BSc Mathematics and Economics (study locally)
Gain the tools you need to launch a career as an economist in industry, finance or government and build transferrable skills valued by employers worldwide. Learn to combine mathematics with statistics and economics and explore how mathematical theories can be used in an economics context.
World-class academic direction from LSE
Benefit from a University of London degree with a syllabus developed by leading academics at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), a global research hub consistently ranked among the top institutions in the world.
Extensive learning resources
Enrich your learning with resources written by academics appointed by LSE including a study guide, programme handbook and much more. Consult a wealth of academic resources through the Online Library and find all your course material in the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).
Receive a UK education without relocating
Gain a life-changing education without having to relocate to study on campus in London. Benefit from face-to-face teaching and classroom support at one of our Recognised Teaching Centres worldwide and receive a prestigious University of London qualification with no relocation or accommodation costs.
Your launchpad to career success
Emerge as a well-rounded economist ready to interpret abstract questions into quantifiable solutions. Gain the skills and knowledge you need to embark on postgraduate study in a related area or start a meaningful career as an economist in the financial sector, industry or government.
Join our global alumni community
Join graduates in over 190 countries, including distinguished academics, writers and industry leaders across all sectors. Cultivate a lifelong connection to the University of London and enjoy wide-ranging benefits including access to events across the world, free online courses and more.
A global education pioneer
The University of London is the world’s oldest provider of degrees through distance and flexible learning. Since Queen Victoria awarded our Royal Charter in 1858, our study programmes have been accessible to students globally, and we continue to be a leading force in higher education.
Teaching Centre Support
General entry requirements
You complete 12 courses.
The Programme Specification and Programme Regulations contain information and rules regarding what courses you can choose and the order in which they must be studied.
ST1215 Introduction to Mathematical Statistics is now an option at point 2 (an option alongside of ST104A/ST104B.
(ST104a - Half course)
(ST104b - Half course)
(MT2176 - Half course)
(MT2175 - Half course)
One 300 course (or two half courses) from Selection group N plus
One 300 course from Selection group E plus
One 300 course (or two half courses) from Selection groups E or N
Selection group AB [Level 200 and 300 courses]
Selection group D [Level 200 and 300 courses]
Selection group E [Level 200 and 300 courses]
Selection group F1 [Level 100 courses]
(MT105a - Half course)
(MT105b - Half course)
(ST104a - Half course)
(ST104b - Half course)
Selection group F2 [Level 100 courses]
Selection group G [Level 200 and 300 courses]
Selection group IR [Level 200 and 300 courses]
Selection group IS [Level 200 and 300 courses]
Selection group L [Level 200 and 300 courses]
Selection group M [Level 200 and 300 courses]
Selection group N [Level 200 and 300 courses]
(ST2133 - Half course)
(ST2134 - Half course)
(MT2176 - Half course)
(MT2175 - Half course)
(MT3040 - Half course)
(MT3042 - Half course)
(MT3043 - Half course)
Selection group P [Level 200 and 300 courses]
Selection group S [Level 200 and 300 courses]
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 and Political Science (LSE) are available to study fully supported online.
Your study materials are available through the Student Portal and are specially written by academics appointed by LSE. These include a Student Guide and the programme handbook; online course materials for each course studied; past examination papers and examiners’ commentaries; and Programme Regulations containing full details of syllabuses, programme structures and degree classification criteria.
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. As a student at the University of London, you will have access to a range of resources, databases, and journals via the Online Library. You will be able to contact a team of professional and qualified librarians for any help you require.
Senate House Library
- If you’re based in the United Kingdom, or are visiting London, make sure to visit Senate House Library. Students studying with the University of London can join the library free of charge. Membership includes a 10-book borrowing allowance, access to all reading rooms and study areas, and on-site access to Senate House Library digital resources.
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.
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.
LSE provides academic direction for this programme. LSE is regarded as an international centre of academic excellence and innovation in the social sciences.
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.
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 earn credit equivalent to one course on the degree. As a student on this programme you will receive a 15 per cent discount on tuition fees to attend the LSE Summer School.
Full details and how to apply are available on the LSE Summer School website.
|Programme starts||November 2023|
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 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.
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.
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 to be able to view video material and a media player (such as VLC) to play video files.
If you have studied material as part of a previous qualification that is comparable in content, level and standard to our EMFSS modules, you might be exempted from the equivalent course of our degree. This is known as Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) or Exemption. You will not need to study or be assessed in the module(s) to complete your award.
To be considered for RPL you should make a formal request within your application when applying online. Alternatively, this can be done through an online enquiry, once you have submitted your application.
This is available for both Standard Entry Route and Graduate Entry Route.
We will not consider any application for RPL if you have already entered the exam for the course concerned.
Some qualifications are automatically recognised as meeting the learning outcomes of our courses. If you satisfy the conditions, make a formal request and supply the necessary evidence, we will accredit your prior learning as detailed here: Recognition of Prior Learning degrees in EMFSS. No fees are charged for this service.
Other qualifications will need to be assessed;' by specialist academics on a case by case basis, before we can potentially approve RPL. A formal application is required and an RPL application fee is payable. The RPL application fee is non-refundable, even if your prior learning is not recognised. Further details can be found here.
Note: The application/ request for Discretionary RPL and all required supporting evidence must be received before the deadlines stated, in the year that you apply, to be processed.
|Discretionary RPL application key dates|
|Submit RPL request by||1 October 2023|
|Submit supporting evidence by||15 October 2023|
Fees, funding and payment
The fees below relate to new students registering for the 2020-2021 session. On average, fees are subject to a five per cent year-on-year increase.
Students who registered earlier can view their fees on the Course Fees page.
|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).
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.
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.
Without the cost of moving to London, studying for your University of London diploma anywhere in the world represents excellent value for money. However, there may be additional sources of support depending on where you live.
You’ll have access to a wide range of careers and employability support through the University of London Careers Service, including live webinars and online drop-in sessions.
Tailored support for careers in the refugee and humanitarian fields is available through regular programme events, webinars and careers resources.
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.