant impact on how the world works. Demand for an in-depth economics perspective backed-up with mathematics skills comes from multiple sectors – from business and technology to finance and IT – and the career options available are varied.

Studying Economics and Mathematics at Leeds will give you firm foundations in the theory and applications of mathematics and economics. You’ll gain an in-depth understanding of micro and macroeconomics. You’ll get to grips with core concepts such as supply and demand, as well as developing your skills in econometrics. And your mathematics learning will give you a solid grounding in algebra, calculus, probability, statistics and more.

Here at Leeds, we understand the importance economics and mathematics have in everyday life, which is why we have one of the largest mathematics research departments in the UK and our courses are shaped by the latest thinking. This course is delivered jointly by the School of Mathematics and the Leeds University Business School, equipping you with the relevant knowledge, skills and experience you need to begin your career.

Why study at Leeds:

  • Our School’s globally-renowned research feeds into the course, shaping your learning with the latest thinking in areas such as financial mathematics, economics, probability and modern applied statistics.
  • Learn from expert academics and researchers who specialise in a variety of mathematics and economics areas.
  • Academic staff provide you with regular feedback and advice throughout your degree, with small tutorial groups supporting the teaching in the first year.
  • Access excellent facilities and computing equipment, complemented by social areas, communal problem-solving spaces and quiet study rooms.
  • Broaden your experience and enhance your career prospects with our industrial placement opportunities or study abroad programmes.
  • Make the most of your time at Leeds by joining our student society MathSoc where you can meet more of your peers, enjoy social events and join the MathSoc football or netball team.

View this video on YouKu.

Accreditation

Accreditation is the assurance that a university course meets the quality standards established by the profession for which it prepares its students.

The School of Mathematics at Leeds has a successful history of delivering courses accredited by the Royal Statistical Society (RSS). This means our mathematics courses have consistently met the quality standards set by the RSS.

As we are reviewing our curriculum, we are currently seeking reaccreditation from the RSS.

Course details

We are currently reviewing our curriculum as part of a university-wide process. As a result, we are unable to publish full module information for this course at this time. The information below provides an overview of what you’ll study and our approach to teaching and assessment. The list shown below represents typical module/components studied in year 1 and may change from time to time. Years 2 and 3 will be available soon. Read more in our terms and conditions.

This content was last updated on 14 December 2023.

This course will provide you with an integrated programme of economics, mathematics and statistics. Your time will be divided between modules from economics and mathematics. You’ll enjoy a great deal of independence in shaping your studies from a wide range of advanced topics in both subjects, including statistics, financial mathematics and micro/macro-economics.

Each academic year, you'll take a total of 120 credits.

Year 1

In your first year, you’ll study key topics in mathematics, statistics and economics. You’ll gain a solid foundation on which you’ll build more specialist knowledge in subsequent years. Topics include core mathematics and statistics as well as economic theory.

Modules

Core Mathematics – 40 credits

This module introduces you to the fundamental topics in mathematics. You’ll learn the foundational concepts of function, number and proof, equipping you with the language and skills to tackle your mathematical studies. The module also consolidates basic calculus, extending it to more advanced techniques, such as functions of several variables. These techniques lead to methods for solving simple ordinary differential equations. Linear algebra provides a basis for wide areas of mathematics and this module provides the essential foundation.

Probability and Statistics – 20 credits

'Probability is basically common sense reduced to calculation; it makes us appreciate with exactitude what reasonable minds feel by a sort of instinct.' So said Laplace. In the modern scientific and technological world, it is even more important to understand probabilistic and statistical arguments. This module will introduce you to key ideas in both areas, with probability forming the theoretical basis for statistical tests and inference.

Computational Mathematics and Modelling – 20 credits

You'll be introduced to computational techniques, algorithms and numerical solutions, as well as the mathematics of discrete systems. You'll learn basic programming using the language Python and apply computational techniques to the solution of mathematical problems.

