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Year 1 MORSE Course Regulations

In This Section:
Course Regulations

Year 1 MORSE
Year 2 MORSE
Year 3 BSc MORSE

Handbook Index

Handbook Contents

1 General Information
2 Course Regulations and Progression
3 Module Selection and Course Transfers
4 Teaching, Learning and Study
5 Examinations and Assessment
6 Pastoral Care and Support
7 Student Voice
8 Careers and Personal Development
9 University Information

2.1 Year 1 MORSE Course Regulations

Loading / Requirements

The minimum and normal load is 120 CATS.

The maximum load is 140 CATS points. The only exception is that for students taking 24 CATS of Language options, the maximum load is 144 CATS.

The core modules (totalling 120 CATS) must be taken.

Required modules (or specified components) must be passed at >40% to progress.

It is not permitted to;

  • take the 12 CATS module MA133 Differential Equations.
  • take more than 30 CATS of Unusual Options.

Any modules not listed (including foreign languages) are classed as Unusual Options and permission to take these modules must be obtained with a completed Unusual Option form submitted to the support office by the specified deadline. Unusual options do not count, under any circumstances, towards required CATS described in the course regulations for Core Modules, Optional Modules or letter Lists (e.g. List A, List B etc.). Further information about Unusual Options and deadlines can be found in section 3.4 of the handbook.

Core Modules
Module Code Module Name CATS Term Required*


Introduction to Quantitative Economics


1 & 2



Mathematical Programming I





Linear Algebra





Mathematical Analysis


1 & 2



Sets and Numbers





Statistical Laboratory 1


2 & 3



Introduction to Probability





Mathematical Techniques




*Modules marked as "Yes" must be passed at >40% in addition to other progression requirements.

Optional Modules

Optional module lists are subject to change from year to year and all optional modules are subject to availability.

ModuleCode ModuleName CATS Term
MA113 Differential Equations A 6 2
MA117 Programming for Scientists 12 2
MA125 Introduction to Geometry 6 1
MA134 Geometry and Motion 12 2
PH136 Logic 1: Introduction to Symbolic Logic
(for non-Philosophy Students)
15 2
PH146 Reason, Argument and Analysis 15 1
PX101 Quantum Phenomena 6 3
PX144 Introduction to Astronomy 6 2
PX147 Introduction to Particle Physics 6 2
PX148 Classical Mechanics and Relativity 12 1
Notes on Course Regulations

The core modules for the first year of the MORSE are considered to amount to a full academic year’s work (120 CATS credit) and there is no requirement for you to take any additional modules. However, if you choose, you may register for additional, optional modules. Additional modules may have no effect on your overall average mark for the year (see section on classification for further information). Bear in mind an extra module is a big commitment and you must be careful not to take on too much.

Any additional modules and the marks you gain in them will appear on your academic record. It can be worth doing additional modules for the skills you gain, as for example, in the case of foreign languages.

MORSE students with a deeper mathematical interest are strongly advised to take MA113 Differential Equations A as this is a core prerequisite for MA254 Theory of ODEs and other more advanced modules on (partial) differential equations. Note that you are not permitted to take the 12 CATS module MA133 Differential Equations.

The teaching term shown is for information only and does not form part of the official course regulations. Variations observed on the module pages and / or university timetable should be considered to be a more definitive source of information.

First Year Learning Outcomes

After completing the first year, students will have:
• Made the transition in learning style and pace from school to university mathematics.
• Been introduced to the basic concepts in university mathematics, including the notion of proof, and the applications of mathematics to problems outside mathematics.
• Been introduced to basic concepts in economics and operations research.
• Laid the foundations of knowledge, understanding and techniques necessary to proceed to the second year.