BSc Mathematics and Economics*

  • UCAS
  • Entry requirements
    A-level: BBB
  • Length
    3 years full time 6 years part time
  • Department
    Computing, Institute of Management Studies

Course overview

In this new programme for September 2018 you will gain specialist knowledge in both Mathematics and Economics which are both very desirable subjects to employers. The mathematics element of the programme will be tailored to draw upon the Computing Department’s strength in Data Analysis and will concentrate on the branches of mathematics most applicable in an economics context.

Students on this programme will also learn data-rich programming. This is just one of the ways that this is a particularly hands-on, practical programme. Goldsmiths Computing Department is internationally known for its creative approach to computation and to data analysis and visualisation. In this programme, students will learn to create systems with the potential to solve real-world economic problems.

The economics element allows you to investigate economics from different theoretical and empirical perspectives, developing an understanding of the social and business context of economics today. You will start with the core subjects in microeconomics and macroeconomics. You will go on to to explore economics in new and imaginative ways informed by our current research. The Institute of Management Studies has academics doing research not only in Economics and Political Economy, but also in Consumer Theory, Management, Business Psychology, Strategy, Innovation and Entrepreneurship. But the research community with which you will come in contact with is much larger, as it includes leading experts from Sociology, Psychology, Computing, Media Studies, History, Politics, and other departments teaching optional modules in your second and third year.

Graduates will have a good foundation in modern economics and a strong background in data literacy. They will be equipped to begin in great variety of environments, such as accountancy firms, banking, government agencies, consultancy firms, and have many possible careers in fields such as accountancy, actuarial studies, data analytics and financial planning.

The programme is made up of a combination of modules in pure mathematics, economics, statistical analysis, and applied programming.

Contact the department

If you have specific questions about the degree, contact Robert Zimmer

Modules & structure


Year 1


Data Analytics (30 credits)

Mathematical Reasoning* (15 credits)


Introductory Economics (30 credits)

Mathematics for Economics and Business (15 credits)

Further Mathematics for Economics (15 credits)

Economic Reasoning (15 credits)

Year 2 


Statistics, Data Analysis and Visualisation* (30 Credits)

Linear Algebra* (30 credits)

Advanced Calculus/Real Analysis* (15 credits)


Intermediate Microeconomics (15 credits)

Quantitative Economics (15 credits)

Applied Quantitative Economics (15 credits)


Optional Year-long Placement


Year 3

 Students will do a mixture of modules from the IMS and Computing. A student will be expected to do at least 30 credits from each department (there is a choice of core modules in Computing) but can otherwise choose freely.



Advanced pure mathematics* (30 credits)

Advanced mathematical methods* (30 credits) 


Topics in Mathematical Economics (15 credits)

International Economics (15 Credits)



 Modules with an * are new for 2018 and have not been approved

Optional Modules


Neural Networks (15 credits)

Data Mining (15 credits)

Computer Security (15 credits)

Machine Learning (15 credits)

Artificial Intelligence (15 credits)

Credits and levels of learning

An undergraduate honours degree is made up of 360 credits – 120 at Level 4, 120 at Level 5 and 120 at Level 6. If you are a full-time student, you will usually take Level 4 modules in the first year, Level 5 in the second, and Level 6 modules in your final year. A standard module is worth 30 credits. Some programmes also contain 15-credit half modules or can be made up of higher-value parts, such as a dissertation or a Major Project.

Please note that due to staff research commitments not all of these modules may be available every year.

Entry requirements

A-level: BBB

Equivalent qualifications
We accept a wide range of qualifications equivalent to the ones listed above.

If your qualifications are from another country, find out more about the qualifications we accept from around the world

English language requirements
If English isn’t your first language, you’ll need to meet our English language requirements to study with us. 

For this programme we require:

IELTS 6.0 with a 6.0 in writing and no element lower than 5.5

If you need assistance with your English language, we offer a range of courses that can help prepare you for degree-level study.

Read more about our general entrance requirements


Computing at Goldsmiths is ranked: 3rd in London* 17th in the UK for the quality of our research** and in the world's elite***


The Department of Computing offers a creative, contemporary and pioneering approach to the discipline.

From developing computers that can compose music and paint pictures, to defining and implementing new social media tools and applications, we aim to invigorate computing and the world around it.

Learn by doing

We place a great emphasis on creativity, independence and ‘learning by doing’. You’ll focus on practical work in real-world situations, carrying out projects in ways that mirror industry practice.

Interdisciplinary approach

We also promote an interdisciplinary approach to the subject: from business to digital arts, and from games programming to learning Mandarin.

Industry experts

You’ll be taught by industry experts – our academics are deeply engaged in current research, with many applying their knowledge and skills to developing cutting-edge technology. And we have close links with industry, too, regularly inviting leading professionals to deliver lectures and talks.

Find out more about the Department of Computing.

*Guardian University League Tables 2017
**Research Excellence Framework 2014, Times Higher Education research intensity subject rankings
***QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017

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Institute of Management Studies

The Institute of Management Studies fuses Goldsmiths’ academic rigour and creative culture with industry-informed research and core strengths in management, economics and psychology.

Our degrees

Our degree programmes focus on training you how to lead people, create business opportunities, and understand and influence consumers.

Our staff

Our teaching staff include leaders and entrepreneurs who have set up and run their own successful ventures, and who carry out leading research in economics, political economy, leadership, psychology, and complementary disciplines like design and sociology.

Our connections with industry

We also have connections with leaders in the creative and cultural industries, social enterprises and business, and regularly invite guest speakers to the department. Recent visitors include fashion designer Sir Paul Smith and ‘city superwoman’ Nicola Horlick.

Find out more about the Institute of Management Studies.

Skills & careers

Graduates of this programme will be well equipped for a number of careers, including financial careers like actuarial studies and accounting.  You’ll be a rounded graduate with skills in data literacy which are increasingly sought by employers and used in a number of work settings including accountancy, actuarial studies, data analytics and financial planning.


There is the option of a sandwich year with an employer if you want to add to your skill set.

Fees & funding

Find out more about applying.

*New programme: Subject to validation
Please note: 'subject to validation' means that we will be offering this degree providing it is approved by the Goldsmiths Academic Board.

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