Why study Mathematics and Economics at Warwick?
- We are one of the best Mathematics departments in the world, ranked 44th in the QS World University Rankings 2015/2016. League tables consistently rank us as one of the UK’s top Mathematics departments, and our degrees are internationally recognised.
- Our undergraduate Mathematics programme is distinguished by its academic excellence, flexibility and choice. All courses contain the same basic core of Mathematics in the first year, allowing easy specialisation later to almost all areas of Mathematics. You can also choose optional modules from other departments – up to 50% in later years of the BSc degree.
- Warwick Mathematics Institute is internationally renowned for the quality of its research and our undergraduate degree courses are continually evolving in light of the latest research developments. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), the Warwick Mathematics Institute and Warwick Statistics together were ranked 3rd in the UK, with more than 90% of our research activity assessed as either 'internationally excellent' or 'world leading'.
- You will also study in our Department of Economics, which is ranked second in The Complete University Guide 2016 league table and is one of the top Economics departments in the world. We are currently ranked in the top 30 in the QS World University Rankings 2015/2016 and in the UK top three by all major national league tables.
Why study at Warwick?
A view from our academics
What will I learn?
This challenging course is designed for students with a strong interest in, and aptitude for, Pure Mathematics, who wish to apply their mathematical skills to contemporary Economics. It offers you the opportunity to study some of the substantial developments in both economic theory and quantitative Economics that have resulted from the meeting of Mathematics and Economics in two of the most highly regarded departments in Europe in these disciplines.
You start your course in the Mathematics Institute, where you will gain a solid foundation of mathematical knowledge with an increasing proportion of Economics modules later in the course. These focus on applying your knowledge of structural models, and mathematical and graphical techniques enable you to understand and objectively debate complex world issues and trends.
You will also gain an understanding of economic analysis and quantitative methods. This knowledge and experience gives our graduates a competitive advantage and makes them highly sought after by employers. Many progress into careers in industry; others pursue postgraduate study and academic teaching and research. Your first year has the same core Mathematics content (75%) as the single honours Mathematics course, plus you will also take a core Economics module (25%). In your second year, you take core Mathematics modules (50%), alongside Macro – and Micro-Economics (25%) plus either Econometrics or Mathematical Economics (25%).
Your final year is spent in the Department of Economics, where you will design and implement an original research project and choose from modules on topics in economics, game theory and econometrics.
How will I learn?
Each module is usually taught in three one-hour lectures per week, and you typically study four or five modules per term. In your first year, you meet your supervisor (a graduate student or final year undergraduate) twice a week to discuss the course material and go over submitted work. In your second and third years, lecture modules are accompanied by weekly support classes. Your personal tutor provides a further layer of learning and pastoral support.
Our approach to teaching is forward-looking and often innovative. The first Analysis module is taught through structured group problem-solving. The Mathematics by Computer module is computer-based, introducing you to mathematical software that illustrates new concepts. The Experimental Mathematics module uses practical investigations into coupled pendula, soap films and nonlinear oscillators.
How will I be assessed?
Most modules are assessed by 15% coursework and 85% final examinations or by 100% exam, with almost all exams taken in the third term. Essays and projects, such as the final-year MMath project, are assessed by coursework and an oral presentation.
What opportunities are there for work experience or to study abroad?
We support student mobility through study abroad programmes and BSc students have the opportunity to apply for an intercalated year abroad at one of our partner universities. MMath students can spend their third year abroad in Europe and receive MMath with Study in Europe.
The Study Abroad Team based in the Office for Global Engagement offers support for these activities, and the Department’s dedicated Study Abroad Co-ordinator can provide more specific information and assistance. We would support any student wanting to spend an intercalated year in a mathematical role in industry.
A*AA + STEP
To include grade A* in A level Mathematics, grade A in A level Further Mathematics, grade A in one additional non-Maths A level and grade 1 in any STEP
A*A*A + STEP/ AEA
To include grade A* in A level Mathematics, grade A* in A level Further Mathematics and grade A in one additional non-Maths A level and grade 2 in any STEP/ Distinction in AEA Mathematics
To include A level Mathematics, Further Mathematics and a non-Maths subject
To include grade A* in A level Mathematics, grade A* in A level Further Mathematics and grades AA in two additional non-Maths A levels
International Baccalaureate 39 points overall including:
7,6,6 in three subjects at Higher Level including Mathematics
6, 6, 6 in three subjects at Higher Level including Mathematics plus grade 2 in any STEP or Distinction in AEA Mathematics
Other Qualifications We welcome applicants with non-standard qualifications or relevant experience, and applicants with other internationally recognised qualifications. For more information please visit the international entry requirements page.
Access Courses Access to HE Diploma (QAA- recognised) including appropriate subjects with distinction grades in level 3 units, and grade A* in A level Mathematics or equivalent. Typically, offers will also include a requirement in both a STEP paper and A level Further Mathematics.
Warwick International Foundation Programme (IFP) All students who successfully complete the Warwick IFP and apply to Warwick through UCAS will receive a guaranteed conditional offer for a related undergraduate programme (selected courses only). For full details of standard offers and conditions visit the IFP page.
General Studies/Critical Thinking Offers normally exclude General Studies and Critical Thinking.
Taking a gap year Applications for deferred entry are welcomed, but applicants are strongly advised to maintain and sharpen their mathematical competence during their year out.
Interviews We do not typically interview applicants.Offers are made based on your predicted and actual grades, along with your personal statement. Occasionally, some applicants may be interviewed, for example candidates returning to study or those with non-standard qualifications.
Open Days All applicants who receive an offer will be invited to a Departmental Open Day in January, February or March. Find out more about our main University Open Days and other opportunities to visit us.
What modules could I study?
First term core Mathematics modules may include Differential Equations; Analysis; Foundations and Abstract Algebra. Maths and Economics students also need to take Economics I and Maths and Philosophy students will take Decartes and Mills.
Optional modules may include Introduction to Geometry; Classical Mechanics and Relativity; Discrete Maths & its Applications; Introduction to Quantitative Economics (not Maths and Economics students); Issues in Philosophy and Statistical Laboratory.
* This is not an exhaustive list and the modules mentioned above may be subject to change. Please visit the department website for more detailed information.
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A*AA + STEP including A* in Mathematics, A in Further Mathematics and grade 1 in any STEP
A*A*A + STEP/ AEA including grade A* in Mathematics and Further Mathematics and grade 2 in any STEP/ Distinction in AEA Mathematics
A*A*A* including grade A* in Mathematics and
Further Mathematics and a non-Maths subject
A*A*AA including grade A* in Mathematics and Further Mathematics and AA in two non- Maths subjects
IB: 39 points including:
7,6,6 in three Higher Level subjects including Mathematics
6 in three Higher Level subjects including Mathematics, and grade 2 in any STEP/ Distinction in AEA Mathematics
Degree of Bachelor of Science (BSc)
3 years full time (30 weeks per academic year)
Location of study
University of Warwick, Coventry
£9,000 per year - find out more about fees and funding
Other course costs
There may be costs associated with other items or services such as academic texts, course notes, and trips associated with your course. For further information on the typical additional costs you should contact the department administering the course.
This information is applicable for 2017 entry.