Economics and Mathematics BSc (Hons) – 2019 entry

Why choose this course

Both economics and mathematics are highly regarded disciplines that underpin contemporary life, and are both fascinating subjects in their own right. Our BSc in Economics and Mathematics provides you with high-level mathematics and statistics skills that are essential for many jobs and further study.

Many academics within the School of Economics are advisers to world-renowned organisations, meaning our teaching and research is at the forefront of the field and is influenced by real industry insights. 

What you will study

Our BSc Economics and Mathematics course takes core components of economics and blends these with modules that cover those aspects of mathematics that are most relevant for economists.

You will study the economic behaviour of economic agents such as individuals, firms and governments, and acquire the mathematical and statistical tools needed to tackle the most challenging economic problems.

By the end of the course you will have a highly sought-after mix of skills, equipping you to solve real-world problems in economics, finance, business and public policy.

Course facts

Qualification Course length Professional Training UCAS KIS code
BSc (Hons) 36 months 3T0U View KIS data set
BSc (Hons) 48 months 3C0M View KIS data set

Location:

Stag Hill

Professional Training placements

As part of this course you have the option to complete a Professional Training placement. These will give you the opportunity to develop your professional, academic and personal potential, equipping you to be adaptable, resilient, globally minded, confident, entrepreneurial and digitally savvy in the workplace. These qualities are widely recognised by employers and a significant proportion of placement students at Surrey are offered graduate-level jobs or go onto postgraduate study.

Find out more about Professional Training placements and discover how these have transformed our students’ lives and career choices.

Economics and Mathematics placements

Our Professional Training placement programme offers you the opportunity to put your skills and understanding of economics into practice in a real-­world environment, gaining invaluable experience for your future career.

Placements are available in a range of organisations, including large corporations, city institutions and government departments.

Examples of organisations that have participated in this scheme include:

  • Lloyds Banking Group
  • CERN
  • Commerzbank
  • Bank of England
  • Ericsson
  • Menzies LLP
  • Morgan Stanley.

Applying for placements

Professional Training placements are usually applied for and secured via an open and free-to-all process, within which students can select and apply for numerous opportunities. Placement providers use their own recruitment and selection procedures and the majority of students will secure their placement in this way. However, support is also provided to students wishing to source their own placement, subject to university requirements being met.

Students are generally not placed by the University, however they are given thorough support and guidance alongside access to a vacancy portal representing thousands of placement opportunities each year. Please be aware there may be travel costs incurred when attending interviews and assessment centres at the placement provider’s premises.

Professional recognition

BSc (Hons) - Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA)
This programme will meet the educational requirements of the Chartered Mathematician designation, awarded by the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications, when it is followed by subsequent training and experience in employment to obtain equivalent competences to those specified by the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) for taught masters degrees.

Careers and graduate prospects

We offer careers information, advice and guidance to all students whilst studying with us, which is extended to our alumni for three years after leaving the University.

Economic decisions are at the heart of every society, shaping the future of individuals, organisations, regions and nations. This hints at the variety of careers available to economists and the range of skills you can expect to develop by studying one of our courses.

Graduates of our courses are highly successful in securing quality jobs. The problem-solving nature of the subject, the highly relevant and applied focus of our courses, as well as the potential for experience gained from your Professional Training placement greatly appeals to employers.

Our recent graduates from the School of Economics have entered roles such as:

  • Consultant, Ernst & Young
  • Analyst, Bank of England
  • Financial Crime Associate, Deloitte
  • Assistant Economist, Home Office
  • Data Analyst, Nexmo
  • Technical Business Analyst, Acturis Ltd
  • Telecom Analyst, Efftel.

Study and work abroad

We give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their degrees by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities or by completing a Professional Training placement abroad. In addition to the hugely enjoyable and satisfying experience, time spent abroad adds a distinctive element to your CV. Visit our global exchanges pages to check where you can go.

We encourage you to add an international experience to your degree by studying overseas during your second year (typically in the autumn).

Our international partner universities include:

  • Brock University, Canada
  • George Mason University, USA
  • Monash University, Australia
  • Ryerson University, Canada
  • The University of Hong Kong, China
  • Singapore Management University, Singapore
  • University of North Carolina at Wilmington, USA
  • University of Sydney, Australia

Our partners complement our commitment to excellence in teaching and research and enable students to enhance their international outlook.

