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Course Regulations for Year 2

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Normal Load = 120 CATS. Maximum Load = 150 CATS.

Students must take the 6 core modules (total 66 CATS), plus options. List A modules have a high mathematical content. The Core modules are: MA231 Vector Analysis, MA244 Analysis III, MA251 Algebra I, MA249 Algebra II, MA225 Differentiation, MA213 Second Year Essay.


Normal Load = 120 CATS. Maximum Load = 150 CATS.

The first two years are in common with the BSc Mathematics degree course G100 except that in Year 2 students must take the six core modules and must take either MA222 Metric Spaces or MA250 PDE (or both). In addition students must take at least 90 CATS credits from the core and List A combined.

To remain on the G103 course at the second year exam board students must have achieved a weighted average on their best 90 CATS of maths modules (Core and List A modules starting with an MA2 code) of a good 2.1 standard. The department strictly interprets this to mean 65.0% or above (if a student has less than 90 CATS of such modules the average os taken over the number of such CATS they have been examined for). Experience has shown that students who do not achieve this threshold struggle with the four year degree, and by being transferred to the BSc. have a better chance of achieving a good 2.1 or first class degree and can plan their future better.

Please note:4th year MMath students are not be able to take second year modules except as unusual options. It is highly unlikely that MA2 modules would be allowed as unusual so choose your modules this year to take this into account.


Normal Load = 120 CATS. Maximum Load = 150 CATS.

Students must take the 6 core modules for G100 students (total 66 CATS), plus one of the List B Warwick Business School modules below (coded IBxxx). To transfer to the Business School at the end of the second year students must get at least 50% in one of these modules, gain an overall honours mark (40% Seymour) and be successfully interviewed by WBS.


Normal Load = 120 CATS. Maximum Load = 150 CATS.

Year 2 core consists of 60 CATS of Mathematics and 60 CATS of Economics. The Economics modules are EC204 Economics 2 (30 CATS), plus either EC226 Econometrics 1 (30 CATS) or EC220/221 Mathematical Economics 1a and 1b (30 CATS). The Mathematics modules are MA251 Algebra I, MA244 Analysis III, MA222 Metric Spaces and MA225 Differentiation, plus 12 CATS from option list A for the second year of the Mathematics BSc (G100). Students taking EC226 as a core module should consider, as recommended options, ST202 Stochastic Processes and/or ST213 Mathematics of Random Events. Students taking EC220/1 as a core module should consider MA209 Variational Principles.

Note, in year 3 GL11 students transfer to the Economics department where overcatting is not permitted and level 1 modules are also not allowed as options.


Second year Mathematics and Philosophy students have transferred to the Philosophy Department and should consult their web pages regarding regulations and options.

For a full list of available modules see the relevant course regulation page.

Maths Modules

Note: The Term 1 modules MA231 Vector Analysis, MA241 Combinatorics, MA243 Geometry, MA244 Analysis III and MA251 Algebra I are all examined in the April exam period directly after the Easter vacation.
Term Code Module CATS





Term 1 MA231 Vector Analysis 12 List A Core
MA241 Combinatorics 12 List A List A
MA243 Geometry 12 List A List A
MA244 Analysis III 12 Core Core
MA251 Algebra I: Advanced Linear Algebra 12 Core Core
Terms 1 & 2 MA213 Second Year Essay 6 List A Core
MA250 Introduction to Partial Differential Equations (weeks 6 to 10, 15 to 19) 12 List A List A
Term 2 MA117 Programming for Scientists 12 List B List B
MA222 Metric Spaces 12 Core List A
MA225 Differentiation 12 Core Core
MA228 Numerical Analysis (wks 15-19) 6 List A List A
MA249 Algebra II: Groups and Rings 12 List A Core
MA252 Combinatorial Optimization 12 List A List A
MA254 Theory of ODEs 12 List A List A
MA256 Introduction to Systems Biology 12 List A List A
MA257 Introduction to Number Theory 12 List A List A
Term 3 MA209 Variational Principles 6 List A List A

Interdisciplinary Modules (IATL)

Second, third and fourth-year undergraduates from across the University faculties are now able to work together on one of IATL's 12-15 CAT interdisciplinary modules. These modules are designed to help students grasp abstract and complex ideas from a range of subjects, to synthesise these into a rounded intellectual and creative response, to understand the symbiotic potential of traditionally distinct disciplines, and to stimulate collaboration through group work and embodied learning.

Maths students can enrol on these modules as an Unusual Option, you can register for a maximum of TWO IATL modules but also be aware that on many numbers are limited and you need to register an interest before the end of the previous academic year. Contrary to this is IL006 Challenges of Climate Change which replaces a module that used to be PX272 Global Warming and is recommended by the department, form filling is not required for this option, register in the regular way on MRM.

Please see the IATL page for these modules for more information and how to be accepted onto them, but some suggestions are in the table below:

Term Code Module CATS List
Term 1 IL005 Applied Imagination 12/15 Unusual
IL006 Challenges of Climate Change 7.5/15 Unusual
Term 2 IL016 The Science of Music 7.5/12/15 Unusual

Statistics Modules

Students who have successfully completed the first year in Maths and have taken statistics options in their first year may apply to the Department of Statistics for transfer to the joint degree. Alternatively, transfer may be made at the beginning of the third year if the appropriate second year modules have been taken. Further information may be obtained from the Department of Statistics.

