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

BSc MORSE is 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, analyse and solve a wide range of problems in business, commerce and industry. 

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Introducing your degree

This degree is designed for those with the ambition to work in a range of finance and business careers.  It offers an exceptionally wide range of options while providing a solid foundation in the mathematical sciences.

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.  The course will develop your analytical and quantitative skills, preparing you for future success.

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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.

View the programme specification for this course for 2018/19 entrants

View the programme specification for this course for 2019/20 entrants

To Apply

All applications for full-time study should be made through UCAS - www.ucas.com.

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

Tel: +44 (0)23 8059 4746
Email: ugapply.fshs@southampton.ac.uk

 

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

In the 2018 National Student Survey, of our BSc MORSE students:

  • 100% were satisfied or very satisfied with the overall quality of their course 
  • 100% agreed that the course is intellectually stimulating

Typical entry requirements

For 2020 entry

View 2019 entry requirements

QualificationGrade
GCSE

Applicants must hold GCSE English language (or GCSE English) (minimum grade 4/C) and mathematics (minimum grade 4/C)

GCE A-Level

AAA or AABB including Mathematics (minimum grade A)

GCE A-Level with Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)

If you are taking an EPQ in addition to 3 A levels, you will receive the following offer in addition to the standard A-level offer:

AAB or ABBB including Mathematics (minimum grade A) and grade A in the EPQ

GCE A-Level with Contextual offer

We are committed to 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 allows us to recognise a student’s potential to succeed in the context of their background and experience.

Students who are highlighted in this way will be made an offer which is lower than the typical offer for that programme, as follows:

AAB including Mathematics (minimum grade A)

 Further A-level information

Offers typically exclude General Studies and Critical Thinking.

If an additional Mathematics qualification (STEP grade 2/MAT/TMUA) is taken alongside three A-levels then the offer will be AAB including Mathematics (minimum grade A). We accept any of the three STEP papers. For more details about the STEP and TMUA papers see the Admissions Testing Service Website.

Welsh Baccalaureate offer

AAA from 3 A levels including Mathematics (minimum grade A)
or
AA from 2 A levels including Mathematics (minimum grade A) and A from the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate

International Baccalaureate Diploma
offer

Pass, with 36 points overall with 18 points at Higher Level, including 6 at Higher Level in Mathematics

Applications where Higher Level subjects have been studied without the full Diploma, will also be considered on a case by case basis.

International Baccalaureate Career Programme (IBCP)
offer

Offers will be made on the individual Diploma Course subject(s) and the career-related study qualification. The CP core will not form part of the offer. Where there is a subject pre-requisite(s), applicants will be required to study the subject(s) at Higher Level in the Diploma course subject and/or take a specified unit in the career-related study qualification. Applicants may also be asked to achieve a specific grade in those elements.

Please see the University of Southampton International Baccalaureate Career-Related Programme (IBCP) Statement for further information. Applicants are advised to contact their Faculty Admissions Office for more information.

Access to HE Diploma offer

60 credits with a minimum of 45 credits at Level 3, all of which must be at Distinction

Mathematics must be studied to level 3, A-level standard

Irish Leaving Certificate offer (first awarded 2017)

H1 H1 H2 H2 H2 H2 including Mathematics at H2

Scottish Qualification offers

Offers will be based on exams being taken at the end of S6. Subjects taken and qualifications achieved in S5 will be reviewed. Careful consideration will be given to an individual’s academic achievement, taking in to account the context and circumstances of their pre-university education. Please see the University of Southampton’s Curriculum for Excellence Scotland Statement for further information. Applicants are advised to contact their Faculty Admissions Office for more information.

