The combination of economic theory and mathematical skills you gain on this degree will appeal to a wide range of employers.
At a Glance
UCAS Institution Name and Code
A Level: AAB-ABB
IB: 35 points
As well as pure and applied mathematics, you learn probability and statistical techniques that help you understand economics theories and address economic problems.
In Economics you explore topics relating to Britain, Europe and the rest of the world, including:
- economic analysis and applications
- global economics
- micro- and macro-economics
In Mathematics you develop a thorough grounding in topics and techniques such as:
- differential equations
This Joint Honours degree benefits from teaching from both Newcastle University Business School and our School of Mathematics and Statistics, making sure you get expert tuition in both topics.
Quality and rankingQuality and ranking
Economics at Newcastle is highly regarded, achieving a 92% overall student satisfaction score in the 2015 National Student Survey.
Mathematics and statistics at Newcastle achieved an impressive 95% overall student satisfaction score in the National Student Survey 2015. Maths and Stats also ranks 11th overall in the UK for research (Research Excellence Framework 2014).
About Joint Honours in Economics and MathematicsAbout Joint Honours in Economics and Mathematics
By studying two subjects, you develop a broad range of expertise and a set of skills that spans two specialist areas, equipping you for a range of careers.
Mastering two subjects together means you are well-prepared for the multidisciplinary challenges of the real world, developing the skills that employers value, such as:
- time management
You select from the same range of topics as Single Honours students and achieve the same high academic standard, but you cover fewer topics in each subject. The topics are closely linked to our research expertise, meaning you study at the cutting edge of the discipline.
You receive careers support in the form of a career development module personally tailored to your professional development. There's also excellent support on offer from the University’s award-winning Careers Service.
Boost your employability with a work placementBoost your employability with a work placement
Apply to spend a 9 to 12 months on an optional work placement between Stages 2 and 3. You can apply to spend your placement year with any organisation and will receive University support to do so.
You’ll gain first-hand experience of working in the sector, putting your learning into practice and developing your professional expertise.
It will extend your degree by a year and is subject to availability, however it isn't available if you're spending a year studying abroad.
Find out more about Work Placements.
You will be part of the community in the two Schools that deliver your teaching:
The School of Mathematics and Statistics is the administrative home of the Joint Honours degree in Economics and Mathematics
You'll be supported by:
- academic advisers for both of your subjects
- a personal tutor throughout your degree – an academic member of staff who can help with academic and personal issues
- a peer mentor in your first year – a fellow student who can help you settle in and answer any questions you have
- student buddies to guide you through the early weeks
There are two student societies which organise social activities for each of the subject areas:
Newcastle University Business School
You will have access to teaching and learning facilities in our brand new £45 million building in Downing Plaza, including:
- 120 PCs across three hi-tech computer clusters
- Wi-Fi connectivity throughout the building
- social spaces for learning and relaxation
- bookable meeting rooms
Take a virtual tour of our building.
School of Mathematics and Statistics
You will also spend time in the School of Mathematics and Statistics, based in the Herschel Building, which includes:
- a number of large lecture theatres
- recently refurbished computer cluster
- reading room for maths and stats students
Teaching and assessmentTeaching and assessment
Our degrees are taught through a combination of lectures, problem classes, tutorials, practical computer classes, computer-based assessments, and data collection and analysis.
We assess your performance in each module through a combination of assignments and end-of-semester examinations. Many of our assignments take place online.
Find out more
Teaching and assessment methods may vary from module to module. More information about each module including specific assessment methods, credits and contact hours, can be found in the Course Details section.
Visit our Teaching & Learning pages to read about the outstanding learning experience available to all students at Newcastle University
Compare this course
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Modules for 2016 entry
The module and/or programme information below is for 2016 entry. Modules may be amended on an annual basis to take account of changing staff expertise, developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback.
Modules/programme information for 2017 entry will be published here as soon as it is available (mid-May 2017).
Our degrees are divided into Stages. Each Stage lasts for an academic year and you need to complete modules totalling 120 credits by the end of each Stage.
