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Mathematical Methods for Economists

Mathematics is a useful tool in many subjects, and this course is for you who need a little more maths for further studies in economics or business. The course is mandatory in some specialisations of the Bachelor's Programme in Business Administration.

Information for admitted students Spring 2021

Congratulations! You have been admitted at Stockholm University and we hope that you will enjoy your studies with us.

In order to ensure that your studies begin as smoothly as possible we have compiled a short checklist for the beginning of the semester.

Follow the instructions on wether you have to reply to your offer or not.


Checklist for admitted students

  1. Activate your university account

    The first step in being able to register and gain access to all the university's IT services.

  2. Register at your department

    Registration can be done in different ways. Read the instructions from your department below.

  3. Read all the information on this page

    Here you will find what you need to know before your course or programme starts.


Your seat may be withdrawn if you do not register according to the instructions provided by your department.

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Welcome activities

Stockholm University organises a series of welcome activities that stretch over a few weeks at the beginning of each semester. The programme is voluntary (attendance is optional) and includes Arrival Service at the airport and an Orientation Day, see more details about these events below.
Your department may also organise activities for welcoming international students. More information will be provided by your specific department. 

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In this course you learns mathematics that will be useful for further studies in business or economics. You learn to use basic methods of analysis in one or multiple variables to solve mathematical and applied problems in for example geometry and economics. You also learn some basic linear algebra, so that you can solve simple problems concerning matrices, vectors and determinants.

The course is mandatory in some specialisations of the Bachelor's Programme in Business Administration, but can also be taken as a freestanding course.

Course contents

The course covers:

  • functions of one variable
  • derivatives and integrals
  • maxima and minima for functions of one variable
  • functions of multiple variables
  • maxima and minima for functions of two variables
  • matrices and determinants
  • solving of systems of linear equations
  • geometric series
  • Course structure

    The course consists of one element, assessed with a written examination.

    Teaching format

    Instruction is given in the form of lectures and exercise sessions. There is also some video material (in Swedish) available on the course web.


    The course is assessed through written examination, with grades between A-F where A-E are passing grades.


    A list of examiners can be found on

    Exam information

  • Schedule

    The schedule will be available no later than one month before the start of the course. We do not recommend print-outs as changes can occur. At the start of the course, your department will advise where you can find your schedule during the course.

    The schedule for the spring 2021 linked below was altered on 11/1 since it previously overlapped with the schedule for the course Financial Statistics, which many students are taking at the same time.

    Note that during the spring 2021 the course will be taught online. We have not yet made a decision about whether the exam will be on campus or online.

  • Course literature

    Note that the course literature can be changed up to two months before the start of the course.

    Course literature Department of Mathematics

  • More information

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    Course web

    We do not use Athena, you can find our course webpages on

  • Contact

    Student affairs office
    Student advisor in mathematics and mathematical statistics