Typical A-level offer
BBB with B in Mathematics
In choosing to study the Economics with Mathematics Degree at Aberystwyth University, you will be taught in two academic departments which are highly-rated for the quality of their research. The Economics with Mathematics Degree will equip you with the advanced mathematical and statistical techniques applicable to the economic analysis of real-world problems, and will be highly regarded by companies and employers at local and national level. In addition to the core subject knowledge and key skills specific to the discipline, a varied range of teaching styles and practical exercises will equip you with generic skills in research, analysis, reporting and practice - powerful tools with which to pursue your chosen career.
Aberystwyth Business School: 91% overall student satisfaction (NSS 2018)
97% of our graduates were in work or further study within 6 months, 3% more than Business and Administrative Studies graduates nationally (HESA 2018*)
Department of Mathematics: Top in the UK for teaching quality for the subject of Mathematics. (The Good University Guide 2018, The Times & Sunday Times).
100% student satisfaction for the Department of Mathematics. (NSS 2018)
96% of our graduates were in work or further study within 6 months, 4% more than Mathematical Science graduates nationally (HESA 2018*)
The Economics with Mathematics Degree is a major/minor scheme meaning that you will spend two-thirds of your time studying Economics in the Aberystwyth Business School and one-third studying Mathematics in the Department of Mathematics.
Why study Economics with Mathematics at Aberystwyth?
The Aberystwyth Business School has an excellent reputation for the quality of its courses and for the success of its graduates across a wide variety of careers and contexts. Our lecturers are actively engaged in academic and policy-oriented research and consulting. Many have a business, as well as an academic, background allowing us to inform you of the latest developments in your subject area and pass on a practical awareness of the contemporary business environment. Our programmes are supported by visiting speakers who also bring their professional expertise to the classroom.
Teaching in the Aberystwyth Business School is underpinned by research. Our academic staff publish their work in leading academic journals and regularly act as consultants to a range of organic organisations who have significant strengths in areas such as entrepreneurship, human resource management, international business and operations and supply chain management. In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (2014) assessment the university was placed in the top 50 institutions for research power and intensity. It submitted 77% of eligible staff and 95% of the university's research was of an internationally recognised standard.
As well as being active researchers, our lecturers have a professional economics background, so that by applying their real-world knowledge to theoretical concepts, your learning experience is firmly located in the context of proper professional practice. We also believe strongly in a teaching model which requires active student involvement rather than passive information-gathering, ensuring that you can meet the demands of potential employers on graduation.
The Aberystwyth Business has arrangements with many partner universities overseas to deliver short academic programmes (2 weeks) to small groups of management and business students (on a self-funding basis), to enable you to experience the impact of the cultural environment when conducting business abroad. We currently have partner universities in India, China, Russia, Japan, the United Arab Emirates and Brazil and our portfolio of countries is rapidly expanding.
The Department of Mathematics maintained its position as one of the best departments in Wales in the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF2014). The department returned almost 90% of our staff, the highest proportion of any Welsh mathematics department. Results show that 1 in 8 of our research outputs are world leading, and more than 60% are either world leading or internationally excellent. All of our research and the impact it has outside universities, was judged to be of international standard.
A number of Mathematics modules are available through the medium of Welsh. Further details may be obtained from the Department of Mathematics.
Students at the Aberystwyth Business School are taught by lecturers and other teaching staff who are active researchers and expert practitioners in their chosen subject area.
Over 75% of full time members of teaching staff are qualified to PhD level. Most are currently research active, meaning that students benefit from being taught ‘new’ knowledge in their chosen field of study as well as recognized literature. The School also employs part-time and full time staff devoted purely to teaching. Many part-time staff combine teaching duties with consultancy and business activities, ensuring that students have access not only to up to date research but the latest applied knowledge.
All lecturers in the Department of Mathematics are qualified to PhD level and are research active. The majority have a postgraduate teaching qualification and new staff are required to complete the PGCTHE. The department also employs a number of part time tutors, with extensive teaching experience, and some student demonstrators, who are selected from our undergraduate and postgraduate students.
Please note: The modules listed below are those currently intended for delivery during the next academic year and may be subject to change. They are included here to give an indication of how the course is structured.
- Algebra *
- Economic Principles and Skills 1
- Economic Principles and Skills 2
- Mathematics for Economics and Finance 1
- Mathematics for Economics and Finance 2
- Statistics for Economists
* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh
A degree in Economics with Mathematics is highly rated by employers and your enhanced numerical skills and capacity for logical and analytical thought will be advantageous in any employment situation. Specialist career pathways open to you will include chartered accountant, chartered certified accountant, chartered management accountant, chartered public finance accountant or economist. Other options include investment analyst, financial risk analyst and actuary, or areas within the Civil Service, Diplomatic Service or local government.