- ACE1037 Global Economics
- ACE1050 Academic and Research Skills for Joint Honours Study
- ECO1002 Economic Analysis
- ECO1018 Economic Applications
- MAS1601 Introduction to Calculus
- MAS1602 Introductory Algebra: Complex Numbers, Vectors and Matrices
- MAS1603 Multivariable Calculus and Differential Equations
- MAS1604 Probability and Statistics
- ECO2003 Economic Modelling
- ECO2004 Microeconomic Analysis
- ECO2005 Macroeconomic Analysis
- MAS2502 Introduction to Computing and Problem Solving
- MAS2704 Numbers and Ciphers
- MAS2801 Vector Calculus
- MAS2901 Introduction to Statistical Inference
You will take 20 credits from either of the following two sections:
Work Placement (optional)
You can apply to spend 9 to 12 months on an optional work placement between Stages 2 and 3. You can apply to spend your placement year with any organisation and will receive University support to do so. It will extend your degree by a year and is subject to availability. It isn't available if you're spending a year studying abroad. Find out more on about Work Placements.
- MAS3112 Introduction to Fluids
- MAS3320 Statistical Modelling
- ECO3002 Advanced Macroeconomics
- ECO3006 Economics of Banking
- ECO3010 Monetary Economics
- ECO3018 Financial Economics
You take 30 credits from the following list:
- ACE3203 Developing Graduate Skills for Professional Practice
- ACE3901 Joint Honours Project
- ECO3001 Advanced Microeconomics
- ECO3004 Labour Economics
- ECO3005 Behavioural Economics and Experimental Methods
- ECO3008 Advanced Econometric Analysis
- ECO3009 Price Discrimination
- ECO3014 Public Economics
- ECO3021 Economics of Risk and Uncertainty
- ECO3022 Health Economics
- ECO3024 Economics of Development
- MAS2803 Fluid Dynamics
- MAS2903 An Introduction to Bayesian Methods
- MAS3111 Partial Differential Equations with Applications
- MAS3115 Quantum Mechanics
- MAS3119 Differential Equations, Transform Methods and Fields
- MAS3120 Electromagnetism
- MAS3322 Applied Probability
- MAS3323 Time Series and Forecasting
- MAS3324 Stochastic Financial Modelling
- MAS3326 Discrete Stochastic Modelling
- MAS3328 Survival Analysis
- NCL3007 Career Development for Final Year Students
All candidates are considered on an individual basis. If your qualifications are not listed here, please see our additional entry requirements web pages to find out which other qualifications are considered.
The entrance requirements below apply to 2017 entry.
A LevelsA Levels
AAB-ABB including Mathematics at grade A and excluding General Studies. A/AS level Economics is desirable but not essential.
Scottish QualificationsScottish Qualifications
AAABB-AABBB at Higher Grade including grade A in Mathematics. Advanced Higher in Mathematics preferred. Combinations of Highers and Advanced Highers accepted.
Scottish qualifications can be taken in more than one sitting.
International BaccalaureateInternational Baccalaureate
A minimum of 35 points with Mathematics grade 6 at Higher Level.
Irish Leaving CertificateIrish Leaving Certificate
H1H1H1H2H3-H2H2H3H3H3 at Higher Level, including Mathematics at Grade H1.
Access QualificationsAccess Qualifications
At least 30 level 3 credits at Distinction including 15 credits in mathematical studies. In addition at least 15 level 3 credits at a minimum of Merit. A Newcastle University Mathematics and Statistics pre-entry course may also be required.
Cambridge Pre-UCambridge Pre-U
D3,D3,M2-D3,M2,M2 in Principal Subjects including Mathematics at grade D3. Economics is desirable but not essential.
Extended Project QualificationExtended Project Qualification
We welcome applications from students offering an Extended Project and value the skills of research and independent learning that it is designed to develop. If you offer an Extended Project, it will be taken into account as part of your application profile, but we will not usually include it in offer conditions for this degree programme.
PARTNERS - A LevelsPARTNERS - A Levels
BBB including Mathematics at grade B and excluding General Studies. A/AS level Economics is desirable but not essential.
The PARTNERS Programme is Newcastle University’s supported entry route for students from schools and colleges in England. Find out more about the PARTNERS Programme.
English Language RequirementsEnglish Language Requirements
Other International QualificationsOther International Qualifications
ABB at A level is typically the minimum required for entry to an undergraduate course. You can check the equivalent grades for qualifications offered in your country.