Term Code Module CATS List
Term 1 ST222 Games, Decisions and Behaviour 12 List A
ST220 Introduction to Mathematical Statistics 12 List A
Term 2 ST202 Stochastic Processes 12 List A

Economics Modules

The Economics 2nd and 3rd Year Handbook is available on request from the Economics Department and contains details of their modules and prerequisites, including information on which will actually run during . This information is also available from the Economics web pages.

See the Economics Handbooks for information on the Joint degree in Mathematics and Economics.

Once you have consulted the Economics handbook, Dr Cave in Economics should be consulted if you have questions about the joint degree, or about economics options for the maths degrees.

Term Code Module CATS





Term 1 EC220 Mathematical Economics 1A 15 Op Core List B
Term 2 EC221 Mathematical Economics 1B 15 Op Core List B
Terms 1,2,3 EC204 Economics 2 30 Core N/A
EC226 Econometrics 1 30 Op Core N/A

Computer Science

Term Code Module CATS List
Term 1 CS260 Algorithms 15 List B
Term 2 CS262 Logic and Verification 15 List B
CS254 Algorithmic Graph Theory 15 List B


Students from the Department of Mathematics may take any combination of the modules listed below. All exams are one hour per 6 CATS. Julie Staunton (Room PS132) will be glad to answer any queries concerning the second year Physics modules.

Module Seminars for Physics Options: Certain physics modules are supported by module seminars which start one week after the start of the module. These are timetabled locally and details will be announced at the start of each module.

Model solutions to past weeks examples are kept in a file in the Second Year Physics Laboratory.

Term Code Module CATS List
Term 1 PX266 Geophysics 7.5 List B
PX267 Hamiltonian Mechanics 7.5 List B
IL006 Climate Change 7.5/15 Unusual
PX277 Computational Physics 7.5 List B
Terms 1 & 2 PX262 Quantum mechanics and its Applications 15 List B
Term 2 PX263 Electromagnetic Theory and Optics 7.5 List B
PX264 Physics of Fluids 7.5 List B
PX268 Stars 7.5 List B
PX274 Experimental Particle Physics 7.5 List B
PX276 Methods of Mathematical Physics 7.5 List B

Philosophy Modules

Students following modules in Philosophy should register for them as normal on the module registration system, but are also encouraged to check with the Philosophy department to ensure that the module still has places available in case it is oversubscribed.

Term Code Module CATS List
Term 1 PH210 Logic II: Metatheory 15 List B
Terms 1 & 2 PH201 History of Modern Philosophy 30 List B
Term 2 PH341 Modal Logic 15 List B

Warwick Business School

Students intending to transfer at the end of the second year to the joint degree Mathematics and Business Studies run by the Warwick Business School should note at the end of the second year students must get at least 50% in any IB coded module, gain an overall honours mark (40% Seymour) and be interviewed by WBS. Information for all WBS modules can be found here.

Term Code Module CATS List
Term 1 IB133 Foundations of Accounting 12/15 List B
IB207 Mathematical Programming II 12 List B
Term 2 IB132 Foundations of Finance 12/15 List B
IB211 Simulation 12 List B
IB217 Starting a Business 6 List B
IB3A7 The Practice of Operational Research 12 List B

Centre for Education Studies

Note: we advise students to take this module in their second year rather than third since it involves teaching practice over the Easter vacation which may interfere with revision for final year modules examined immediately after that vacation.

Term Code Module CATS List
Term 2 IE3E1 Introduction to Secondary School Teaching 24 List B


The Language Centre offers academic modules in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Russian and Spanish at a wide range of levels. These modules are available for exam credit as unusual options to mathematicians in all years. Pick up a leaflet listing the modules from the Language Centre, on the ground floor of the Humanities Building by the Central Library. Full descriptions are available on request. Note that you may only take one language module (whether as an Unusual Option or from List B) for credit in each year. Language modules are available as whole year modules, or smaller term long modules; both options are available to maths students. These modules may carry 24 (12) or 30 (15) CATS and that is the credit you get. But, where a language module is offered at a choice of 24 (12) or 30 (15) CATS, you MUST choose the 24 (12) CATS version.

Plan ahead! Note 3rd and 4th year students cannot take beginners level (level 1) Language modules.

There is also an extensive and very popular programme of lifelong learning language classes provided by the centre to the local community, with discounted fees for Warwick students. Enrolment is from 9am on Wednesday of week 1. These classes do not count as credit towards your degree.

The Language Centre also offers audiovisual and computer self-access facilities, with appropriate material for individual study at various levels in Arabic, Chinese, Dutch, English, French, German, Greek, Italian, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish. (This kind of study may improve your mind, but it does not count for exam credit.)

A full module listing with descriptions is available on the Language Centre web pages.

Important note for students who pre-register for Language Centre modules

It is essential that you confirm your module pre-registration by coming to the Language Centre as soon as you can during week one of the new academic year. If you do not confirm your registration, your place on the module cannot be guaranteed. If you decide, during the summer, NOT to study a language module and to change your registration details, please have the courtesy to inform the Language Centre of the amendment.

Information on modules can be found at


After completing the second year the students will have

  • covered the foundational core;
  • had the opportunity to follow options which build on their core knowledge;
  • acquired sufficient knowledge and understanding to be in a position to make an informed choice of options in their final years;
  • (joint degrees) acquired their core mathematical knowledge and been prepared, through their choice of options, for their final year in the department of their second specialism.

Year 1 regs and modules
G100 G103 GL11 G1NC

Year 2 regs and modules
G100 G103 GL11 G1NC

Year 3 regs and modules
G100 G103

Year 4 regs and modules

Archived Material
Past Exams
Core module averages