Taking part in the exchange programme is an invaluable experience that will expand your knowledge of economics, broaden your horizons, enhance your CV and enrich your life on a personal and professional level.

In your third year you might then want to think about spending your Professional Training placement abroad. Students have worked in many places, both in Europe and beyond; if working in Europe you may be eligible for an Erasmus+ grant.

This is an excellent opportunity not only to acquire valuable work experience but also to improve or learn another language.

Terms and conditions

When you accept an offer of a place at the University of Surrey, you are agreeing to comply with our policies and regulations, and our terms and conditions. These terms and conditions are provided in two stages: first when we make an offer and second when students who have accepted their offers register to study at the University. View our offer terms and conditions and our generic registration terms and conditions as a guide as to what to expect.
 
Please note: our offer terms and conditions will be available in the September of the calendar year prior to the year in which you begin your studies. Our registration terms and conditions will vary to take into account specifics of your course.

Disclaimer

This online prospectus has been prepared and published in advance of the academic year to which it applies. The University of Surrey has used its reasonable efforts to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to course content or additional costs) may occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the course. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply for a course with us. Read more.

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Academic year structure

The academic year is divided into two semesters of 15 weeks each. Each semester consists of a period of teaching, revision/directed learning and assessment.

The University operates a credit framework for all taught programmes based on a 15-credit tariff. All taught modules are 15 credits. Project modules and dissertation modules can be either 15, 30, 45 or 60 credits.

The structure of our programmes follows clear educational aims that are tailored to each programme. These are all outlined in the programme specifications which include further details such as the learning outcomes.

Modules

Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Modules may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.

Please note: If there is an optional Professional Training placement as part of your course, you can view the full module listing for this on the relevant programme specification

Timetables

Timetables are normally available one month before the start of the semester. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week (Monday–Friday). Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities. Part-time classes are normally scheduled on one or two days per week, details of which can be obtained from the course administrators. View our Timetabling Policy (PDF).

Teaching

Teaching on the course is by lectures, tutorials, seminars and workshop sessions, which absorb about 12 hours each week. The purpose is to use, rather than just study, economics. In tutorials we will encourage you to present your own ideas and develop the verbal skills that will stand you in good stead for the future.

Classes and workshops are practical sessions in which you will develop the ability to apply and use economics. For each hour of teaching, you are expected to spend two to three hours in private study. There are also modules where you are required to work in groups.

We pride ourselves on the levels of supervision you will receive, creating a warm and friendly environment in which to study. The student experience at the School of Economics is vital to the success of our courses, and you will be encouraged to express yourself and develop your full potential.

There may be occasions when the delivery of your teaching is supported by postgraduate research students. The University has a set of procedures that govern the use of postgraduate research students in this way.

Staff

This course is taught by academic staff from the School of Economics.

Programme leader

ARSENIS P Dr (Economics)

Personal tutor

All taught students are assigned a personal tutor before beginning a programme of study. Personal tutors offer support and advice to students in the areas of:

  • Academic progress
  • Pastoral/welfare issues
  • Personal/professional development and employability.

Assessment

Modules are assessed individually and credits are awarded for the successful completion of each one. Assessment takes place through a combination of examination and/or coursework, practical examinations and reports. Check individual module information to see full details at a module level.

Contact hours

Contact hours can vary across our modules. Full details of the contact hours for each module are available from the University of Surrey's module catalogue. See the modules section for more information.

Learning and disability support

We have two services, the Academic Skills and Development and Additional Learning Support (ALS) which can help develop your learning.

Academic Skills and Development

Academic Skills and Development is a learning space in the Library where our learning development team is based. It comprises dedicated Student Learning Advisers and Information Skills Librarians who can help you develop your academic and research skills, including writing, presenting, revision and critical thinking.

Find out more about the study support available.

Additional Learning Support

Additional Learning Support (ALS) is the University of Surrey’s disability and neurodiversity service. The ALS team supports students with disabilities, long-term health conditions, specific learning differences (such as dyslexia and dyspraxia) and other neurodiverse conditions (including autism spectrum and attention deficit disorder).

If you tell us about any conditions and register with us, we can give you appropriate support during your studies.

We can arrange exam and learning support adjustments, give advice on applications for the Disabled Students' Allowance, and test you for dyslexia and dyspraxia. We can also offer regular study skills and mentoring support.

See the Additional Learning Support website for more information.

What qualifications do you need?