International Foundation ProgrammesInternational Foundation Programmes
If you are an international student and you do not meet the academic and English language requirements specified above, you should consider a preparation course at INTO Newcastle University, which will help to prepare you for study on this degree course.
INTO Newcastle University is based on the University campus and offers a range of courses including the International Foundation in Physical Sciences and Engineering.
Undergraduate Admissions Policy
See our Admissions Policy 2017 Entry (PDF: 109 KB).
Economics and mathematics careers
In our experience many employers look favourably on students who can demonstrate their abilities in more than one field. Newcastle graduates will have acquired the ability to research, evaluate and communicate information, alongside developing specialist subject knowledge, practical and technical skills.
This provides graduates with a range of educational and career opportunities, especially if the skills you have developed during your degree have been further enhanced by work experience.
Depending on subject combinations, Joint Honours in Science graduates have very broad career options. In the past, our graduates have entered careers in the business and financial sectors or specialised further in their area of expertise such as accountancy and psychology. Graduates who wish to pursue a career in teaching will find that they are suitably qualified to study for a PGCE in either discipline. Those graduates who enter employment outside their discipline find a flexible degree of this nature is highly valued in professions such as management, commerce and the civil service.
Find out more about the career options for Economics from Prospects: The UK's Official Careers Website.
What our graduates go on to do: employment and further study choices
See what our recent graduates went on to do and view graduate destinations statistics. These statistics are based on what graduates were doing on a specific date, approximately six months after graduation. The most recent data available is for graduates who completed their course in 2014/15.
The destination data is available in varying levels, beginning with the University and moving through Faculty and School down to individual course reports. This final level may give you some useful ideas about possible options after your course or a course you are considering.
Careers and employability at Newcastle
Newcastle University consistently has one of the best records for graduate employment in the UK.
94% of our 2014/15 UK/EU graduates progressed to employment or further study within six months of graduating.
Of our graduates who entered employment 85% were in a professional or managerial position.
We provide an extensive range of opportunities to all students through an initiative called ncl+. This enables you to develop personal, employability and enterprise skills and to give you the edge in the employment market after you graduate.
Fees & Funding
Tuition Fees (UK and EU students)Tuition Fees (UK and EU students)
£9,250 in 2017-18
For programmes where you can spend a year on a work placement or studying abroad, you will receive a significant fee reduction for that year.
- The maximum fee that we are permitted to charge for UK/EU students is set by the UK government.
- As a general principle, you should expect the tuition fee to increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, subject to government regulations on fee increases and in line with inflation.
- Newcastle University has guaranteed that EU students entering our University in 2017 will pay the UK (Home) rate of fee for the full duration of their programme of study.
- Some of our degrees involve additional costs which are not covered by your tuition fees.
- See more information on all aspects of student finance relating to Newcastle University.
Tuition Fees (International students)Tuition Fees (International students)
£13,980 per year
You will be charged tuition fees for each year of your degree programme (unless you are on a shorter exchange programme).
If you spend a year on placement or studying abroad as part of your degree you may pay a reduced fee for that year.
Please note that the tuition fee amount you will pay may increase slightly year on year as a result of inflation.
See more information relating to all aspects of student finance at Newcastle University.
Scholarships and Financial Support (UK and EU students)Scholarships and Financial Support (UK and EU students)
Scholarships and Financial Support (International students)Scholarships and Financial Support (International students)
Before you apply you will need to check the entry requirements for your chosen degree. We accept a wide range of qualifications offered for entry to our degrees. We welcome applications from international students.
Applying to Newcastle University through UCAS
To apply for undergraduate study at Newcastle you must use the online application system managed by the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).
UCAS codes for Newcastle University
- institution name - NEWC
- institution code - N21
Ask your teacher or adviser from your school or college for the UCAS buzzword. You need the buzzword when you register on the Apply system. This makes it clear which school or college you are applying from.
All UK schools and colleges and a small number of EU and international establishments are registered with UCAS.
If you are applying independently, or are applying from a school or college which is not registered to manage applications, you will still use the Apply system. You will not need a buzzword.
Making your application
On the UCAS website you can also find out more about: