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Course Regulations for Year 2

Note that for students commencing their studies before 2022/23, this page is not for you! Please consult the old regulations here.


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

Students must take the 5 core modules (total 55 CATS), at least one of the optional core modules (10 CATS), at least one other module from List A (10 CATS) plus other options. If you take both optional core modules then one of those will count towards your List A requirement. List A modules have a high mathematical content.

The Core modules are: MA260 Norms, Metrics and Topologies, MA262 Scientific Communication, MA265 Methods of Mathematical Modelling 3, MA268 Algebra 3 and MA270 Analysis 3. The Optional Cores are: MA263 Multivariable Analysis and MA266 Multilinear Algebra.

Please note that if you wish to transfer to the G103 degree either in your second year, or later in your third year, you must have fulfilled the conditions for that degree this year (see below).


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 both modules that are optional core for G100 and 95 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 70 CATS of maths modules (Core and List A modules starting with an MA2 code, but excluding MA262 Scientific Communication) of a good 2.1 standard. The department strictly interprets this to mean 65.0% or above. 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. For students who take 95 CATS of Core and List A, but fewer than 70 CATS of MA2 modules, we would take the average over the MA2 modules that have been taken, and then look at the overall mark profile, including the other List A modules taken, to make a progression decision on a case by case basis.

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 satisfy the requirements for G100 above and, in addition, take IB2D9 Finance in Practice (15 CATS) and at least one other 15 CAT IB1xx or IB2xx module from List B. To transfer to the Business School at the end of the second year students must get at least 50% in these IB modules, gain an overall honours mark (40% end of year) and be successfully interviewed by WBS.


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

Year 2 consists of 30 CATS of Mathematics core, 60 CATS of Economics core, plus a minimum of 30 CATS from List A. 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 core modules are MA260 Norms, Metrics and Topologies (10 CATS), MA265 Methods of Mathematical Modelling (10 CATS) and MA270 Analysis 3 (10 CATS).

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.

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

Maths Modules

Note: The Term 1 modules are all examined in the April exam period directly after the Easter vacation, and the others in the Summer exam period. In general 10 CAT modules have 2 hour exams.
For students who commenced studies before the 2021/22 academic year, in order to progress to the 3rd year you must pass at least 60 CATS of modules in your second year and have an end of year average over 40%. You can still proceed whilst failing (some) core modules.
For students commencing studies as first years in the academic year 2021/22 or later, in order to progress to the 3rd year you must pass at least 90 CATS of modules in your second year and have an end of year average over 40%.
Term Code Module CATS







Term 1 MA241 Combinatorics 10 List A List A List A
MA243 Geometry 10 List A List A List A
MA250 Partial Differential Equations 10 List A List A List A
MA256 Introduction to Mathematical Biology 10 List A List A List A
MA265 Methods of Mathematical Modelling 3 10 Core Core Core
MA270 Analysis 3 10 Core Core Core
MA268 Algebra 3 10 Core Core List A
MA2K3 Consolidation (by invitation) 7.5 Unusual Unusual Unusual
Terms 1 & 2 MA262 Scientific Communication (replaces MA213 Essay) 15 Core Core List A
Term 2 MA117 Programming for Scientists 10 List B List B List B
MA252 Combinatorial Optimization 10 List A List A List A
MA254 Theory of ODEs 10 List A List A List A
MA257 Introduction to Number Theory 10 List A List A List A
MA260 Norms, Metrics and Topologies 10 Core Core Core
MA263 Multivariable Analysis 10 Optional Core Core List A
MA266 Multilinear Algebra 10 Optional Core Core List A
MA269 Asymptotics and Integral Transforms 10 List A List A List A
MA2K4 Numerical Methods and Computing 10 List A List A List A

Maths Modules for External Students

These modules are not available to Maths students.

Term Code Module CATS
Term 1 MA264 Mathematical Methods and Modelling 3 10
MA267 Groups and Rings 10
MA271 Mathematical Analysis 3 10
Term 2 MA222 Metric Spaces 10

Interdisciplinary Modules (IATL and GSD)

Second, third and fourth-year undergraduates from across the University faculties are now able to work together on one of IATL's 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 GD305 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 e:MR (this module is run by Global Sustainable Development from 2018 on).

Please see the IATL page for the full list of modules that you can choose from, 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

15 Unusual
GD305 Challenges of Climate Change (also runs again in Term 2) 15 Unusual
Term 2 IL008 Reinventing Education 15 Unusual

Serious Tabletop Game Design and Development

15 Unusual
IL016 The Science of Music  15 Unusual
IL023 Genetics: Science and Society 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.

