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Year 2 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

2.3 Year 2 MORSE Course Regulations

Loading / Requirements

The minimum and normal load is 120 CATS.

The maximum load is 150 CATS.

Students must take all core modules and, in addition, students must select at least 36 CATS from List A and an appropriate number of List B / unusual option modules to reach the minimum load.

Students who wish to proceed on, or transfer to, the integrated Masters must take ST221.

It is not permitted to;

  • take more than one of EC204, EC238 and EC239
  • take more than one of IB133 and ST335. It will not be possible to take ST335 in a later year if you have chosen IB133 in year 2.
  • take more than 30 CATS of year 1 modules
  • take more than 30 CATS of unusual options

Other module restrictions may also apply as specified in module information pages.

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
EC220 Mathematical Economics 1A 12 1
IB207 Mathematical Programming II 12 1
ST202 Stochastic Processes 12 2
ST208 Mathematical Methods 12 1
ST218 Mathematical Statistics Part A 12 1
ST219 Mathematical Statistics Part B 12 2
List A

Listed modules are subject to change from year to year and some modules may be subject to availability / module pre-registration.

Module Code Module Name CATS Term
EC204 Economics 2 30 1 & 2
EC221 Mathematical Economics 1B 12 2
EC238 Economics 2: Microeconomics 15 1
EC239 Economics 2: Macroeconomics 15 2
IB320 Simulation 12 2
MA222 Metric Spaces 12 2
MA250 Introduction to Partial Differential Equations 12 2
MA258 Mathematical Analysis III 12 1
MA259 Multivariable Calculus 12 1
ST221 Linear Statistical Modelling 12 2 & 3
ST222 Games, Decisions and Behaviour 12 1
List B
Module Code Module Name CATS Term
CS259 Formal Languages 15 2
CS260 Algorithms 15 2
CS262 Logic and Verification 15 2
IB132 Foundations of Finance 12 2
IB133 Foundations of Accounting 12 1
IB217 Starting a Business 6 2
IE3E1 Introduction to Secondary School Teaching 24 2
MA117 Programming for Scientists 12 2
MA209 Variational Principles 6 3
MA241 Combinatorics 12 1
MA243 Geometry 12 1
MA249 Algebra II: Groups and Rings 12 2
MA251 Algebra I: Advanced Linear Algebra 12 1
MA252 Combinatorial Optimization 12 2
MA254 Theory of ODEs 12 2
MA256 Introduction to Systems Biology 6 3
MA257 Introduction to Number Theory 12 2
PH136 Logic 1: Introduction to Symbolic Logic (for non-Philosophy Students) 15 2
PX268 Stars 7.5 2

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.

Notes on Course Regulations

When choosing optional modules please consider carefully which modules are pre-requisites for modules you wish to take in later years.

Some optional modules are only offered subject to availability. In particular, WBS normally restricts module pre-registrations for IB modules to 60 CATS for second year MORSE and MMORSE students.

ST221 Linear Statistical Modelling is a pre-requisite for ST404 Applied Statistical Modelling, which is a core module on all the streams of the Integrated Masters. If you wish to pursue the MMORSE degree you must take ST221 in your second year. Additionally ST221 will be used in prioritisation rules for places on ST340 and ST344 from 20/21 onwards.

The second year module MA258 Mathematical Analysis III is useful preparation for certain theoretical modules in the final two years of the integrated Masters. Students pursuing the MMORSE degree are also encouraged to take
MA222 Metric Spaces. MA222 Metric Spaces has replaced MA260 Norms, Metrics and Topologies for students with their home department in Statistics.

EC238 and EC239 are the two halves of EC204; you may take either one of these independently but cannot take both as you should register for the whole module EC204 if you wish to take both halves.

MORSE students with a deeper mathematical interest are strongly advised to take MA113 Differential Equations A as this is a core prerequisite for MA256 Theory of ODEs and other, more advanced modules on (partial) differential equations.


After completing the second year the students will have:

  • Covered a range of material in mathematics, statistics, operations research and economics, and studied some of it in depth.
  • Acquired sufficient knowledge and understanding to be in a position to make an informed choice of options in their final years and to have covered the background necessary to pursue these options.