Economics and Mathematics - BSc (Hons)

Explore how global economic markets work, the economic behaviour of households, organisations and governments whilst learning to model financial instruments and interpret medical trials. Economics and Mathematics BA at Keele will provide you with the skills and knowledge to pursue a range of dynamic career opportunities.

Year of entry

Course type

  • Combined Honours

UCAS code

  • GL11

Duration of study

  • 3 years / 4 years with international, placement or entrepreneurship year

Why study Economics and Mathematics at Keele University?

No. 1 in the UK for Business Studies (National Student Survey, 2020)
Opportunities to spend a year working in industry, undertake an entrepreneurship year or study abroad
Top 10 in England for Mathematics (National Student Survey, 2021)
Access to industry-leading software such as Bloomberg and STATA
Graduate with a broad range of transferable skills to succeed in a variety of careers
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Keele Business School

Hear from our students and staff – who share their personal experiences of studying at Keele.

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Additional opportunities

There are a range of additional opportunities available when studying this course.
Please note, undertaking one may impact upon the availability of another.

Entry requirements

The following section details our typical entry requirements for this course for a range of UK and international qualifications. If you don’t see your qualifications listed, please contact us to find out if we can accept your qualifications. If you don't think you'll meet the entry requirements specified, you may be able to gain entry to this course via a Foundation Year.

Additional information

A Level requirements

  • ACC - BBC 
  • To include A level Maths no lower than grade B

GCSE requirements

  • Grade B in Maths (or 6) 
  • Grade C in English Langauge / Literature (or 4)


  • BTEC requirements - DMM in BTEC Engineering with Distinctions in: Unit 1 Engineering Principles, Unit 7 Calculus to Solve Engineering Problems, Unit 8 – Further Engineering Mathematics (optional)

International Baccalaureate

  • 29 points to include Higher Level Mathematics at 6


  • Obtain Access to Higher Education Diploma with 112 UCAS Tariff points including a minimum of 15 Level 3 credits at Distinction, plus subject specific requirement

English Language Requirements

All of our courses require an English language qualification or test. For most students, this requirement can be met with a 4 or C in GCSE English. Please see our English Language guidance pages for further details, including English language test information for international students. For those students who require an English language test, this course requires a test from .

Alternative and contextual offers

We're committed to ensuring equality of opportunity to all our applicants with the potential and motivation to succeed, regardless of background. That's why we operate a range of alternative offer schemes with clear eligibility criteria, including contextual offers, offers for those studying within the Keele region, and recognising a range of additional qualifications in your offer.

General information

The entry grades outlined in this section indicate the typical offer which would be made to candidates, along with any subject specific requirements. This is for general information only. Keele University reserves the right to vary offer conditions depending upon a candidate's application.

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Co-located with businesses

As a Keele Business School student, you will study alongside innovative companies that are based in the Business School building, a hub for fostering networks and linking with industry.

Internships, enterprise and knowledge exchange opportunities

Keele Business School is located at the heart of the Keele University Science & Innovation Park, one of the leading developments of its kind in the UK. The Park offers companies a business environment that provides an innovative research culture, combined with academic expertise and the University’s specialist resources, with a variety of opportunities for students to get involved, from internships, knowledge exchange partnerships, and student enterprise initiatives.

Keele Business School

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"On my work placement, everyone is so friendly, well that is until it comes to Mario Kart at lunch and then it’s war. It’s safe to say no two days are the same at Nintendo, one day I will be comprising my own sales reports to present and the next I’ll be standing on a field getting blown away by helicopters volunteering with Starlight. It’s hectic and ever changing but I have already grown so much and I am ready for the year ahead, bring it on! "

Meghan, Economics and Maths

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Engage with academics at the cutting-edge of research

Keele is a research-led university which means your lecturers are actively conducting research at the forefront of their areas of expertise.

Our staff in Keele Business School are active researchers in core areas such as accounting, finance, economics, human resource management, marketing and management. Their academic work will inform your learning, incorporating recent theories and current themes to open discussion in your subject area. There are professional support staff on hand to answer any queries you may have during your undergraduate studies at Keele.

Our academics in Keele Business School are multicultural and multinational, bringing an international aspect to the School’s teaching, research and business activities.

Staff within the School of Computer Science and Mathematics are also active researchers. Our research specialisms span a wide remit and feed into modules in the latter years of your degree. Our research work has countless applications in engineering, biology, oceanography, meteorology, medicine, finance, economics and the digital world.

Research specialisms within the mathematics department include:

  • Abstract algebra
  • Biomechanics
  • Computational mathematics
  • Financial mathematics
  • Fluid mechanics
  • Solid mechanics
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"I chose Keele because it was good for my course and had a high employability rate. Keele has a beautiful campus and so welcoming. The modules that Keele had interested me and would help me develop a skill-set, which would get me ready for a life of work and a head-start in my career. The programme of study became more specialised each year as well as the selection of modules, which allowed me to pick modules that I had particular interest in."

