BSc (Honours) in Economics and Mathematical Sciences
Online United Kingdom
3 - 6 years
Full time, Part time
GBP 6,924 / per year *
07 Sep 2023
Earliest start date
* cost per year full-time; £3,462 - cost per year part-time
If you enjoy solving problems and you’re interested in the practical application of economics and mathematics, this degree could be what you’re looking for. It'll give you a thorough grounding in mathematical, statistical and computational skills, and sound knowledge of both micro and macro-economic theory – together with a good understanding of economic issues. By the end of your studies, you'll have a level of numeracy and understanding of the commercial and economic environment that's in short supply to employers.
Key features of the course
- Explores fundamental questions about our physical and economic world
- Teaches analytical and model building skills applicable to a variety of contexts
- Develops essential skills to solve real problems and make sound judgments – from everyday choices about personal finances to high-level strategic decisions in employment
- Broadens your experience of using appropriate mathematical and statistical software
We make all our qualifications as accessible as possible and have a comprehensive range of services to support all our students. The BSc (Honours) Economics and Mathematical Sciences uses a variety of study materials and has the following elements:
- a mixture of printed and online material – online learning resources may include websites, audio/video media clips, and interactive activities such as online quizzes
- face-to-face tutorials/day schools/workshops and/or online tutorials
- using mathematical and scientific expressions, notations and associated techniques
- using and/or producing diagrams and/or screenshots
- working in a group with other students
- using technology for research purposes involving access to catalogues and databases online
- finding external/third party material online
- continuous and end-of-module assessment in the form of essays, short answer questions, and in some cases an examination
- using feedback: continuous assessment involves receiving detailed feedback on your work from your tutor and using this feedback to improve your performance
- engagement with learning and assessment within a pre-determined schedule or timetable – time management will be needed during your studies and the University will help you to develop these skills throughout your degree
- some modules may require you to use specialist software
This qualification develops your learning in four main areas:
- Knowledge and understanding
- Cognitive skills
- Practical and professional skills
- Key skills
The level and depth of your learning gradually increase as you work through the qualification. You’ll be supported throughout by the OU’s unique style of teaching and assessment – which includes a personal tutor to guide and comment on your work; top quality course texts; e-learning resources like podcasts, interactive media and online materials; tutorial groups and community forums.
This degree has three stages, each comprising 120 credits.
- In Stage 1 you’ll be introduced to the basics of economics, mathematics and statistics.
- Next, in Stage 2, you’ll study modules covering economics, statistical analysis and mathematical methods.
- Finally, in Stage 3, you’ll further advance your knowledge of statistics and economics and conclude your degree with a mathematics module chosen from a range of options.
Before you register it is essential to check you have the mathematical skills to study at this level. We have created two quizzes to help determine your mathematical level.
Prepare for OU study with an Access module
We offer two starting points depending on how confident you are or how long it’s been since you last studied. Choose to dive straight in at Stage 1, or if you’d prefer some extra preparation, you can get started with an optional Access module.