Mathematics with Economics BSc (Hons)

Course overview

  • Course level
    Undergraduate
  • Course type
    Full-time
  • Duration
    4 Years
  • Course options
    Integrated placement
  • UCAS code(s)
    G1L1
  • School
    Aston Business School, School of Engineering & Applied Science

Entry requirements

  • A levels
    ABB-BBB to include Maths at minimum Grade B
  • BTEC
    Extended Diploma: DDM plus A level Mathematics at minimum Grade B. Please see below for more information.
  • International Baccalaureate
    31 overall points with 5, 5, 5 in Higher Level subjects, including Higher Level Maths at grade 5.
  • GCSE
    Maths and English Grade C/4 and above.
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Key Dates

  • Application Deadline
    Tuesday 15th January 2019
  • Deadline application
    15th January
  • Start date
    September
What's it like to study at Aston?

Be prepared for three or four life changing years at Aston, and you will come out as an extremely well-rounded individual ready for the world of work.

Gurbir Singh
Graduate Analyst, Barclays

Aston Business School is in the 1% of business schools globally with triple accreditation

Economics at Aston is ranked 9th in the UK for graduate prospects (Sunday Times 2018)

Opportunity to undertake a placement year and gain invaluable professional experience

Accredited by the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA)

Course summary

Recent graduates from this course have secured roles such as Graduate Forensic Accountant, Acturial Analyst, Asset & Liabilities Management Analyst and Route Analyst.

Entry Requirements & Fees

4 years full-time with integrated placement year

UCAS Code: G1L1

Please note:

GCSE requirements: Maths and English Language grade C/4 and above.

All candidates are considered on an individual basis and the whole application is reviewed which includes previous and predicted qualifications, any experience, references and motivation.

Whilst the grades listed here are our entry requirements, we understand that predicted grades are only an estimate. We will therefore consider applicants with predicted grades of CCC if the application is of a high standard which includes a strong personal statement and academic reference. However, any offer made will not be lower than stated below.

Applicants receiving offers are invited to an Applicant Visit Day.

More on Admissions Policy

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to provide evidence of an English language qualification. Find out more about our English language requirements 

Tuition fees:

£9,250 (£1,250 during placement year) for UK/EU students (2019/20)
£16,350 Outside EU students (2019/20)
Placement Year: £2,500 for International Students 

More on fees

Applicants receiving offers are invited to an open day.

Typical offers:

A levels: ABB-BBB to include at least a grade B in Mathematics.

BTEC

  • Extended Diploma and National Extended Diploma (Any subject): DDM plus 1 A-Level in Mathematics grade B
  • National Diploma and Diploma (any subject): DD plus 1 A-level at minimum Grade B in Mathematics.
  • Foundation or 90 credits Diploma (any subject): DD plus 2 A-level minimum grade B including at least Mathematics.
  • National Extended Certificate or Subsidiary Diploma (any subject): D plus 2 A-level minimum Grade B including at least Mathematics
  • Certificate/ National Certificate Level 3: Not accepted

International Baccalaureate Diploma: 31 overall points with 5, 5, 5 in Higher Level subjects including a minimum grade 5 in Mathematics. 

Access to Higher Education: Not accepted

Non-standard qualifications

Degree: 

Year 1 entry: We may consider applicants for year 1 entry who are undertaking a 1st year degree elsewhere. You must meet the GCSEs and A level (or equivalent) requirements as listed. In order to be considered you will need to submit a UCAS application as we do not accept direct applications and this must include an academic reference.

Year 2 entry: Please note that second year transfers are not part of the standard admissions process and is up to the discretion of the admissions team and tutor. Applications are only considered if there is space on that year of the programme. Typically, applicants for second year entry must meet the GCSEs and A level (or equivalent) requirements as listed. Alongside this you must have gained (or be expected to gain) 65% overall and 120 credits  on an equivalent programme at another recognised university. The equivalency of the programme is reviewed by the Admissions Tutor and you will be required to provide an official copy of the programme specification of this. In order to be considered you will need to submit a UCAS application as we do not accept direct applications and this must include an academic reference.

Year 3: We will not be able to consider any application for Year 3 

The information contained on this website details the typical entry requirements for this course for the most commonly offered qualifications.

Applicants with alternative qualifications may wish to enquire with the relevant admissions teams prior to application whether or not their qualifications are deemed acceptable.

For less commonly encountered qualifications this will be judged on a case-by-case basis in consultation with the academic admissions tutor.

The information contained on this website details the typical entry requirements for this course for the most commonly offered qualifications. Applicants with alternative qualifications may wish to enquire with the relevant admissions teams prior to application whether or not their qualifications are deemed acceptable. For less commonly encountered qualifications this will be judged on a case-by-case basis in consultation with the academic admissions tutor.