Nadeem, Economics and Maths

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Foundation year

Our Foundation Year provides an excellent alternative route to Keele, providing a unique opportunity to better prepare for your chosen degree, and with guaranteed entry onto your undergraduate course once you successfully complete your Foundation Year.

This extra year of study can improve your academic skills, expand your subject knowledge, give you a better understanding of higher education and, perhaps most importantly of all, build your confidence.

Keele University is consistently ranked among the top universities for student satisfaction, and we have over 70 years' experience of teaching a foundation year to students. On the Keele Foundation Year, you'll study on campus, joining our undergraduate community from the outset, with access to all the facilities and support that you'd get as an undergraduate student at Keele.

The information in this Foundation Year section is for UK/Home applicants. Where an international Foundation Year is available, please see the 'Information for international students' tab.

The information within this page is for students wishing to start their studies in September. If you would like to start this course in January, please visit our January pages for further details.

Course details

Our Foundation Year allows you to develop your critical thinking, academic reading, writing, and communication study skills along with subject-specific knowledge and skills. Upon meeting the progression criteria and successfully completing our Foundation Year, you will automatically progress into your Keele undergraduate degree with the confidence that you have the skills, and knowledge needed to successfully complete your course.

Our combined honours Foundation Year is a two semester programme which provides a tailored pre-degree programme of study to better prepare you for the BA (Hons) Economics and Mathematics degree. For example, the Foundations of Mathematical Methods module will develop your understanding of the fundamental mathematical techniques and methods used across a wide range of applied mathematics, as well as in other areas of pure mathematics. Meanwhile, the Foundations of Business 1 module help you develop appropriate investigative skills in order to analyse financial information and make informed business decisions. Course content has been developed in collaboration with degree teaching teams, so that by the time you begin Year 1, you will be ready to excel at your studies, as the majority of our Foundation Year students do. 

Find out more about our Foundation Year, including information on learning, teaching and assessment methods by visiting our homepage

Course structure

The module details given below are indicative, they are intended to provide you with an idea of the range of subjects that are taught to our current students. The modules that will be available for you to study in future years are prone to change as we regularly review our teaching to ensure that it is up-to-date and informed by the latest research and teaching methods. The information presented is therefore not intended to be construed and/or relied upon as a definitive list of the modules available in any given year.

Semester one

FYO-00217 Foundations of Mathematical Methods 30 credits
FYO-00247 Foundations: Breaking the code - Understanding Academic Writing 15 credits
FYO-00249 Foundations of Business 1 15 credits

Semester two

FYO-00255 Advancing Business 30 credits
FYO-00229 Advancing Mathematical Methods 30 credits

Entry requirements 

The entry grades outlined in this section indicate the likely offer or range of offers which would be made to candidates along with any subject specific requirements. This is for general information only. Keele University reserves the right to vary offer conditions depending upon a candidate’s application. Read more about our undergraduate entry requirements for United KingdomEuropean Union and International students.

  • Between 40-56 UCAS points from at least 1 A level/level 3 qualification or equivalent, or
  • Relevant work experience


  • GCSE English Language at grade 4 (C), or Level 2 Functional Skills, or
  • IELTS 5.5 (with 5.5 in all subtests)


  • GCSE Mathematics at grade 4 (C) or above

How to apply

Students will need to apply for Mathematics with Foundation Year (UCAS code: G101) through UCAS at You will be contacted to confirm your second subject choice. 

Direct entry students

If you already have your qualifications, are not expecting any further results and only wish to apply to Keele, please contact the Admissions Office directly.

The information in this Foundation Year section is for UK/Home applicants. Where an international Foundation Year is available, please see the 'Information for international students' tab.

We also offer a January start for some of our Foundation Year courses. Adopting a blended learning approach, the January start is particularly useful for students wishing to return to education following time out of studying, or who are seeking a flexible approach to their Foundation Year studies. Our January start is available across most of our Science, Humanities, Social Science and Business courses.

Whilst still being a full-time course, our blended delivery model combines live teaching sessions - both online and on-campus - with self-directed study, enabling you to predominantly study at a time that suits your lifestyle. You will benefit from weekly online taught sessions which encourage you to engage with your teachers and peers.

In addition to online study there will be a series of full study days that you will be required to attend throughout each semester. These sessions may include lab-based activities, group work, review of course and assessment materials studied online. They will emphasise opportunities for you to deepen your knowledge and understanding of your chosen route.

Please refer to the September start tab for more information about the entry requirements and what you will study. The modules that you will take on a January start Foundation Year will be similar to those for the September start, but in a slightly different order and pattern.

For more information, including fees, the UCAS code for this course, how to apply, and how you will be taught, please visit our January Start Foundation Year webpage.

Our International Foundation Year is delivered on campus through Keele University International College (KUIC). Find out more about the International Foundation Year options on the KUIC website.

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Make yourself more employable after graduation by taking advantage of the whole host of additional opportunities.