The University of Southampton
Mathematical Sciences

GL11 MMORSE (Mathematics, Operational Research, Statistics and Economics) (4 years)

This new 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. 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. 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.

Introducing your degree

Based on our highly successful three-year degree, BSc MORSE, and leveraging the expertise from our postgraduate masters programmes, this course 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, MMORSE offers an exceptionally wide range of options while providing a solid foundation in the mathematical sciences. It will promote rigourous thinking and develop your analytical and quantitative skills preparing your for future success.


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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This programme can offer a large number of exemptions from the professional Core Technical subjects (CT1 - CT8) of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries. We are one of few universities to be able to offer all eight exemptions on our Maths with Actuarial Sciences programme.

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 Masters degree in MMORSE: Mathematics, Operational Research, Statistics and Economics. Students take eight 7.5 ECTS 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, third and fourth 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, including 30 ECTS in Level 3 modules.

Honours degree of MORSE (BSc (Honours)), following successful completion of at least 180 ECTS, including 45 ECTS in Level 3 modules.

Each of Part I, Part II, and Part III carries 60 ECTS.

Key Facts

  • 100% of our research is world-leading or internationally-excellent (REF, 2014)
  • World top 100 for Statistics and Operational Research (QS World Rankings 2017)
  • One of the largest mathematics departments in the UK
  • In the 2016 National Student Survey, 100% BSc MORSE students were satisfied with the overall quality of their course

Entry Requirements

Typical entry requirements

A Levels:
GCE A-levelFor 2018 entry our standard offer is AAA or equivalent, including grade A in A-level Mathematics or; AABB or equivalent, 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 Baccalaureate36 points, 18 at higher level, including 6 in higher level mathematics
Cambridge Pre-U

Our normal requirements are for D3D3D3 in the three principle subjects including Mathematics.

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

English Language Requirements

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:

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.

In the final year you will take a full year research project.

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 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.

The Maths modules available as options in year 3 includes, but is not restricted to: Mathematical Finance, Actuarial Mathematics I, Communicating and Teaching MathematicsMathematical Biology and Algebraic Topology.

Year 4

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.

MMath Project

These modules are only indicative examples of the options available. There is a wide array of option modules to choose from, subject to availability

Numerical Methods
Actuarial Mathematics I
Stochastic OR Methods
Corporate Finance 1

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).

Fees & funding

Tuition fees

NameYear of entryMode of studyUK/EUInternationalChannel Islands
MMORSE Mathematics, Operational Research, Statistics and Economics2018Full-time£9,250£16,536£9,250
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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 Licences: 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: 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

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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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%

Study Locations

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