Studying for a degree in Economics with Mathematics will equip you with a range of transferable skills which are highly valued by employers. These include:
• enhanced numerical skills
• the ability to research, interpret and analyse business and financial data
• the ability to express ideas and communicate information in a clear and structured manner, in both written and oral form
• effective problem-solving
• analytical and creative thinking skills
• the ability to work independently
• time-management and organisational skills, including the ability to meet deadlines
• self-motivation and self-reliance
• team-working, with the ability to discuss concepts in groups, accommodating different ideas and reaching agreement
In addition you will gain:
• an understanding of organisational behaviour and structure
• an appreciation of the causes and effects of economic and other external changes
Year in Employment scheme (YES)
The University operates a Year in Employment Scheme (YES), which offers you a fantastic opportunity to take a year out between your second and third year to work in an organisation in the UK or overseas. YES provides a very rewarding and worthwhile experience, both personally and professionally, and can help you to stand out from the crowd in a very competitive job market. The University’s Career Service will help you to explore your options and secure a suitable work placement.
Teaching & Learning
What will I learn?
In the first year you will develop an understanding of the essential principles which will underpin your study of economics throughout the three years of your degree. Through modules in mathematics and statistics for economists, you will acquire specialist financial mathematical skills which will complement the traditional subjects that you will learn in your Mathematics minor, such as algebra and calculus. You will have the option to undertake a career planning module as part of your course, which will enhance your employability prospects and enable you to develop valuable transferable skills.
In the second year you will have the opportunity to apply the economics principles learned in your first year to the policy implications of economic theory. You will develop your understanding of economic interpretation, combining the study of applied and theoretical aspects of the subject in core modules on macroeconomics, microeconomics and econometrics. In Mathematics you will follow one of two pathways: the first incorporates real and complex analysis and linear algebra; the second is based around statistics and statistical methods.
In the third year you will build on your core understanding of microeconomics and macroeconomics, while sharpening your skills through consideration of particular applications of economic theory. You will develop a deeper understanding of the latest research in economics through advanced economics topics, and a choice of elective modules will enable you to focus on the areas of greatest interest to you. You will be able to shape your own mathematics programme through careful selection of optional modules.
How will I be taught?
You will be taught through a complementary set of teaching and learning methods and approaches, ranging from formal lectures, seminars and tutorials to practicals and problem-solving classes, incorporating individual and group-based project work. These will help you to deepen your understanding of the subject matter and develop a range of essential, transferable skills. Group-working and delivering presentations will help you to improve your communication and leadership skills. All modules are backed up by electronic resources to help you study beyond the classroom, and a wealth of printed texts is available in the University library, and the National Library of Wales, which is situated next to the main campus.
You will be assessed by a variety of methods, including examinations, assessed essays, reports, projects and presentations. Coursework will develop your capacity to research, analyse and present data clearly and coherently, while seminars will help you hone your presentation and communication skills.
You will be assigned a personal tutor throughout your degree course, who will help you with any problems or queries, whether these are academic-related or personal issues. You should feel free to contact them at any time for help and advice.
You will also have the opportunity to complete a Personal Development Plan (PDP) at Aberystwyth. This is a structured process of self-appraisal, reflection, and planning, which will enable you to chart your personal, academic and professional development throughout your time at university. By recording your academic performance, and highlighting the skills you already have and those you will need for future employability, the PDP portfolio will equip you with the necessary tools to plan effectively, develop successful approaches to study, and consider your future career options and aspirations.
I enjoy learning about how the economy works. How money isn't just printed out at any time, but is controlled by the government. Economics allows me to understand the fundamental problems that all societies face. Moreover, it focuses on the interaction of the market and people, how economic agents behave or interact, and how the economy works. Fon Yih Young
Maths is a great course with really friendly and approachable lecturers. The content is always really interesting, but challenging to the right extent. The whole department works effectively to offer all the facilities needed to gain a good degree. Jennifer O'Neil
Typical Entry Requirements
A Levels BBB with B in Mathematics
GCSE requirements (grade C min):
English or Welsh, Mathematics
BTEC National Diploma:
DMM with B in A level Mathematics
28 points overall with 4-5 points in Mathematics at Higher Level
75% overall with 75% in Mathematics
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