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MMORSE (Mathematics, Operational Research, Statistics and Economics) (Full-Time)

Why study MORSE at Warwick?

  • MORSE is a Warwick invention. It was created in the mid-1970s by a team of far-sighted academics and has developed into a flagship degree programme. This means that modules are specifically designed for MORSE students.
  • Our curriculum contains a balance of mathematical theory and its applications, emphasising the links between theory and practice, and equipping you with transferable skills including analytical thinking, crossdisciplinary communication and mathematical and statistical modelling.
  • All modules are taught by subject specialists, and the curriculum is organised collaboratively by the Departments of Statistics, Mathematics, Economics, and the Business School, all of which have consistently had a high percentage of their research graded as ‘internationally excellent’ or ‘world-leading’ in the most recent external research assessments.
  • We offer an unusual level of flexibility regarding optional modules. You can choose to change between the three-year and four-year course at any point before the end of your second year. You can also apply to transfer between MORSE and Mathematics and Statistics.
  • If you choose our four-year MMORSE degree and go on to become an actuary, you will be exempt from some Institute and Faculty of Actuaries examinations.

Professor Saul Jacka

Department of Statistics

Xiang Ying Lee

2nd year undergraduate

Why study at Warwick

A view from our academics

What will I learn?

This course is designed for talented mathematicians with strong interests in business, finance and economics. It provides a firm grounding in all these fields and an understanding of how they relate to each other.

Our curriculum balances mathematical theory and its practical applications, with subject specialists from all four partner departments teaching core modules. You will learn about deriving theorems, optimisation, quantitative reasoning and modelling complex systems from world-renowned academics at the University where MORSE was invented. You will also acquire the core skills valued by modern business analytics employers, including analytical thinking, cross-disciplinary communication, and mathematical and statistical modelling. Should MMORSE graduates pursue an actuarial career, our course may exempt you from some professional examinations.

Your first and second years develop your mathematical skills through a broad range of theoretical exercises and computing tasks. These will introduce the latest techniques from all components of MORSE, used to tackle the increasingly wide spectrum of challenges facing modern business and commerce. In your third year (and fourth year if studying MMORSE), you can customise your course – taking advantage of a wide range of available options – to apply your mathematical skills to the areas in which you aspire to work. MMORSE students will also complete an independent research project on a topic of their choice with support from our academic staff.

How will I learn?

You will learn from a combination of lectures, small-group tutorials and practical sessions based in the Statistics
Department’s well-equipped undergraduate computing laboratory. Many core modules are designed specifically with MORSE students in mind. These cover the technical intricacies of theoretical subjects, while emphasising their modern applications.

Core modules are taught by staff from all four partner departments, and involve deriving theorems, optimisation, quantitative reasoning and modelling complex systems. MMORSE students work on their own research project under the guidance of a lecturer or professor.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed by a combination of closed and open-book examinations, continuous assessment and project work, depending on your option choices.

What opportunities are there to work abroad?

We support student mobility through study abroad programmes and all students have the opportunity to apply for a year abroad at one of our partner universities. The Study Abroad Team based in the Office for Global Engagement offers support for these activities, and the Department’s dedicated Study Abroad Co-ordinator can provide more
specific information and assistance.

Entry Requirements

A Level

A*AA, to include A* in Mathematics and A in Further Mathematics

A*A*A + AS Level A, to include A* in Mathematics and A in AS level Further Mathematics

A*A*A*, to include Mathematics

AAA +2 in STEP or Merit in AEA, to include Mathematics

A levels in Applied Subjects and Mixed Portfolios Candidates considered on an individual basis. Grades required similar to those for candidates taking academic A and AS qualifications.

International Baccalaureate 38 points including 7 in Higher Level Mathematics

Other Qualifications We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications. For more information please visit the international entry requirements page.

Access Courses Access to HE Diploma (QAA- recognised) including appropriate subjects with distinction grades in all level 3 units, and Mathematics grade A* at A level or equivalent.

Warwick International Foundation Programme (IFP) All students who successfully complete the Warwick IFP and apply to Warwick through UCAS will receive a guaranteed conditional offer for a related undergraduate programme (selected courses only). For full details of standard offers and conditions visit the IFP page.

General Studies/Critical Thinking Offers normally exclude General Studies at A or AS level and Critical Thinking at A level.

Further Information

Taking a gap year Applications for deferred entry are welcomed.

Interviews We do not typically interview applicants.Offers are made based on your predicted and actual grades, along with your personal statement. Occasionally, some applicants may be interviewed, for example candidates returning to study or those with non-standard qualifications.

Open Days We hold Departmental Open Days for offer holders in March. These are an excellent opportunity to get a personal impression of the Department and to put questions to lecturers and professors. Find out more about our main University Open Days and other opportunities to visit us.

What modules could I study?

First year core modules may include Introduction to Quantitative Economics; Mathematical Programming; Linear Algebra; Mathematical Analysis; Sets and Numbers; Statistical Laboratory; Introduction to Probability and Mathematical Techniques.

Optional modules may include Design of Information Structures; Differential Equations A; Programming for Scientists; Introduction to Geometry; Geometry and Motion; Elements of Scientific Method; Descartes and Mill; Logic 1: Introduction to Symbolic Logic (for non-Philosophy Students); Quantum Phenomena; Introduction to Astronomy; Introduction to Particle Physics and Classical Mechanics and Relativity.

Second year core modules may include Stochastic Processes; Mathematical Methods; Mathematical Statistics Part A; Mathematical Statistics Part B; Mathematical Economics and Mathematical Programming. A number of modules may also be selected from (List A): Economics; Mathematical Economics; Simulation; Linear Statistical Modelling; Games, Decisions and Behaviour; Mathematical Analysis III; Differentiation; Metric Spaces and PDE.

Additional modules may also be chosen from (List B): Formal Languages; Algorithms; Logic and Verification; Foundations of Finance; Foundations of Accounting; Starting a Business; Introduction to Secondary School Teaching; Problem Solving; Programming for Scientists; Variational Principles; Numerical Analysis; Vector Analysis; Combinatorics; Geometry; Algebra II: Groups and Rings; Algebra I: Advanced Linear Algebra; Combinatorial Optimisation; Probability and Discrete Mathematics; Theory of ODEs; Introduction to Systems Biology; Introduction to Number Theory; Logic 1: Introduction to Symbolic Logic (for non-Philosophy Students); Stars; Galaxies.

Find out more about the degree structure and module information.

* This is not an exhaustive list and the modules mentioned above may be subject to change. Please visit the department website for more detailed information.

Recent graduate destinations include:

Actuarial Analyst, Deloitte; First Year Trading Analyst, Morgan Stanley; Business Modeller, EY; Statistical Researcher, Atass Sports; Equity Derivative Trader, Bank of America.

Essential Information

Entry Requirements
A level:

A*AA, including A* in Mathematics and A in Further Mathematics

A*A*A + AS Level A, including A* in Mathematics and A in AS level Further Mathematics

A*A*A*, including Mathematics

AAA + 2 in STEP or Merit in AEA, including Mathematics

IB: 38 points including 7 in Higher Level Mathematics


Degree of Master of Mathematics, Operation Research, Statistics and Economics.

4 years full time (30 weeks per academic year)

Department website

Student blogs
Mark Hurdley - MORSE

Location of study
University of Warwick, Coventry

Tuition fees
Find out more about fees and funding

Other course costs
There may be costs associated with other items or services such as academic texts, course notes, and trips associated with your course. For further information on the typical additional costs please see the Additional Costs page.

This information is applicable for 2017 entry.