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Introductory Mathematics and Statistics

Module lecturers

Nick Jackson and Nikhil Data


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 in Moodle. This will help you revise some basic mathematical concepts. We expect you to comfortably pass the diagnostic tests in all 5 sections. The resource will be available to you shortly after you have completed course registration.


Course materials will be published on the EC961 Moodle pageLink opens in a new window. This resource will be available the week commencing 11 September.

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 given on the Induction Timetable. You will be able to see your allocated class and room location in Tabula by 5.00pm on Monday 18 September.

Online Assessments

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