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Mathematical Sciences

GL12 BSc MORSE (Mathematics, Operational Research, Statistics and Economics) (3 yrs)

The purpose of this programme is to provide you with a broad-based programme covering topics in mathematics, operational research, statistics and economics. These different topics all rely on using mathematical methods to formulate, model, analyze and solve a wide range of problems in business, commerce and industry. As well as learning about theoretical structures and techniques from a broad range of Mathematical disciplines, you will be introduced to optimisation and modelling techniques in Statistics, Economics and Operational Research as well as the option to study applications and analysis in modern Business practice.

MMORSE. From the application year 2015/16 we shall also be introducing a 4-year version of this programme called MMORSE. This four year programme will enable you to develop your skills and mathematical knowledge, beyond the normal range of a three-year degree, in topics including Mathematics, Statistics, Operational Research and Economics. Transfer to this programme will be possible from a number of our existing programmes, and in particular from the BSc MORSE. More details will appear in due course.

Introducing your degree

This wide ranging programme brings together our world class expertise in mathematics, statistics, operational research and economics in a degree closely modelled on the pioneering Warwick programme. Designed for those with the ambition to work in a range of finance and business careers this programme offers an exceptionally wide range of options while providing a solid foundation in the mathematical sciences.
It will promote rigour thinking and develop your analytical and quantitative skills preparing your for future success. For those wishing to develop these ideas even further we also offer a 4-year version of the programme, MMORSE.

Programme Overview

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OPERATIONAL RESEARCH: The efficient and effective management of many organisations relies on solution of problems with a significant mathematical content. This programme introduces you to the most important of the mathematical methods used in formulating and solving such problems. As well as being mathematically interesting, it thus equips you with skills and an expertise that is in very high demand in a truly wide range of businesses and organisations, spanning public and private corporations both large and small.

STATISTICS: A training in statistics offers a unique range of challenges and provides opportunities to work on a large variety of important problems in industry, environmental science, medical research, social science and within the government. Statisticians analyse uncertain data where the source of uncertainty may be due to measurement error, experimental error, sampling error or modelling error. The common language of all uncertain conditions is probability.

ECONOMICS: Mathematics is being applied increasingly in the social sciences, in particular in economics. Mathematical tools are used to formulate models of the complex interactions in an economic system. For example, what would be the effect on U.K. inflation of joining the European single currency? How should firms evaluate risky research and development projects? Why might an increase in union bargaining power in a country increase its share of world markets? Mathematical models are also used to help address ethical issues: should a developing country try to protect its domestic industries from foreign competition? Ought the government to provide state pensions, and if so what form should they take? Economists also use statistical techniques to test how well models like those above explain, and ultimately predict, what happens in an economy. Special statistical techniques called econometrics are required to take account of the fact that data available to economists are not derived from carefully controlled laboratory experiments, but come from the real world.

While studying for your degree, you will develop key study and work skills including written and oral communication, the use of IT, team working, time management and basic research skills including the use of the web and the library.

The programme is centred on a coherent framework of study but incorporates flexibility so that there is ample opportunity to choose topics of special interest to you.

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To Apply

All applications for full-time study should be made through UCAS -

If you have a question or would like further information, contact our admissions team:

Tel: +44 (0)23 8059 4746


Programme Structure

The programme is delivered on a semester pattern, each semester being of 14 weeks duration. The last two weeks of each semester are set aside for examinations. The programme requires three years of full-time study, and may lead to a BSc Honours degree in MORSE: Mathematics, Operational Research, Statistics and Economics. Students take eight 7.5 ECTS (15 CATS points) modules each year, four each semester. The degree programme comprises core and compulsory Mathematics (including Operational Research and Statistics) and Economics modules, which occupy the whole of the first year, and parts of the second and third years, together with options chosen by you.

