Undergraduate prospectus

  • Start date: September 2017

Mathematics with Economics BSc

This BSc is designed for students who are interested in making mathematics their major area of study but who would also like to obtain knowledge and an understanding of general economics and related subjects such as commerce and business. No previous knowledge of economics is required.

Key information

UCAS code
3 years
Application deadline
15 January 2017
Applications per place
8 (2015 entry)*
Total intake
212 (2017 entry)*
* Figures relate to Mathematics subject area

Entry requirements

A levels

A*A*A, or A*AA and a 1 in any STEP paper or distinction in Mathematics AEA
Mathematics and Further Mathematics required at A*, or Mathematics at A* and Further Mathematics at A if STEP or AEA offered.
English Language and Mathematics at grade C. For UK-based students, a grade C or equivalent in a foreign language (other than Ancient Greek, Biblical Hebrew or Latin) is required. UCL provides opportunities to meet the foreign language requirement following enrolment, further details at: www.ucl.ac.uk/ug-reqs

IB Diploma

A score of 20 points in three higher level subjects including 7 in Mathematics, or 19 points in three higher level subjects including 7 in Mathematics and a 1 in any STEP paper or a distinction in Mathematics AEA, with no score below 5.

UK applicants qualifications

For entry requirements with other UK qualifications accepted by UCL, choose your qualification from the list below:

Equivalent qualification

Not acceptable for entrance to this programme

Pass in Access to HE Diploma, with a minimum of 33 credits awarded with Distinction in the Level 3 units, or 28 credits awarded with Distinction in the Level 3 units and a 1 in any STEP paper or a Distinction in AEA, the remainder of the Level 3 units awarded with Merit.

D2,D2,D3 in three Cambridge Pre-U Principal Subjects, including Mathematics. Or D2,D3,D3 in three Cambridge Pre-U Principal Subject Certificates, including Mathematics and a 1 in any STEP paper

A1,A1,A at Advanced Highers (or A1,A1 at Advanced Higher and A,A,A at Higher) including Mathematics, or A1,A,A at Advanced Highers (or A1,A at Advanced Higher and A,A,A at Higher) including Mathematics and a 1 in any STEP paper

Successful completion of the WBQ Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate plus 2 GCE A-levels at grades A*A*A, or A*AA and a 1 in any STEP paper or Distinction in AEA. To include Maths and Further Maths.

International applications

In addition to A level and International Baccalaureate, UCL considers a wide range of international qualifications for entry to its undergraduate degree programmes.

Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates

The Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates (UPCs) are intensive one-year foundation courses for international students of high academic potential who are aiming to gain access to undergraduate degree programmes at UCL and other top UK universities.

Typical UPC students will be high achievers in a 12-year school system which does not meet the standard required for direct entry to UCL.

For more information see: www.ucl.ac.uk/upc.

English language requirements

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency. Information about the evidence required, acceptable qualifications and test providers can be found on our English language requirements page.

The English language level for this programme is: Standard

A variety of English language programmes are offered at the UCL Centre for Languages & International Education.

Degree benefits

  • Gain transferable skills such as numeracy, problem-solving and logical thinking, which can lead to a large variety of interesting, diverse and well-paid careers.
  • There are close and exciting connections between parts of economic theory and certain areas of abstract mathematics. Research interests of staff allow the possibility of advanced modules in this area.
  • Internationally renowned UCL Mathematics is home to world-leading researchers in a wide range of fields, especially geometry, spectral theory, number theory, fluid dynamics and mathematical modelling.
  • Three of the six British winners of the Fields medal (the mathematician's equivalent of the Nobel Prize) have associations with the department.

Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014

The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.

The following REF score was awarded to the department: Mathematics.

  • 82% rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)

Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.


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Degree structure

In each year of your degree you will take a number of individual modules, normally valued at 0.5 or 1.0 credits, adding up to a total of 4.0 credits for the year. Modules are assessed in the academic year in which they are taken. The balance of compulsory and optional modules varies from programme to programme and year to year. A 1.0 credit is considered equivalent to 15 credits in the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).

In the first two years you will receive a thorough grounding in analysis, algebra and mathematical methods, following the same modules as the single-subject Mathematics students taking 3.0 course credits a year. In place of the applied mathematics modules, you will take 1.0 credit of introductory economics each year (comprising both microeconomics and macroeconomics). Having laid the basic foundations there is a range of options in both mathematics and economics in the third year.

This programme is offered as a three-year BSc or a four-year MSci degree. The first two years of the programme are identical, and students are advised to apply for the MSci degree in the first instance, as it is possible to transfer to the BSc during the first three years.


