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

This programme, which is new in 2012, replaces our old programmes of Mathematics with Operational Research, Mathematics with Management and Mathematics with Economics.

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Introducing your course

Based on our highly successful 3-year degree BSc MORSE and leveraging the expertise from our postgraduate Masters programmes this programme will take you to the cutting edge of research in mathematics, statistics, operational research and economics.

Designed for those with the ambition to work in a range of advanced 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.

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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 are related in that they all rely on using mathematical methods to formulate, model, analyze and solve a wide range of problems.

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.

View the programme specification document for this course

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

Ranked third in UK for quality of research outputs in applied mathematics. Ranked second in the UK for research power in statistics and operational research (RAE, 2008)

One of the largest mathematics departments in the UK

Wide range of degrees, with flexibility to transfer between programmes

Generous scholarship scheme for UK/EU and international students

Large international cohort

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I think that this wide choice of subjects available with the BSc MORSE programme presents the student with an interesting and valuable combination of skills that will be supportive in the working environment.
Adishtaa KundunBSc MORSE (Mathematics, Operational Research, Statistics and Economics)

Typical entry requirements

A Levels:
Typical A Levels entry requirements for BSc MORSE (Mathematics, Operational Research, Statistics and Economics)
GCE A-level

For 2018 entry our standard offer is

  • AAA including grade A in A-level Mathematics or;
  • AABB including grade A in A-level Mathematics or;
  • AAB or equivalent including grade A in Mathematics with additional qualifications such as STEP/MAT/TMUA/A grade in EPQ.

For more details of the STEP papers see the Admissions Testing Service Website. We accept any of the three STEP papers.

Typical IB entry requirements for BSc MORSE (Mathematics, Operational Research, Statistics and Economics)
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.

Cambridge Pre-U

Our normal requirements are for D3D3M1 in the three principle subjects including D3 in Mathematics.

In addition we welcome applications from candidates offering other suitable qualifications with an appropriate mathematical content.

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.

This page contains specific entry requirements for this course. Find out about equivalent entry requirements and qualifications for your country.

Typical course content

Mathematicians develop important analytical skills and problem-solving strategies to assess a broad range of issues in commerce, science and the arts.

Mathematical models and simulations, and the interpretation of their results, are being called on increasingly in global decisions, as business, politics and management all become more quantitative in their methods. The application of mathematics is also in demand in the social sciences, particularly economics, where mathematical tools are used to formulate models of the complex interactions in an economic system – in situations as significant as the effect on UK inflation of joining the European single currency.

Year 1

Semester One

Students must take either:

ECON1001 Foundations of Microeconomics


ECON1003 Principles of Microeconomics

Students entering with A-Level Economics take ECON1003; others take ECON1001

Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
Semester Two
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).

Year 2

Students take optional modules for 30 credits (usually two modules). They may include modules from Economics or Mathematics. They may also be chosen from other departments, such as Languages, Management, Archaeology, Biology, Demography, Film, Geography, Philosophy, Psychology, or Music. Students may also choose from Curriculum Innovation Modules such as ‘Economics with Experiments’ for instance. Examples of Economics and Management options include:

ECON2003 Microeconomics of Markets
ECON2004 Topics in Macroeconomics II
MANG1003 Introduction to Management
MANG2007 Problem Structuring Methods
MANG2021 Operations Management

Semester One
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
Semester Two
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).

Year 3

As well as the compulsory modules below, students are required to take SIX other modules at least THREE of which must be MATH3xxx modules. Modules often taken as part of this course include:

MATH3063 Actuarial Science I
MATH3066 Actuarial Science II
MANG2001 Organisations and ManagementMANG3010 Knowledge Management
MANG3034 Project Management
MANG3046 Managing InnovationECON3009 Microeconomic Theory 3
ECON3010 Topics in Macroeconomics 3MATH3012 Statistics Methods II
MATH3013 Simulation and Queues
MATH3014 Design and Analysis of Experiments
MATH3016 Optimization
MATH3044 Statistical Inference
MATH3072 Biological Fluid Dynamics

Students may also choose from a list of options outside of Mathematics and Economics, as in Year 2. Students take 90 credits of optional modules, i.e. 6 modules.

Semester One
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).

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).

Tuition fees

List of tuition fees for this course and it's variations
NameAwardYear of entryMode of studyUK/EUInternational
Mathematics, Operational Research, Statistics and EconomicsBSc2018Full-time£9,250£16536
Mathematics, Operational Research, Statistics and EconomicsBSc2019Full-time£9,250£17,065
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Scholarships, bursaries or grants may be available to support you through your course. Funding opportunities available to you are linked to your subject area and/or your country of origin. These can be from the University of Southampton or other sources.

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Costs associated with this course

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

There will also be further costs for the following, not purchasable from the University:

EquipmentApproved calculators: Candidates may use calculators in the examination room only as specified by the University and as permitted by the rubric of individual examination papers. The University approved models are Casio FX-570 and Casio FX-85GT Plus. These may be purchased from any source and no longer need to carry the University logo.
StationeryYou will be expected to provide your own day-to-day stationery items, e.g. pens, pencils, notebooks, etc. Any specialist stationery items will be specified under the Additional Costs tab of the relevant module profile.
BooksWhere a module specifies core texts these should generally be available on the reserve list in the library. However due to demand, students may prefer to buy their own copies. These can be purchased from any source. Some modules suggest reading texts as optional background reading. The library may hold copies of such texts, or alternatively you may wish to purchase your own copies. Although not essential reading, you may benefit from the additional reading materials for the module.
EquipmentIT: Software licenses - The software required for the programme is available on all public workstations on campus, and accessible from your own computer via VPN.
Printing and copyingIn the majority of cases, coursework such as essays, projects and dissertations is likely to be submitted on line. However, there are some items where it is not possible to submit on line and students will be asked to provide a printed copy. A list of the University printing costs can be found here: For students undertaking modules with a high mathematical content, some assessed work will be submitted in handwritten hard copy format. Students are advised that they will need to bear the costs of the required stationery.

In some cases you'll be able to choose modules (which may have different costs associated with that module) which will change the overall cost of a programme to you. Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

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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