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BSc Mathematics with Economics


UCAS code: G1L1

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 2014: 388

First year students 2014:

This programme is a major/minor in favour of mathematics. For a programme that is more evenly split, see BSc Mathematics and Economics

First year:

Second year:

(* half unit)

Third year:

  • An advanced option in mathematical economics
  • Options to the value of two units in mathematics or statistics
  • 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 core foundation courses. You have the choice of either Economics A or Economics B. Economics A provides a foundation in economics, primarily to those without significant background in the subject. Economics B is an introductory course in microeconomics and macroeconomics. Elementary Statistical Theory is also an introductory level course. Mathematical Methods will continue your A level (or similar) studies and includes calculus and linear algebra. Introduction to Abstract Mathematics will give you an introduction to modern abstract mathematics with emphasis on careful reasoning.

Second year

In the second year, you take two core courses, Microeconomic Principles and 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. You take either Microeconomic Principles I, an intermediate course in microeconomic analysis or Microeconomic Principles II which has a greater mathematical facility. Further Mathematical Methods covers calculus and linear algebra.

You will take a half unit course in Real Analysis, a course in real analysis for those who have already met the basic concepts of sequences and continuity. You will be able to broaden your mathematical knowledge by taking a further one and a half course units in mathematics (Algebra and Number Theory, Differential Equations, Discrete Mathematics, Optimisation Theory) or statistics (the full unit course Probability, Distribution Theory and Inference). Algebra and Number Theory follows on from the Introduction to Abstract Mathematics course in the first year. 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. Probability, Distribution Theory and Inference covers the probability, distribution theory and statistical inference needed for third year courses in statistics and econometrics.

Third year

In the third year you take one course in advanced mathematical economics. Your additional options total three course units. You can choose from mathematics, economics or statistics options, but your choice must include at least one unit in mathematics and no more than one unit of statistics. You can also take one outside option of any suitable course taught at LSE, subject to the approval of the course tutor.