Introductory Mathematics for Political Science

This information is for the 2019/20 session.

Teacher responsible

Emiel Awad


This course is available on the MSc in Political Science and Political Economy. This course is available with permission as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit.

This course is strongly recommended for MSc Political Economy and Political Science students. It is available for students from other programmes with permission of the instructor.

Course content

The aim of this pre-sessional course is to provide students with the essential mathematical background for the core courses in the MSc PSPE programme. The course will cover key concepts in algebra (definition of function, derivation, limits), maximization problems (constrained and unconstrained, Envelop and Implicit Function Theorems), and some notions of probability (Bayes' rule, random variables).


10 hours of lectures in the MT.

Please note that all the teaching for this course will take place in the first week of Michaelmas term.

Indicative reading

There is no required reading for this course. 

Key facts

Department: Government

Total students 2018/19: 32

Average class size 2018/19: Unavailable

Controlled access 2018/19: No

Value: Non-credit bearing

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

  • Problem solving
  • Application of numeracy skills
  • Specialist skills