Birkbeck, University of London

Course Introduction

This flexible new joint honours BSc programme will enable you to combine technically demanding yet applications'oriented skills in economics with strong quantitative skills in mathematics and statistics. The programme will give you the knowledge and skills you need for professions requiring a combination of economic literacy and quantitative skills. It is also particularly suitable if you want to proceed to technically oriented Master's programmes in economics and finance.

The programme is broadly aimed at two groups: students of economics who wish to complement their study of economics with a higher level of quantitative skills in mathematics and statistics; and students of mathematics who wish to apply their mathematical skills to economics and finance. You can choose from a wide range of option modules and tailor your programme to graduate with either a BSc Economics and Mathematics or a BSc Economics with Mathematics, depending on your personal interests and career aspirations.

A key feature of the programme is that, if you need to improve your Level 3 mathematics skills, you can transfer to the programme ' usually after a year ' after brushing up your skills on our BSc programme in Economics, or Financial Economics, or Mathematics and Statistics.

Course Modules

This programme consist of 360 credits, of which 120 credits are in the form of compulsory modules and 240 credits are available through option modules. The structure is deliberately flexible, with a high number of options, to maximise your choice, depending on your abilities and preferences.

To begin with, all students take four shared compulsory modules that offer an equal proportion of economics and mathematics.

To gain the award of BSc Economics and Mathematics, you must complete at least 180 credits from economics modules and at least 150 credits from mathematics and statistics modules. Thus, with an overall requirement of 360 credits, the permissible splits are either 210 credits in economics/150 credits in mathematics or 180 credits in economics/180 credits in mathematics.

To gain the award of BSc Economics with Mathematics, you must gain 270 credits from economics and 90 credits from mathematics.

Compulsory modules:

Algebra 1: Techniques and Applications;

Calculus 1: Single Variable;

Introduction to Economics;

IT and Professional Skills.

Indicative economics option modules:

Advanced Topics in Economics and Finance;

Applied Statistics and Econometrics;

Corporate Finance;

Current Economic Problems;

Financial Institutions and Regulation;

International Finance;


Microeconomic Theory and Policy;

Portfolio Management;

Principles of Finance;

Quantitative Techniques III;

Time'Series Econometrics;

Topics in Mathematical Economics and Econometrics;

UK Financial Institutions and Markets.

Indicative mathematics and statistics option modules:

Algebra 2: Theory and Structure;

Calculus 2: Multivariable & Differential Equations;

Calculus 3: Transforms & Models;

Computational Mathematics;

Discrete Mathematics;

Games, Choice & Optimization;

Probability and Statistics;

Probability Models and Time Series;

Problems in Mathematics;

Proof and Structure in Mathematics;

Real & Complex Variable;

Statistics: Theory and Practice.

Please note that the list of available option modules may change from year to year. Some option modules may have prerequisites.

Start Date:


Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
3 years
Full Time
Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons) £9,250 Home Fees
3 years
Full Time
Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons) £13,000 Overseas Fees
4 years
Part Time
Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons) £9,250 Home Fees
4 years
Part Time
Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons) £13,000 Overseas Fees