In addition there are the following exit points:

  • Certificate of Higher Education (CertHE), following successful completion of Part I.
  • Diploma of Higher Education (DipHE), following successful completion of Part II.
  • Ordinary Degree of MORSE (BSc (Ordinary)), following the successful completion of at least 150 ECTS (300 CATS points), including 30 ECTS (60 CATS points) in Level 3 modules.

Each of Part I, Part II, and Part III carries 60 ECTS (120 CATS points).

Key Facts

  • 100% of our research is world-leading or internationally-excellent (REF, 2014)
  • Ranked 4th in the Russell Group for student:staff ratio
  • One of the largest mathematics departments in the UK
  • Wide range of degrees, with flexibility to transfer between programmes
  • Large international cohort

Entry Requirements

Typical entry requirements

A Levels:
GCE A-levelIn terms of A-level grades our standard offer is AAA (or AAB with Further Mathematics) or equivalent, including grade A in A-level Mathematics.   Students who are not taking Further Mathematics but who are taking a STEP paper will normally receive an offer of AAB or equivalent including grade A in Mathematics and grade 2 in STEP. For more details of the STEP papers see the Admissions Testing Service Website. We accept any of the three STEP papers.
International Baccalaureate36 points, 18 at higher level, including 6 in higher level mathematics
English Language Requirement

All applicants must have GCSE Grade C or above in English language. If English is not your first language you will be required to pass an approved English test. We normally ask for an overall IELTS score of 6.5.

Use of Contextual Data

The University of Southampton is committed to widening participation and ensuring that all students with the potential to succeed, regardless of their background, are encouraged to apply to study with us. The additional information gained through contextual data supports our admissions teams to recognise a student’s potential to succeed in the context of their background and experience. Students identified in this way will be given additional consideration and not be rejected solely on the basis of their predicted (or actual) grades.

Please see our contextual admissions pages for more information.

Selection process:
Average applications per place:

Applicants are selected on the quality of their application. Applicants with a strong academic background and a clear commitment to Mathematics will be considered for an offer based on the quality of their UCAS application.

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Typical course content

You will study a wide range of modules from Mathematics, Operational Research, Statistics, Economics and Business. There is enough flexibility in the programme structure to allow you to focus on one of these areas or develop your skills in many.

This page gives a brief outline of the structure of the programme. For more details and regulations pertaining to this degree programme see the programme specification link on the Programme Details Tab.

Year 1

Principles of Macroeconomics
Introduction to Probability and Statistics
Linear Algebra II
Foundations of Microeconomics
Principles of Microeconomics

Students without A-Level Economics will be registered on ECON1001. Students with A-Level Economics will be registered on ECON1003.

Linear Algebra I
Differential Equations

Year 2

As well as the compulsory modules listed below, students choose two other modules from a wide ranging list either in Mathematics, Economics, the Business School.


Year 3

As well as the compulsory modules listed below, students choose six other modules from a wide ranging list either in Mathematics, Economics, the Business School or even a few modules unrelated to your degree programme.

Innovation modules outside of your subject area

Our Curriculum Innovation Programme offers you the chance to take optional modules outside of your chosen subject area. This allows you to personalise your education, to develop new skills and knowledge for your future. Modules range from "Living and working on the web" to "Business skills for employability".

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Learn a language

Some of our courses also give you the option of taking a language module, which can count towards your degree. These modules cover ten languages and range from absolute beginner to near-native speaker level.

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Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided. More detailed information can be found in the programme handbook (or other appropriate guide or website).

Learning & Assessment

The Department uses a wide variety of modern learning and teaching methods involving small group tutorial work and computer based learning that builds on what you learn in lectures. Assessment is varied enabling you to demonstrate your strengths and show what you have learnt. Students are provided with a copy of the computer algebra package MAPLE that they can use on their own personal computers to assist their studies.

The University provides a wide range of modern services for learning and support, including a well-stocked modern library, a large number of computer workstations giving ready access to the internet, a Careers Service, a Job Shop and a Students Advice and Information Centre.

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Study Locations

Highfield Campus

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