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Quantitative Economic Methods (Fast Track)


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Our Quantitative Economic Methods fast-track short course gives you the opportunity to examine a wide range of quantitative techniques in conjunction with some key economic principles. It will give you essential quantitative grounding if you are considering taking a degree in pure economics or finance.

For this intensive course you will usually be expected to have completed Economic Principles prior to enrolment, as we assume knowledge of basic economics. You must also have some command of mathematics.

By the end of the course, you will have the competence to apply mathematical and statistical techniques to economic problems.

Teaching is through a combination of lectures, seminars and class presentations, either individually or in groups, and topics include:

  • Economic applications of graphs and equations
  • Differentiation
  • Uses of the derivative in mathematics and economics
  • Differentiating exponential and logarithmic functions
  • Financial mathematics
  • Integral calculus: indefinite and definite integrals
  • Descriptive statistics
  • Probability and probability distributions
  • Normal distribution
  • Confidence intervals
  • Hypothesis testing

The course is assessed by two 1500-word assignments (10% each), a one-hour in-class test (30%) and Numbas quizzes (50%).

This can be taken as a standalone short course or as a part of:

30 credits at level 4

  • Entry requirements

    Entry requirements

    Most of our short courses have no formal entry requirements and are open to all students.

    This short course has no prerequisites.

    As part of the enrolment process, you may be required to submit a copy of a suitable form of ID.

    International students who wish to come to the UK to study a short course can apply for a Visitor visa. Please note that it is not possible to obtain a Student visa to study a short course.

  • How to apply

    How to apply

    You register directly onto the classes you would like to take. Classes are filled on a first-come, first-served basis - so apply early. If you wish to take more than one short course, you can select each one separately and then register onto them together via our online application portal. There is usually no formal selection process, although some modules may have prerequisites and/or other requirements, which will be specified where relevant.