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Economics and Mathematics BSc

Department of Economics

School of Mathematics and Statistics

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Course description

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This three-year dual honours degree combines the study of economics and mathematics with an emphasis on advanced technical skills.

The first year is similar to that of the BSc Economics course. You'll study economic theory and techniques, alongside mathematics modules. In the second and third year, the split between the two subjects is roughly equal.

The two subjects complement each other. You'll develop the analytical skills essential for economists to make sound judgements. Mathematics adds another dimension to your experience, making you a highly effective thinker and problem-solver.

The degree is flexible enough for you to choose a range of modules in mathematics and economics, as well as modules from other disciplines.

Degrees with employment experience

We offer you the chance to do a year-long work placement, starting after your second year. This is a great opportunity to get paid work experience with some of the UK's top employers who want to recruit the best students from Sheffield. Recent placements have been with Bank of England, Lloyds Bank, IBM, ASOS and Mercedes-Benz.

Dual and combined honours degrees

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Modules

The modules listed below are examples from the last academic year. There may be some changes before you start your course. For the very latest module information, check with the department directly.

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Title: Economics and Mathematics BSc course structure
UCAS code: LG11
Years: 2021, 2022, 2023

Economics core module:

Economic Analysis and Policy

This is a compulsory module for all single and dual honours students in Economics. The module provides students with an introduction to microeconomic and macroeconomic analysis together with examples of their application in order to develop students' understanding of the roles of both in economic policy making.

40 credits

Mathematics core modules:

Mathematics Core 1

The module explores topics in mathematics which will be used throughout many degree programmes. The module will consider techniques for solving equations, special functions, calculus (differentiation and integration), differential equations, Taylor series, complex numbers and finite and infinite series. The course will use mathematical packages, for example MAPLE, as appropriate to illustrate ideas.

20 credits
Mathematics Core II

The module continues the study of core mathematical topics begun in MAS110, which will be used throughout many degree programmes. The module will discuss 2-dimensional co-ordinate geometry, discussing the theory of matrices geometrically and algebraically, and will define and evaluate derivatives and integrals for functions which depend on more than one variable, with an emphasis on functions of two variables. The course will use mathematical packages, for example MAPLE, as appropriate to illustrate ideas.

20 credits
Introduction to Probability and Statistics

The module provides an introduction to the fields of probability and statistics, which form the basis of much of applicable mathematics and operations research. The theory behind probability and statistics will be introduced, along with examples occurring in diverse areas. Some of the computational statistical work may make use of the statistics package R.

20 credits
Numbers and Groups

The module provides an introduction to more specialised Pure Mathematics. The first half of the module will consider techniques of proof, and these will be demonstrated within the study of properties of integers and real numbers. The second semester will study symmetries of objects, and develop a theory of symmetries which leads to the more abstract study of groups.

20 credits

The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it's up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research; funding changes; professional accreditation requirements; student or employer feedback; outcomes of reviews; and variations in staff or student numbers. In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption. We are no longer offering unrestricted module choice. If your course included unrestricted modules, your department will provide a list of modules from their own and other subject areas that you can choose from.

Learning and assessment

Learning

The course will give you an advanced understanding of economics and mathematics where you will gain advanced technical skills. Your time is split roughly equally between the two subjects, where you'll study mathematics theory and analytical techniques and apply these to economics and areas of economic policy.

You'll learn through attending lectures, online videos, interactive workshops, tutorials and computer labs.

We invest to create the right environment for you. That means outstanding facilities, study spaces and support, including 24/7 online access to our online library service.

Study spaces and computers are available to offer you choice and flexibility for your study. Our five library sites give you access to over 1.3 million books and periodicals. You can access your library account and our rich digital collections from anywhere on or off campus. Other library services include study skills training to improve your grades, and tailored advice from experts in your subject.

Learning support facilities and library opening hours

Assessment

You'll be assessed mainly through exams. But you'll also complete written coursework, computer based assignments, research projects, presentations and reports.

Programme specification

This tells you the aims and learning outcomes of this course and how these will be achieved and assessed.