An indicative guide to the structure of this programme, year by year.

Core or compulsory module(s)

Mathematics modules:
Algebra 1
Algebra 2
Analysis 1
Analysis 2
Mathematical Methods 1
Mathematical Methods 2

Economics modules:
Economics 1 (Combined Studies) (1.0 credit)

Optional modules

All first year modules are compulsory.

Core or compulsory module(s)

Mathematics modules:
Algebra 3: Further Linear Algebra
Analysis 3: Complex Analysis
Mathematical Methods 3

Economics modules:
Economics 2 (Combined Studies) (1.0 credit)

Optional modules

You will select three of the following options, to the value of 1.5 credits:

Algebra 4: Groups and Rings
Analysis 4: Real Analysis
Computational Methods
Geometry and Groups
Mathematical Methods 4
Number Theory
Probability and Statistics

One of the modules may be replaced by a half-credit outside option, subject to departmental approval.

Core or compulsory module(s)

All final-year modules are optional. Currently available Mathematics options are described on the UCL Mathematics website.

Optional modules

You will select:

2.0 credits from third-year Mathematics options
1.0 credit of suitable Economics options
1.0 credit of third-year Mathematics options or approved outside options. Please note that the outside options cannot include further Economics modules.

Your learning

Teaching is mainly carried out through lectures and small-group tutorials. Problem classes allow you to exercise the skills you have learned. In addition, an 'office hours' system for each course allows you to meet with tutors on a one-to-one basis to review parts of the course you find interesting or need clarifying. A Student Mentor Scheme runs in the department offering support and advice to first-years.


Most modules are assessed by two-hour written examinations in the third term, with a small element (10%) of coursework assessment.

Further Information

Detailed course descriptions are available on the department website: Mathematics with Economics BSc.


We aim to develop your skills in mathematical reasoning, problem-solving and accurate mathematical manipulation. You will also learn to handle abstract concepts and to think critically, argue logically and express yourself clearly.

A mathematics degree is highly valued by employers due to the skills in logical thinking, analysis, problem-solving and, of course, numeracy, that it develops.

Graduates have gone forward to use their mathematical skills in careers in the City of London, such as forecasting, risk analysis and trading, in financial services, such as accountancy, banking and insurance, and in scientific research, information technology and industry.

Further study, such as a Master's degree or a PGCE qualification, is another popular option.


First career destinations of recent graduates (2012-2014) of Mathematics with Economics programmes at UCL include:

  • Financial Analyst, Bank of America
  • Full-time student, MPhil in Finance and Economics at the University of Cambridge
  • Global Finance MA, George Washington University
  • Management and Production Manager, AIA International
  • Analyst, Bank of England

*Data taken from the 'Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education' survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2012-2014 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

The fees indicated are for undergraduate entry in the 2017/18 academic year and are for the first year of the programme at UCL only.

UK/EU students
£9,250 (2017/18)
Overseas students
£20,820 (2017/18)

The UK/EU fee quoted above may be subject to increase for the 2018/19 academic year and for each year of study thereafter and UCL reserves the right to increase its fees in line with UK government policy (including on an annual basis for each year of study during a programme). Fees for overseas students may be subject to an annual increase in subsequent years of study by up to 5%.

Please see the full details of UCL's fees and possible changes on the UCL Current Students website


Various funding options are available, including student loans, scholarships and bursaries. UK students whose household income falls below a certain level may also be eligible for a non-repayable bursary or for certain scholarships. Please see the Fees and funding pages for more details.

Departmental scholarships

The Scholarships and Funding website lists scholarships and funding schemes available to UCL students. These may be open to all students, or restricted to specific nationalities, regions or academic department.

Application and next steps

Your application

In addition to academic requirements, we expect you to demonstrate an understanding and enjoyment of the subject beyond the examined syllabus, through your reading and involvement in problem-solving activities. Evidence of your curiosity and perseverance in tackling puzzles, and your enjoyment of logical and abstract thinking, should be shown in your application.

How to apply

Application for admission should be made through UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). Applicants currently at school or college will be provided with advice on the process; however, applicants who have left school or who are based outside the United Kingdom may obtain information directly from UCAS.

Application deadline: 15 January 2017


If your application is sufficiently strong you will be invited to visit the department for an applicant afternoon. Alternatively, some invitations are for an academic interview. You will also be able to talk to current students and staff and will be given a tour.

The department is involved in the Year in Industry Scheme which involves deferring entry for a year to gain valuable work experience.

For further information on UCL's selection process see: Selection of students

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