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Introductory 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:

  • Linear Algebra
  • Calculus and Dynamics
  • Multivariable Calculus and Optimisation
  • Probability and Statistics


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


You may find it useful to prepare for the Introductory Mathematics and Statistics course by working through the Refresher Mathematics for Economics resource. This will help you revise some basic mathematical concepts. We expect you to comfortably pass the diagnostic tests in all 5 sections.


Course materials will be published on the EC961 Moodle pageLink opens in a new window during your course. This resource will be available the week before the course starts.

Syllabus and Readings

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


Lecture and classes will be taught in-person so you will need to arrive at Warwick by the course start date (Monday 18 September 2023). The teaching schedule is give on the Induction Timetable. You will be able to see your allocated class and room location in Tabula at the start of the course.

Online Assessments

  • Test 1 on Monday 25th September 2023 (first attempt)
  • Test 1 on Monday 2nd October 2023 (second attempt)
  • Test 2 on Wednesday 4th October 2023