Economics and Global History – 10 credits

History plays a key role in economics and influencing the trajectory of economic development. This module addresses some of the ‘lessons of history’, giving you a sense of perspective when studying a variety of modern economies across the world, both developed and undeveloped. Using global history, economic concepts, theories and reasoning, you’ll learn the intellectual tools to deal with the dynamics of long-term economic development, waves and crises, allowing you to apply historical reasoning to concrete problems in economic decision making at societal and political level.

Economic Theory and Applications – 30 credits

This module gives you an introduction to the economic understanding of the world of individual choice, business behaviour, national-level economic systems and government economic policy. You’ll apply theories to issues and problems of consumption, production, exchange as well as output, employment, inflation and investment. You’ll also use relevant data analysis to understand economic issues.

Year 2

Your second year builds on the knowledge you acquired in first year, with more in-depth modules on statistics, microeconomics and macroeconomics. You'll also broaden your knowledge base through a wide range of optional modules in mathematics, economics and econometrics.

Year 3

In year 3, you'll undertake a substantial project in mathematics or economics, which gives you the opportunity to investigate a topic at the cutting edge of knowledge and develop vital skills such as carrying out independent research. You’ll work collaboratively with your supervisor throughout the project, who’ll be an expert in your research area.

You'll also gain in-depth knowledge in your chosen areas of interests in economics and mathematics. Your economic studies could explore international, environmental, labour and health economics, as well as advanced studies in the core subjects of economics. In mathematics, you’ll be given the opportunity to study actuarial and financial mathematics, as well as a wide range of topics in pure mathematics, applied mathematics and statistics.

One-year optional work placement or study abroad

During your course, you’ll be given the opportunity to advance your skill set and experience further. You can apply to either undertake a one-year work placement or study abroad for a year, choosing from a selection of universities we’re in partnership with worldwide.

Learning outcomes

By the end of your degree, you’ll have a high level of understanding of the technical background in mathematics, statistics and economics and its applications. You’ll have developed the following skills which are valued by a wide variety of employers:

  • Solving complex problems.
  • Using logical thinking in theoretical and practical contexts.
  • Modelling various phenomena in economics and finance.
  • Interpreting numerical and empirical data.
  • Using statistical models and data to estimate parameters for these models.
  • Carrying out project work independently and reporting effectively the outcomes of your work in a variety of ways.
  • Familiarity with commonly-used software in statistical applications.

Learning and teaching

You’ll be taught through lectures, tutorials, workshops and practical classes. You’ll enjoy extensive tutorial support and have freedom in your workload and options.

We offer a variety of welcoming spaces to study and socialise with your fellow students. There are social and group study areas, a library with a café and a seminar room, as well as a Research Visitors Centre and a Mathematics Active Learning Lab.

Taster lectures

Watch our taster lectures to get a flavour of what it’s like to study at Leeds:

On this course you’ll be taught by our expert academics, from lecturers through to professors. You may also be taught by industry professionals with years of experience, as well as trained postgraduate researchers, connecting you to some of the brightest minds on campus.

Assessment

You’re assessed through a range of methods, including formal exams and in-course assessment.

Entry requirements

A-level: AAA/A*AB including Grade A in Mathematics.

Where an A-Level Science subject is taken, we require a pass in the practical science element, alongside the achievement of the A-Level at the stated grade.

Excludes A-Level General Studies or Critical Thinking.

GCSE: You must also have GCSE English at grade B (6) or above (or equivalent). We will accept Level 2 Functional Skills English in lieu of GCSE English.

Other course specific tests:

Extended Project Qualification and International Project Qualification: Whilst we recognise the value of these qualifications and the effort and enthusiasm that applicants put into them, we do not currently include them as part of our offer-making. We do, however, encourage you to provide further information on your project in your personal statement.

Alternative qualification

Access to HE Diploma

Normally only accepted in combination with grade A in A Level Mathematics or equivalent.

BTEC

BTEC qualifications in relevant disciplines are considered in combination with other qualifications, including grade A in A-level mathematics, or equivalent

Cambridge Pre-U

D3 D3 M2 or D2 M1 M1 where the first grade quoted is in Mathematics.

International Baccalaureate

17 points at Higher Level including 6 in Higher Level Mathematics (Mathematics: Analytics and Approaches is preferred).