A-level

Overall: AAB.

Required subjects: Mathematics at Grade A.

Applicants taking an A-level science subject with the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass the practical element.

Please note: A-level General Studies and A-level Critical Thinking are not accepted.

GCSE or equivalent: English Language at Grade C(4) and Mathematics at Grade A (7) (or equivalent). Applicants must have achieved these grades at the time of making their application.

BTEC (QCF Level 3) Extended Diploma

Overall: DDD.

Required subjects: A-level Mathematics Grade A.

GCSE or equivalent: English Language at grade C(4)and Mathematics at Grade A(7) (or equivalent). Applicants must have achieved these grades at the time of making their application.

International Baccalaureate

Overall: 34.

Required subjects: Maths HL6/SL7.

GCSE or equivalent:  English HL4/SL4.

European Baccalaureate

Overall: 82%.

Required subjects: Maths 8.5.

GCSE or equivalent: English Language (1/2) 6 or English Language (3)7.

Access to HE Diploma

Overall: QAA recognised Access to Higher Education Diploma with 45 Level 3 credits overall including 39 at Distinction and 6 at Merit.

Required subjects: A-level Mathematics at Grade A.

GCSE or equivalent: English Language at Grade C(4) and Mathematics at Grade A (7) (or equivalent). Applicants must have achieved these grades at the time of making their application.

Scottish Highers

Overall: AAABB.

Required subjects: Mathematics at Grade A.

GCSE or equivalent: English Language - Scottish National 5 - C. Maths - Scottish National 5 - A. Applicants must have achieved these grades at the time of making their application.

Welsh Baccalaureate

Overall: Pass overall with AAB from a combination of the Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate and two A-levels. 

Applicants taking an A-level science subject with the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass the practical element. 

Required subjects: A-level Mathematics grade A.

GCSE or equivalent: English Language at grade C(4)and Mathematics at Grade A(7) (or equivalent). Applicants must have achieved these grades at the time of making their application.

Science Practical Certificate

Applicants taking the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass.

Other international qualifications

If you are an international student and you don’t meet the entry requirements to this degree, we offer the International Foundation Year, run by the Surrey International Study Centre.

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English language requirements

IELTS Academic: 6.5 overall with 6.0 in Writing and 5.5 in each other element.

View the other English language qualifications that we accept.

If you do not currently meet the level required for your programme, we offer intensive pre-sessional English language courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here. The University of Surrey is also an IELTS test centre.

Selection process

Offers are normally made in terms of grades.

Suitable candidates may be invited to an Applicant Day. During the visit to the University the candidate can find out more about the programme and meet staff and students.

Recognition of prior learning

The University of Surrey recognises that many students enter their higher education course with valuable knowledge and skills developed through a range of professional, vocational and community contexts. If this applies to you, a process called recognition of prior learning (RPL) may allow you to enter your course at a point appropriate to your previous learning and experience, or to join the start of a course without the formal entry requirements. This means that you may be exempt from certain elements of study in the course for which you have applied and be awarded credit based on your previous qualifications/experience. There are restrictions on RPL for some courses and fees may be payable for certain claims. 

Please see the Code of practice for recognition of prior learning and prior credit: taught programmes (PDF) for further information. Please email Admissions with any queries.

Fees

Qualification Course length Professional Training UK/EU fees Overseas fees Professional Training fees
BSc (Hons) 36 months £9,250 To be confirmed Not applicable
BSc (Hons) 48 months £9,250 To be confirmed To be confirmed

View a complete listing of all ongoing fees for our undergraduate courses.

The University will assess your fee status. If you are unsure whether you are likely to be considered a home, EU or overseas student for fees purposes, the UKCISA website offers more information.

Additional costs

There are no associated costs for this course.

Optional expenses

Students may wish to purchase a STATA software licence for 6-12 months - £35-75 approx. Students may also want to buy an EViews software licence - £35.

How to apply

Learn how to apply for an undergraduate course, see details about the UCAS application process and determine the steps you need to take if you receive an offer to study.

Admissions information

Our undergraduate admissions policy provides the basis for admissions practice across the University and gives a framework for how we encourage, consider applications and admit students.

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Course location and contact details

Campus location

Stag Hill

Stag Hill is the University's main campus and where the majority of our courses are taught. 

Placement location

As part of this course you have the option to complete a Professional Training placement which would require attendance off campus, depending on where you secure your placement.

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