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Mathematics and Economics

BSc

Developed by academics at LSE, this degree is for students of high mathematical ability who wish to pursue careers or postgraduate study in economics combined with mathematics and statistics.

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For students of high mathematical ability wishing to pursue a career in economics.

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You can receive local support from a local teaching centre, use the dropdown to find your nearest centre.

By studying this programme you will:

  • be able to pursue a career in economics and acquire a foundation in mathematics to undertake postgraduate study necessary to follow such a career path.
  • study a degree suitable for students of high mathematical ability, combining and relating mathematics, statistics and economics.
  • understand how rigorous proofs can be given in mathematics and see how the theories developed can be used in an economics context.

Programme details

You complete 12 courses for the Standard Route.

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2020 intake
Application deadline 01 October 2020
Registration deadline 30 November 2020
Programme starts November
Examinations May and June

Study at a Recognised Teaching Centre

This programme is only available to study at a Recognised Teaching Centre and cannot be studied independently.

If you prefer to study independently, a selection of programmes with academic direction from the London School of Economics are available to study fully supported online.

Study materials

We will send you study materials developed by academics appointed by LSE. These include a Programme Handbook of practical information (such as how to enter exams); a Subject Guide for each course; and past exam papers and commentaries, which give you valuable tips for performing well in exams.

Online support

When you register, we will give you access to your Student Portal. You can then access your University of London email account and other key resources:

  • The Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). Here, you can access electronic copies of all printed study materials, resources including audio-visual and revision guides, and forums to discuss course material and work collaboratively with others.
  • The Online Library provides access to over 100 million academic electronic items comprising E-books, E-journals, conference proceedings, etc. In addition, students can request items which are not held in the library via the library's Inter-Library loans service with the British Library.
  • Senate House Library provides free reference access for all registered distance and flexible learning students.

Student Support

We are committed to delivering an exceptional student experience for all of our students, regardless of which of our programmes you are studying and whether you are studying independently or with a Recognised Teaching Centre.

You will have access to support through:

  • The Student Advice Centre – provides support for application and Student Portal queries.
  • TalkCampus – a peer support service that offers a safe and confidential way to talk about whatever is on your mind at any time of day or night.

Assessment

Each module is assessed by an unseen written exam, which is usually held in May or June. You can sit your exams at any approved centre around the world. These centres charge a fee for hosting the exams.

Your exam is set and assessed by academics at LSE, ensuring that your degree is of the same standard as those studying on-campus in London.

If you study the following courses from the Information System selection group, you will also need to undertake a project or coursework.

  • IS1060 Introduction to information systems
  • IS2182 Innovating digital systems and services
  • IS3139 Software engineering: theory and application
  • IS3159 Research project in information systems.

More about exams.

What qualifications will you need?

For access to the BSc Mathematics and Economics degree, you will usually meet the following criteria:

  • Age 17+ by 30 November in the year of registration.
  • Satisfy our General Entrance Requirements.
  • Mathematics to UK GCE A Level (Grade A - E) or equivalent.

Even if you don’t meet the standard requirements, we will consider each application on its own merits. Our Admissions Panel will consider whether any alternative/incomplete qualifications or work experience you have are suitable for entry to the programme.

I don’t meet the entry requirements. What can I do?

If you are not eligible for this programme, you may be able to study the CertHE Social Sciences before progressing with credit. This programme must be studied at an approved local teaching centre.

Alternatively, you might be interested in our International Foundation Programme. This pre-university programme is equivalent in standard to qualifications studied in Year 13 (i.e. A levels) and must also be studied at an approved local teaching centre.

English Language requirements

You need to demonstrate a good level of English to be admitted to our programmes. We accept a range of evidence, including proficiency test scores. If you don’t have evidence but believe you can meet the standard, we may consider your case.

Do I meet the language requirements?

