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BSc Mathematics and Economics


UCAS code: GL11

Programme requirement:
 A level pass at grade A* in Mathematics or International Baccalaureate Diploma with 7 in Higher level Mathematics

Usual standard offer: A level: grades A* A A with an A* in Mathematics. Further Mathematics A level is highly recommended. Students not taking Further Mathematics to A level will normally be required to achieve grade A in Further Mathematics AS level in addition to A* (Mathematics) A A at A level

International Baccalaureate: Diploma with 38 points including 7 6 6 at Higher level (with 7 in Mathematics)

Other qualifications are considered

For further details, see lse.ac.uk/ug/apply/mth

Applications 2015:

First year students 2015:

This programme is balanced fairly evenly between mathematics and economics. For a major/minor degree with more emphasis on mathematics, please see BSc Mathematics with Economics.

First year:

Second year:

(* half unit)

Third year:

  • An advanced option in mathematical economics
  • One mathematics option
  • One economics, mathematics or finance option
  • One other option

Please note that not every course is available each year and that some courses may only be available with the permission of the course convenor and/or may be subject to space.

You can find the most up-to-date list of optional courses in the Programme Regulations section of the current School Calendar.

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Programme details

First year

You take four compulsory foundation courses. You will take Economics A or Economics B, depending on your economics background. Economics B is only for students with A level Economics or equivalent. Elementary Statistical Theory is also an introductory level course. Mathematical Methods will continue your A level studies (or similar) and includes calculus and linear algebra. Introduction to Abstract Mathematics will give you an introduction to modern mathematics with emphasis on careful reasoning.

Second year 

In the second year, you take two compulsory courses, one in Microeconomic Principles and another in Further Mathematical Methods, which build on your first year studies and reinforce your understanding of economics and mathematics, whilst underlining the connections between the two subjects. Microeconomic Principles I is an intermediate course in microeconomic analysis. Microeconomic Principles II has a greater mathematical facility. Further Mathematical Methods covers calculus and linear algebra. You also take another course from: Macroeconomic Principles, Principles of Econometrics and Principles of Finance. Macroeconomic Principles is an intermediate course in macroeconomic analysis. Principles of Econometrics is an intermediate level introduction to the theory and practice of econometrics. Principles of Finance examines the theory of financial decision-making by firms and examines the behaviour of the capital markets in which these decisions are taken.

You will take a half unit course in Real Analysis, following on from the Introduction to Abstract Mathematics course in the first year, and another half unit in either Algebra and Number Theory, Differential Equations, Discrete Mathematics or Optimisation Theory. Real Analysis is a course in real analysis for those who have already met the basic concepts of sequences and continuity. Algebra and Number Theory develops the study of abstract algebraic structures. Differential Equations concentrates on the theory and qualitative analysis of (ordinary) differential equations, although some solution techniques are also considered. Discrete Mathematics covers some of the main concepts and techniques of discrete mathematics together with its applications. Optimisation Theory describes various techniques of optimisation, gives a mathematical presentation of the relevant theory, and shows how they can be applied.

Third year

In the third year you take one course in advanced mathematical economics. Your additional options total three course units: these must include two half unit courses in mathematics, and another in either mathematics or economics or finance. You can take one of any suitable courses taught at LSE, subject to the approval of the course tutor.