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Intro Mathematics and Statistics

Module leaders

Piotr Jelonek, 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 Moodle page during your course. You can view last year's materials under resources (please note you will need to log in with your MSc offer holder username and password).

Syllabus and Readings

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


One hour test on Monday 23 September 2019, 9.00am - 12.00pm, online.
Two and a half hours plus 15 minutes reading time test on Thursday 3 October 2019, 9.15am - 12.00pm, Panorama Room, Rootes Building.

Rubric for the test on 3rd October 2019

Time allowed: 2.5 hours plus 15 minutes reading time during which notes may be made (on the question paper only) but no answer may be begun.

Answer all four questions. The weight of each question is 25 marks. The entire test is worth 100 marks total.

Statistical Tables, three 2-sided A4 pages of HANDWRITTEN notes and approved pocket calculators are allowed

Read carefully the instructions on the cover of the answer book. Answer Question 1 and 2 in one booklet and Questions 3 and 4 in a separate booklet.