Computer requirements

We set minimum basic computer requirements because your study resources are accessed via the Student Portal and it is vital that you can access this regularly. For this degree, you will also need Adobe Flash Player to view video material and a media player (such as VLC) to play video files.

More about computer requirements.

Can I transfer credits from other awards?

If you have studied material as part of a previous qualification that is comparable in content and standard, you might be exempted from the equivalent course for the University of London degree. This is known as Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL), Credit Transfer or Exemption. You can receive accreditation for up to four full 100 courses on the Standard Entry Route of the degree only.

Please note if you wish to be considered for discretionary recognition of prior learning for the 2020 intake, then you must formally apply and submit your request by: 01 October 2020.

More about Accreditation of Prior Learning.

The fees below relate to new students registering for the 2020-2021 session. These may be increased by up to 7% per year.

Academic year 2020-2021
Application fee (non-refundable) £101
Initial registration fee £1070
Examination entry fee (per full course) £323
Examination entry fee (per half course) £161
Continuing registration fee £489
Other fees (as applicable)
Additional registration fee for students taking law courses (per course) £59
Application fee for Accreditation of Prior Learning (per full course) £108
Application fee for Accreditation of Prior Learning (per half course) £55
Indicative total: standard BSc £6408

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The indicative totals reflect average annual fee increases and assume that you complete the qualification within the minimum time – without resits, and with no law courses (which require additional fees).

More about the programme fees

Additional Costs

You may also need to budget for:

  • Textbooks (could extend to around £300 per year)
  • Teaching Centre Tuition costs
  • Exam centre fees, which are paid directly to the venues where you sit your exams.

We accept most traditional payment methods, including debit/credit card and Western Union.

How to pay your fees

Please note: all student fees shown are net of any local VAT, Goods and Services Tax (GST) or any other sales tax payable by the student in their country of residence. Where the University is required to add VAT, GST or any other sales tax at the local statutory rate, this will be added to the fees shown during the payment process. For students resident in the UK, our fees are exempt from VAT.

Further information on GST

This degree will prepare you for a career as an economist in industry, finance, government or international organisations. It will also prepare you for a range of other careers where these skills are valued. You could also gain entry to a master’s programme in this field.

This BSc will help you to question and analyse information, develop arguments, and boost your analytical and communication skills – all of which are valued in management-related roles.

In some countries, qualifications earned by distance and flexible learning may not be recognised by certain authorities or regulators for the purposes of public sector employment or further study. We advise you to explore the local recognition status before you register, even if you plan to receive support from a local teaching institution.

The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) provides academic direction for this programme. LSE is regarded as an international centre of academic excellence and innovation in the social sciences.

Academic co-ordinator

Martin Anthony is Professor of Mathematics at LSE. He received an LSE Education Excellence Award in 2016 and was also listed as one of the 1000 most influential people in London by the Evening Standard. His research interests include how mathematics evidences machine learning, as well as Boolean and pseudo-Boolean functions.

Without the cost of moving to London, studying for your University of London degree anywhere in the world represents excellent value for money. However, there are additional sources of support depending on where you live.

The University of London also offers some awards based on performance. If you are among the top five performing students in the first year of a degree led by LSE, you receive an Academic Achievement Award.

More on funding your study.

About the LSE Summer School

LSE’s Summer School is the most well-established and the largest of its kind in the whole of Europe, with over 80 academically rigorous courses on offer. Each year over 6,000 students from 120 nations study at the LSE campus in the heart of Central London.

Courses are taught by LSE faculty and complement the content of this degree. If you complete two Summer School courses you may be able to claim Accreditation of Prior Learning equivalent to one course on the degree. As a student on this programme you will receive a 15% discount on tuition fees to attend the LSE Summer School.

More about the LSE summer school.

Study Mathematics and Economics with academic direction from LSE.

Student reading in the library

This degree will prepare you for professional or managerial careers, particularly in areas requiring quantitative skills, e.g. forecasting and risk.