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Entry requirements

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Standard offer
Access Sheffield offer

The A Level entry requirements for this course are:
AAB
including A in Maths

The A Level entry requirements for this course are:
ABB
including Maths

A Levels + additional qualifications | ABB, including A in Maths + B in a relevant EPQ ABB, including A in Maths + B in a relevant EPQ

International Baccalaureate | 34, 6 in Higher Level Maths 33 with 5 in Higher Level Maths

BTEC | DD + grade A in A Level Maths DM + A in Maths

Scottish Highers + 1 Advanced Higher | AAABB + A in Maths AABBB + B in Maths

Welsh Baccalaureate + 2 A Levels | B + AA, including Maths B + AB, including Maths

Access to HE Diploma | 60 credits overall including 45 at Level 3 including 36 at Distinctions and 6 credits at Merits 60 credits overall including 45 at Level 3 including 30 at Distinctions and 15 credits at Merits

Mature students - explore other routes for mature students

English language requirements

You must demonstrate that your English is good enough for you to successfully complete your course. For this course we require: GCSE English Language at grade 4/C; IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component; or an alternative acceptable English language qualification

Equivalent English language qualifications

Visa and immigration requirements

We also accept a range of other UK qualifications and other EU/international qualifications.

If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the department.

Department of Economics

We have an international reputation for practical and real-world economics. You'll be taught by some of the top economic experts in their field and you'll receive the latest cutting-edge teaching from people that care passionately about their subject. Our staff advise government departments in the UK such as the Department for Work and Pensions, the Department for Education and the Low Pay Commission. Their expertise helps shape government policies and aims to improve people's lives.

We're one of the few stand alone economics departments in the north of England. Our graduates are in demand by some of the country's top economics employers such as the Bank of England, PwC, IBM and HM Treasury. We're large enough to offer a wide variety of optional specialised modules, but small enough so that you will get to know your tutors personally and build life-long friendships with the other students on your course.

Department of Economics students are based in the heart of the campus in 9 Mappin Street. You'll have some of your tutorials in the small classrooms in this building and lectures in locations across the campus.

Facilities

Our state-of-the-art classrooms are in the same building as our staff offices. You'll also have your own social space with computer access.

Department of Economics

School of Mathematics and Statistics

Students in a maths lecture

Staff in the School of Mathematics and Statistics work on a wide range of topics, from the most abstract research on topics like algebraic geometry and number theory, to the calculations behind animal movements and black holes. They’ll guide you through the key concepts and techniques that every mathematician needs to understand and give you a huge range of optional modules to choose from.

The department is based in the Hicks Building, which has classrooms, lecture theatres, computer rooms and social spaces for our students. It’s right next door to the Students' Union, and just down the road from the 24/7 library facilities at the Information Commons and the Diamond.

School of Mathematics and Statistics

Why choose Sheffield?

The University of Sheffield

  A Top 100 university 2021
QS World University Rankings

  Top 10% of all UK universities
Research Excellence Framework 2014

  No 1 Students' Union in the UK
Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2019, 2018, 2017


Department of Economics

Top 10 in the Russell Group for overall student satisfaction

National Student Survey 2020


School of Mathematics and Statistics

3rd in the Russell Group for overall satisfaction

National Student Survey 2019


Graduate careers

Department of Economics

Some of our graduates become professional economists in government, industry or the City. Others enter related professions - banking, ‭insurance, accountancy, sales and marketing, and ‭retail management.

Recent graduates are now working for the Bank of England, HM Treasury, the European Parliament, PwC, Deloitte, IBM and Rolls Royce. Some prefer to advance their knowledge by studying economics at postgraduate level.

School of Mathematics and Statistics

There will always be a place for maths graduates in banking, insurance, pensions, and financial districts from the City of London to Wall Street. Big engineering companies still need people who can crunch the numbers to keep planes in the sky and trains running on time too. But the 21st century has also created new career paths for our students.

Smartphones, tablets, social networks and streaming services all use software and algorithms that need mathematical brains behind them. In the age of ‘big data’, everyone from rideshare apps to high street shops is gathering information that maths graduates can organise, analyse and interpret. The same technological advances have created new challenges and opportunities in cybersecurity and cryptography.

If the maths itself is what interests you, a PhD can lead to a career in research. Mathematicians working in universities and research institutes are trying to find rigorous proofs for conjectures that have challenged pure mathematicians for decades, or are doing the calculations behind major experiments, like the ones running on the Large Hadron Collider at CERN.

What if I want to work outside mathematics?

A good class of degree from a top university can take you far, whatever you want to do. We have graduates using their mathematical training in everything from teaching and management to advertising and publishing.

Fees and funding

Fees

Additional costs

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Examples of what’s included and excluded

Funding your study

Depending on your circumstances, you may qualify for a bursary, scholarship or loan to help fund your study and enhance your learning experience.

Use our Student Funding Calculator to work out what you’re eligible for.

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