For those interested in probability and statistics modules, please see the Studying Probability and Statistics for further information.

Term Code Module CATS List
Term 1 ST234 Games and Decisions 10 List B
ST232 Introduction to Mathematical Statistics 15 List A
Term 2 ST227 Stochastic Processes 10 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 the year. 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, the Economics department 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 but must have taken

EC106 or EC107

Term 2 EC221 Mathematical Economics 1B 15 Op Core

List B but must have taken

EC106 or EC107

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. Please contact the Physics department to answer any queries concerning their second year 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.

Term Code Module CATS List
Term 1 PX286 Methods of Mathematical Physics 10 List B
Terms 1 & 2 PX262 Quantum Mechanics and its Applications 15 List B
PX280 Environmental Physics 15 List B

Stars and the Solar System

15 List B
PX281 Computational Physics 15 List B
PX285 Hamiltonian and Fluid Mechanics 15 List B
Terms 1, 2 & 3 PX284 Statistical Mechanics, Electromagnetic Theory and Optics 15 List B

Philosophy Modules

Students wishing to follow modules in Philosophy should first check the Philosophy Department website to ensure there is space on their chosen module(s). If there is space, students should register for the modules using the online module registration system when it opens in September. If the module is marked as full, students may add their name to the waiting list for a space, and will be contact ted by the Philosophy office if a place becomes available.

Students on Maths courses may be particularly interested in the following options:
PH210 Logic 2: Metatheory (Term 1)
PH340 Logic 3: Incompleteness and Undecidability (Term 2)
PH342 Philosophy of Mathematics (Term 2)
PH345 Computability Theory (Term 2)

Note: PH2** and PH3** are available to all honours-level students. Students should check the module catalogue for any pre-requisites for their chosen modules. Other than the two modules below you also need to fill in an Unusual Option form to gain permission from Maths.

Term Code Module CATS List
Term 1 PH210 Logic II: Metatheory 15 List B
Term 2 PH342 Philosophy of Maths 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. See the information for all WBS modules.

Note that for any WBS module you MUST register on both the University registration system (eVision) and the WBS system (MyWBS), with the same CATS weighting. Failure to do this may mean that you will not be permitted to continue on the module and be removed from it.

You will need to register on myWBS in the Spring of the previous academic year to ensure you have secured your place on the modules. NOTE that from next year IB132 and IB133 will be available to maths students, but will have different module codes for second year students.

PLEASE NOTE 2: From 2020/21 all 2nd year WBS modules will only be available at 15 CATS not 12.

Term Code Module CATS List
Term 1 IB2D3 Accounting in Practice 15 List B
IB207 Mathematical Programming II 12 List B
Term 2 IB2D9 Finance in Practice 15 List B

Centre for Teaching Education

While the 15 CAT module does not involve a school placement, students who complete the 30 CAT module have the opportunity to support teaching and learning in practice through activities in a school or creating online learning resources for secondary age pupils.

Term Code Module CATS List
Term 2 EP304 Introduction to Secondary Maths Teaching 15 List B
EP304 Introduction to Secondary Maths Education 30 List B


The Language Centre ( offers a wide range of modules at various levels in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Portuguese and Spanish.

To help you achieve your language learning goals, to acquire a new language or improve your language skills, several choices are available:

a. Modules for credit on the Academic Programme 

These can be taken as part of your undergraduate degree course. There are a range of levels available, as well as accelerated options for those who want to develop their language skills at a faster pace. More information is available from: 

Note that you may only take one language module (as an Unusual Option, but you do not need to fill in an Unusual Option form) for credit in each year.  

Plan ahead! Note that 3rd and 4th year students may not take beginners level (level 1) language modules. 

b. Modules not for credit on the Academic Programme 

The same modules as those available for credit are also available to take in addition to degree studies. A fee applies to these modules. More information is available from: 

c. Courses not for credit on the Lifelong Language Learning (LLL) Programme 

A programme of language courses available to students, staff and members of the wider community from beginner to more advanced levels. More information is available from:


Enrolment takes place online for all programmes, from mid-September. Anyone intending to take a language at the Language Centre must ensure that they:

  • Follow the pre-enrolment procedure as detailed on the Language Centre website.
  • Abide by their department’s rules/guidelines if enrolling on an academic module for credit.

Academic modules: Please consult Language Centre - Academic Enrolment ( for further information on the enrolment process. The Language Centre can also be contacted by email at for more information on these modules.

Lifelong Language Learning courses: Please consult Language Centre - Enrolment for Lifelong Language Learning (LLL) Courses ( The Language Centre can also be contacted by email at for more information on these courses.


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.