Course outline

You'll learn how to apply mathematics to solve complex problems that arise in the real world studying this exciting course. Understanding the development of underlying structures common to many concepts will help you to solve these problems. You'll also look at how excitingly complex patterns and systems can arise from simple mathematical ideas. Discovering how to rigorously examine the validity of basic mathematical techniques will help you to succeed throughout this thought-provoking course. 

Looking at the theoretical and conceptual outlook of the world of business will provide you with a solid grounding in economics. Economics graduates are highly sought-after members of a business team by many employers.

Subject guide & modules

Students studying Maths with Economics take 120 credits of modules per year, 80 from maths modules and 40 from economics modules. A 10 credit module comprises approximately 100 learning hours and has up to three contact hours per week.

More information on studying mathematics at Aston

Year 1

  • Calculus and Ordinary Differential Equations 
  • Vector Geometry
  • Introduction to Matlab 
  • Mathematical Algorithms 
  • Mathematical Thinking
  • Probability 
  • Transition Mathematics 
  • Vector Algebra
  • Intro to Macroeconomics 
  • Intro to Microeconomics 

Year 2

  • Introduction to Numerical Methods 
  • Multivariate Calculus 
  • Mathematical Methods 
  • Professional Practice 
  • Statistics 
  • Principles of Macroeconomics 
  • Quantitative Methods
  • Principles of Microeconomics 

Optional Modules:

  • Foundations of Calculus 
  • Linear Mathematics 
  • Numerical Methods
  • Introduction to Econometrics 
  • Markets, Games and Strategy
  • Virtual Business Simulation

Year 3 placement year

At Aston the placement year is an integral part of your course, and contributes to your final grade. Find out more about the Maths with Economics placement year.

  • ABS (Aston Business School) Placement Module 
  • EAS (Engineering and Applied Science) Study Placement Year 
  • EAS Industrial Placement Year 
  • EAS Study/Work Placement Year 

Final year

During your final year you have the opportunity to specialise in the areas of maths of particular interest and relevance to your career.

Core Modules:

  • Further topics in Macroeconomics
  • Further topics in Microeconomics

You will study eight elective maths modules from the following: 

  • Probability Distributions 
  • Approximation Theory and Methods 
  • Financial Mathematics 
  • Game Theory 
  • Mathematics Final Year Project 
  • Mathematics Report 
  • Option Theory 
  • Partial Differential Equations 
  • Portfolio Analysis 
  • Stochastic Processes 
  • Modern Time Series 
  • Statistical Machine Learning
  • Macroeconometrics (Time Series)
  • Microeconometrics
Learning, teaching & assessment

A range of teaching methods make up this course. These include lectures, tutorials, group-working, case studies and both individual and group presentations. These traditional teaching methods are supported by a useful virtual learning environment, which hosts lots of electronic academic materials. A combination of exams and coursework make up your assessments. 

Placement year

Taking a placement year can look highly attractive to potential employers. It's an exciting opportunity for you to put your studies into industry context and gain valuable professional experience. Around 30% of our students are offered graduate jobs by their placement employer.

Placements are generally paid, with the average salary being around £16,000. You could choose a placement year in the UK or abroad. 

You'll receive plenty of help in finding your placement through our programme of preparation, support and advice. Specialist support and supervision from the University will be offered to you during your placement as well. 

Our current and recent placement employers include top companies across the UK and abroad, such as: BNFL, ConocoPhillips, GSK, Kraft, Alfa Laval, Thames Water, AMEC and 3M.

Find out more about placement years at Aston.

Professional Accreditation

This course is accredited by the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA). Find out more about what this means here. 

Career prospects

The study of Mathematics opens up career opportunities in a wide range of areas. This course prepares you for careers in both the public and private sector and has been specifically designed to meet the huge demand for skilled mathematicians who also have a strong economic insight.

Graduate destinations

Our graduates often obtain employment in financial institutions, industry, teaching and research in mathematics.

Personal development

This course is designed to give you transferable and practical skills so you can succeed within your chosen career. We make extensive use of group working and presentations to prepare you for the reality of working life. Such work develops your team working and negotiating skills.

Our placement year gives you the opportunity to gain practical, invaluable work experience so you can appreciate issues in the real working world.

Facilities and equipment

The teaching rooms and facilities of Aston's Business School have been recently refurbished. All lecture theatres and seminar rooms are fully equipped with the latest teaching aids and extensive use is made of our Virtual Learning Environment to help support your studies.

Aston University recently invested £4m in a major upgrade of its campus IT network. The facilities specifically provided for our students include a 100-seat PC teaching lab with audio-visual projection facilities and three other labs containing PCs and Macs. Additional labs provide high performance workstations reserved for project work and specialist teaching.

Teaching staff

Although based in the School of Engineering & Applied Science, this course is taught jointly with staff from Aston Business School.

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