Irish Leaving Certificate (higher Level)

H2 H2 H2 H2 H2 H2 including Mathematics.

Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers

Suitable combinations of Scottish Higher and Advanced Highers are acceptable, though mathematics must be presented at Advanced Higher level. Typically AAAABB Including grade A in Advanced Higher Mathematics.

Other Qualifications

We also welcome applications from students on the Northern Consortium UK International Foundation Year programme, the University of Leeds International Foundation Year, and other foundation years with a high mathematical content.

Read more about UK and Republic of Ireland accepted qualifications or contact the School’s Undergraduate Admissions Team.

Alternative entry

We’re committed to identifying the best possible applicants, regardless of personal circumstances or background.

Access to Leeds is an alternative admissions scheme which accepts applications from individuals who might be from low income households, in the first generation of their immediate family to apply to higher education, or have had their studies disrupted.

Find out more about Access to Leeds and alternative admissions.

Typical Access to Leeds offer: ABB including A in Mathematics and pass Access to Leeds.

If you do not have the formal qualifications for immediate entry to one of our degrees, you may be able to progress through a foundation year. We offer a Studies in Science with a Foundation Year BSc for students without a science background at A-level and an Interdisciplinary Science with Foundation Year BSc for applicants who meet specific widening participation criteria.

International Foundation Year

International students who do not meet the academic requirements for undergraduate study may be able to study the University of Leeds International Foundation Year. This gives you the opportunity to study on campus, be taught by University of Leeds academics and progress onto a wide range of Leeds undergraduate courses. Find out more about International Foundation Year programmes.

English language requirements

IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.


Improve your English
If you're an international student and you don't meet the English language requirements for this programme, you may be able to study our undergraduate pre-sessional English course, to help improve your English language level.

Fees

UK: £9,250 (per year)

International: £27,250 (per year)

Tuition fees for UK undergraduate students starting in 2023/24 and 2024/25
Tuition fees for UK full-time undergraduate students are set by the UK Government and will remain capped at £9,250 for 2023/24 and 2024/25. The fee may increase in future years of your course in line with inflation only as a consequence of future changes in Government legislation and as permitted by law.

Tuition fees for international undergraduate students starting in 2023/24 and 2024/25
Tuition fees for international students for 2023/24 and 2024/25 are available on individual course pages.

Tuition fees for a study abroad or work placement year
If you take a study abroad or work placement year, you’ll pay a reduced tuition fee during this period. For more information, see Study abroad and work placement tuition fees and loans.

Read more about paying fees and charges.

There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds. Read more on our living costs and budgeting page.

Scholarships and financial support

If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There is help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government. Find out more in our Undergraduate funding overview.

Applying

Apply to this course through UCAS. Check the deadline for applications on the UCAS website.

We may consider applications submitted after the deadline. Availability of courses in UCAS Extra will be detailed on UCAS at the appropriate stage in the cycle.

Admissions guidance

Read our admissions guidance about applying and writing your personal statement.

What happens after you’ve applied

You can keep up to date with the progress of your application through UCAS.

UCAS will notify you when we make a decision on your application. If you receive an offer, you can inform us of your decision to accept or decline your place through UCAS.

How long will it take to receive a decision

We typically receive a high number of applications to our courses. For applications submitted by the January UCAS deadline, UCAS asks universities to make decisions by mid-May at the latest.

Offer holder events

If you receive an offer from us, you’ll be invited to an offer holder event. This event is more in-depth than an open day. It gives you the chance to learn more about your course and get your questions answered by academic staff and students. Plus, you can explore our campus, facilities and accommodation.

International applicants

International students apply through UCAS in the same way as UK students.

We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.

Read about visas, immigration and other information here.

If you’re unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.

Admissions policy

University of Leeds Taught Admissions Policy 2024

This course is taught by

School of Mathematics
Leeds University Business School

Contact us

School of Mathematics Undergraduate Admissions

Email: maths.admiss@leeds.ac.uk
Telephone:

Career opportunities

Mathematical skills are highly valued in virtually all walks of life, which means that the employment opportunities for mathematics graduates are far-reaching, with the potential to take you all over the world.

