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Intro Mathematics and Statistics

Module lecturers

Nick Jackson and Jeremy Smith


All Economics MSc core modules require that students are familiar with basic quantitative techniques. Introductory Mathematics and Statistics aims to provide you with necessary mathematical and statistical skills to complete these modules.

Learning outcomes

Students should have an understanding of fundamental concepts in mathematics and statistics relevant to the other core modules and be able to apply these concepts to economics.


Introductory Maths and Statistics will cover the following topics:

  • Multivariate calculus;
  • Matrix algebra;
  • Difference and difference equations
  • Statistics


A sound understanding of algebra and single-variable calculus. Familiarity with basic linear algebra and statistics as well.


Course materials will be published on the EC961 Moodle page during your course.

Syllabus and Readings

The syllabus for Introductory Maths and Statistics and advice on Readings can be found in this document:
Syllabus and Readings.


Lectures will be recorded and published in Moodle, and we suggest you view the daily recordings before attending your class. Classes will be held from 9.00am-12.00pm British Summer Time (BST), for those students based in earlier time zones, or 3.00-6.00pm BST for those in the UK or later time zones. You will be able to see your allocated class in Tabula at the start of the course.

Online Assessments

  • Test 1 on Tuesday 29 September 2020 (first attempt)
  • Test 1 on Friday 2 October 2020 (second attempt)
  • Test 2 on Wednesday 7 October 2020