Cambridge Pre-U offer

D3 D3 D3 in three Principal subjects including Mathematics at D3

Cambridge Pre-U's can be used in combination with other qualifications such as A Levels to achieve the equivalent of the typical offer

Level 3 BTEC (QCF) offer (unreformed)

D in the BTEC Subsidiary Diploma plus AA from two A levels including Mathematics (minimum grade A)

DD in the BTEC Diploma plus A in A-level Mathematics

DDD in the BTEC Extended Diploma plus A in A-level Mathematics

Level 3 BTEC (RQF) offer (reformed)

D in the BTEC National Extended Certificate plus AA from two A levels including Mathematics (minimum grade A)

DD in the BTEC National Diploma plus A in A-level Mathematics

DDD in the BTEC National Extended Diploma plus A in A-level Mathematics

European Baccalaureate offer

82-84% overall including grade 8.5/10 in Mathematics

International qualifications

Find a list of accepted international qualifications listed by country

This is a list of the international qualifications that are recognised by the University of Southampton. If you are not sure that your qualifications meet the requirements of this course please contact our Admissions Teams.

English language requirements All applicants must demonstrate they possess at least a minimum standard of English language proficiency. Applicants requiring a visa to study in the UK who do not offer GCSE English language (or GCSE English) at the required level will need to meet the following English language proficiency requirement. Find out more about the University’s English Language requirements.

Band B IELTS 6.5 overall, with a minimum of 5.5 in all components

 

For 2019 entry

QualificationGrade
GCSE  
GCE A-level

For 2019 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.

International Baccalaureate requirements 36 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:
Intake:
180
Average applications per place:
10

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

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

Semester One
Core [?]
A core module is a module which must be taken and passed.
MATH1048Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
MATH1059Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
Compulsory
MATH1024Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15

MATH 1053 TT Personal Tutor Meeting - 0 credits

Optional

Students WITHOUT A-Level Economics must choose ECON 1001 Foundations of Microeconomics - Semester 1 (15 credits) Students WITH A-Level Economics must choose ECON 1003 Principles of Microeconomics - Semester 1 (15 credits)

ECON1001Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
ECON1003Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
Semester Two
Compulsory
ECON1002Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
MATH1049Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
MATH1058Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
MATH1060Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15

MATH 1053 TT Personal Tutor Meeting - 0 credits

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.

 

Semester One
Compulsory
MATH2011Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
MATH2013Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
MATH2039Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
Optional
MANG1003Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
MATH3087Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
Semester Two
Compulsory
ECON2007Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
MATH2010Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
MATH2038Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
Optional
ECON2004Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
MANG2021Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15

Year 3

In this final year your study will mostly be made up of optional modules

Students on this course must take at least 16 MATH modules over the 3 years combined, including at least 4 (60 credits) MATH 3XXX modules in the final year.

You may wish to specialise in one of the following areas:-

Group 1. Actuarial & Financial Mathematics
Group 2. Operational Research, Management Sciences & Statistics
Group 3. Mathematics & Statistics

As part of your final year of study you also have the opportunity to take elective modules from outside your degree specialism, which could cover topics as broad as music, history, ecology or languages.

Semester One
Compulsory
MATH3017Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
Optional
MATH3032Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
MATH3087Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
ECON3010Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
MATH3063Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
MATH3085Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
MANG3010Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
MANG3046Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
MATH3014Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
MATH3018Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
MATH3033Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
MATH3044Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
MATH3072Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
MATH3076Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
MATH3083Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
MATH3086Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
MATH3090Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
MATH3087Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
ECON3010Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
Semester Two
Optional
MATH3023Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
MATH3031Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
MATH3022Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
MATH3066Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
STAT3010Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
MANG3034Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
MATH3013Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
MATH3016Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
MATH3091Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
MATH3006Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
MATH3052Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
MATH3078Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
MATH3080Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
MATH3084Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
MATH3088Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
MATH3089Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
MANG2014Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
MANG3009Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
MANG3020Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
STAT3010Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15

 

 

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
BSc MORSE (Mathematics, Operational Research, Statistics and Economics)2018Full-time£9,250£16536
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Funding

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:

TypeDescription
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.
EquipmentSoftware 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; 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: [insert link to relevant page]. 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 www.calendar.soton.ac.uk.

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. 

Breakdown of study time and assessment

Proportion of time spent in scheduled learning, teaching and independent study
Learning, teaching and assessment stage1234
Scheduled learning & teaching study30%30%26%26%
Independent study70%70%74%74%
Placement study0%0%0%0%
Proportion of assessment by method
Learning, teaching and assessment stage1234
Written exam assessment72%77%64%64%
Practical exam assessment0%0%0%0%
Coursework assessment28%23%36%36%

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