Plus, University of Leeds students are among the top 10 most targeted by top employers according to The Graduate Market 2023, High Fliers Research, meaning our graduates are highly sought after.

Qualifying with a degree in economics and mathematics from Leeds will set you up with the core foundations needed to pursue an exciting career across a wide range of industries and sectors, including:

  • Banking and finance
  • Asset management and investment
  • Consultancy
  • Insurance
  • Teaching
  • Central and local government

The numerical, analytical and problem-solving skills you'll develop, as well as your specialist subject knowledge and your ability to think logically, are highly valued by employers. This course also allows you to develop the transferable skills that employers seek.

Here’s an insight into the job roles some of our most recent graduates have obtained:

  • Quantitative Analyst, Aldermore Bank
  • Business Intelligence Engineer, Amazon
  • Strategy & Portfolio Analyst, BP
  • Chartered Accountant Trainee, Crowe Clark Whitehill
  • Corporate Finance - Restructuring Services, Deloitte
  • Audit Associate, Ernst & Young
  • Credit Risk Analyst, Gazprom-energy
  • Management Accountant, Goldman Sachs
  • Trainee Actuary, Government Actuary's Department
  • Maths Tutor, Hall Cross School
  • Technology Analyst, HSBC Global Banking and Markets
  • Investment Operations Associate, Partners Capital
  • Associate, Business Recovery Services, PwC
  • Financial Analyst, Rothschild
  • Trainee Chartered Accountant, Ryecroft Glenton
  • Investment Manager, Schroder's

Careers support

At Leeds we help you to prepare for your future from day one. Our Leeds for Life initiative is designed to help you develop and demonstrate the skills and experience you need for when you graduate. We will help you to access opportunities across the University and record your key achievements so you are able to articulate them clearly and confidently.

You'll be supported throughout your studies by our dedicated Employability team, who will provide you with specialist support and advice to help you find relevant work experience, internships and industrial placements, as well as graduate positions. You’ll benefit from timetabled employability sessions, support during internships and placements, and presentations and workshops delivered by employers.

You'll also have full access to the University’s Careers Centre, which is one of the largest in the country.

Study abroad and work placements

Study abroad

Studying abroad is a unique opportunity to explore the world, whilst gaining invaluable skills and experience that could enhance your future employability and career prospects too.

From Europe to Asia, the USA to Australasia, we have many University partners worldwide you can apply to, spanning across some of the most popular destinations for students.

This programme offers you the option to spend time abroad as an extra academic year and will extend your studies by 12 months.

Once you’ve successfully completed your year abroad, you'll be awarded the ‘international’ variant in your degree title upon completion which demonstrates your added experience to future employers.

Find out more at the Study Abroad website.

Work placements

A placement year is a great way to help you decide on a career path when you graduate. You’ll develop your skills and gain a real insight into working life in a particular company or sector. It will also help you to stand out in a competitive graduate jobs market and improve your chances of securing the career you want.

Benefits of a work placement year:

  • 100+ organisations to choose from, both in the UK and overseas
  • Build industry contacts within your chosen field
  • Our close industry links mean you’ll be in direct contact with potential employers
  • Advance your experience and skills by putting the course teachings into practice
  • Gain invaluable insight into working as a professional in this industry
  • Improve your employability

If you decide to undertake a placement year, this will extend your period of study by 12 months and, on successful completion, you'll be awarded the ‘industrial’ variant in your degree title to demonstrate your added experience to future employers.

With the help and support of our dedicated Employability team, you can find the right placement to suit you and your future career goals.

Here are some examples of placements our students have recently completed:

  • Industrial Placement Student, Deloitte LLP
  • Risk Analyst - Infrastructure/ Strategy, Lloyds Banking Group
  • Finance and Governance Placement, Bupa
  • Operations Analyst, Tracsis Rail Consultancy
  • Data Scientist, Department for Work & Pensions

Find out more about Industrial placements.

Student profile: Nathan Burudi

There are many opportunities for external placements, should it be a year in industry or the opportunity to study abroad.
Find out more about Nathan Burudi's time at Leeds