Each year you will take two course units (or four half units) in each subject, including both core and optional units, allowing you to specialise in specific areas of interest.
In the first year, you will take Principles of Economics and a 0.5 unit Economics workshop as well as 2.5 units as specified by Mathematics. These will provide the analytical framework of economics and the quantitative and statistical tools used in the field. In the second year, you will take Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, and in the final year you will have the choice of two Economics course units, including an optional dissertation, giving you the opportunity to specialise.
The Mathematics element of the degree offers a variety of subjects ranging from core course units in algebra and calculus to optional units in areas such as statistical mechanics and advanced electromagnetism. Some course units provide the tools needed in a range of mathematical disciplines, while others apply these tools to areas of interest in real life. There are also units that examine the logical basis for mathematics and the abstract patterns that run through both mathematics and nature.
Throughout the course, you will:
- appreciate and apply the core theories of micro and macroeconomics
- understand and apply mathematical and statistical techniques to analyse and solve economic problems
- advance your knowledge and enhance the basic techniques of mathematics first encountered at A-level
- learn to think logically and analytically
- see how mathematics can model and solve a variety of real-life problems.
All undergraduate degree courses at Royal Holloway are based on the course unit system. This system provides an effective and flexible approach to study, while ensuring that our degrees have a coherent and developmental structure. In the case of combined degree courses, this approach also makes it possible to change the balance of your subjects during your time at Royal Holloway.
See the websites of the Department of Economics and the Department of Mathematics for further information.