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Information for our Offer Holders

The information here relates to incoming students for October 2020 entry. For October 2021 please go to our current version of this page.


We have sent an email to you as incoming students today. If you have not received this, please read this copy with information about a Mathematics Refresher Course, On Campus Arrival Date, and IT for Online Learning. Please read this now as some of the information is time sensitive.

The university has updated Stay safe, where you can find guidance for new and returning students.

Updated 3rd September 2020

About late arrival and remote learning during term 1:

The university has issued new detailed guidance about late arrival on campus. An email with related information is being sent to you by the Department of Statistics. In particular, it includes a link to a form to let us now about your arrival time which needs to be filled out by the end of 9th September.

Updated 28th August 2020

University updates about A level replacement marks and confirmation of offers

University information on when to arrive on campus

Updated 21st August 2020

A glimpse of the future: sample lecture

We are pleased to offer you the chance to see how we will expand your current knowledge. This lecture is designed to be accessible to you and will explore new questions and provide you with the opportunity to explore these ideas. You can start your journey and join in through our Sample Lecture.

Updated 24th July 2020

Teaching plans for first year undergraduates in 2020/21

Prospective students in 2020/21

Updated 12nd June 2020

We just launched the 4th package as part of Welcome2020!

This is a new webpage for you with mathematical puzzles, training resource and data-driven research that you can try on your own.
Updated 2nd June 2020

Offer holder visit day online material

We really regret that we had to cancel our Offer Holder Visit Day on Tuesday March 17 and hope that registered participants appreciate the importance of us abiding by the government guidelines. Lectures delivered at the Offer Holder Visit Day on Monday March 16 are now available to any offer holder, can be found on the Offer Holder March 2020 Lecture webpage. (Note you will be asked to sign in with your applicant ID and password.)
You can find more information about our courses on our Undergraduate courses website as well as answers to questions commonly asked by prospective students for MORSE / MathStat and Data Science. If you have further questions about the course please contact our Support Office at
Information and advice for prospective students relating to the Covid-19 outbreak can be found on the Warwick University's Advice for prospective students pages.
Updated 19th March 2020

Congratulations on receiving an offer to study at Warwick

This page contains information for applicants who have received an offer, or who have been recommended by the Department to receive an offer, to study for any of the Data Science, MathStat or MORSE degrees at Warwick. Answers to questions commonly asked by prospective students are available for MORSE / MathStat and Data Science.

The offer-holder visit days

helperuggrouppicture.jpgIt was wonderful to talk with so many of our offer-holders at the Offer-Holder Visit Day on 16th March.

We really regret that we had to cancel our Offer Holder Visit Day on Tuesday March 17 and hope that registered participants appreciate the importance of us abiding by the government guidelines.
Lectures delivered at the Offer Holder Visit Day on Monday March 16 are now available to any offer holder, please click here. (Note you will be asked to sign in with your applicant ID and password.)
If you have any questions about the course please contact our Support Office at
Information and advice for prospective students relating to the Covid-19 outbreak can also be found on our FAQ pages.

Some questions and solutions from the lecture "How to Solve It" are here: Question 12 (STEP III 1998), Question 14 (STEP II 1999, including further comments on extensions of the question, applications and relationships to modules taught as part of our programs). Also see the Wikipedia page about the book How to Solve It by G. Polya.

You are welcome to review the main talk: Risk and Predictability - Where Might Modern Mathematics Take Me?

  • Introduction to the day: Professor Jon Forster, Head of the Statistics Department. (Slides)
  • Risk and predictability: Professor Jon Forster (Slides), Dr Jere Koskela (Slides), Dr Tessy Papavasileiou (Slides).

The full variety of research in our department is illustrated on individual staff's home pages. Warwick was recently been awarded Queen’s Anniversary Prize for its research in Mathematics and Statistics.

For offer-holders who did not make it to one of the Visit days, we are making some of the other material available here, too:

If you have further questions, please do not hesitate to email Jessica Shuttleworth stats dot ug dot support at warwick dot ac dot uk;. University services represented at the Visit Days can also be contacted:

The next step: your decision

Deciding on your Firm and Insurance choices is a very important decision. We hope to help you to decide whether Warwick is the best place for your degree course. Our students are extremely important to the life of the Department; if you do come to study here, we want you to be sure that the choice you made was the right one for you. Below is information which may help you decide.

The course structure

Studying in one of our degree courses means following your passion for mathematical sciences and combining it with modern applications. The detailed course guides highlighting many aspects of the course organisation can be found here. You may also enjoy our Data Science video featuring Prof David Firth and Dr Sarah Wade and our Statistics video (about MORSE and MathStat) featuring Prof Saul Jacka.

Study experience captures concrete aspects of studying for our degrees with statements of current students and a sample first year time table. More about learning of mathematical subjects can be found on the Study Advice page


A summary of the excellent job prospects can be found at our website "Warwick Graduates in Demand!". Specific lists of possible careers can be found in our destinations flyer and a nice visualisation for MORSE careers can be found at the (external) website ALLABOUTCAREERS. Concrete examples of first jobs after graduation can be found at our Recent Alumni page. Consider our general leaflets: Data Science (PDF Document), MathStat (PDF Document) and MORSE (PDF Document).


Some frequently asked questions

Below are some of the questions we heard most during the offer-holder visit days in March. More admissions-related questions can be found at

How do you teach? There is a variety of formats including lectures and exercise classes for larger groups, and computer labs, supervisions and meetings with the personal tutor in smaller groups. A crucial part of learning happens through mathematical problem solving, which often preoccupies young minds wherever they are: walking around the lake, waiting at a bus stop or swimming their lanes. Many of our students form study groups and meet in the work areas around the department or in the library to discuss their work. A sample first year time table can be found at the Study Experience page. In later years, students will have an increasing amount of freedom with regard to module choices. They will also have the opportunity to work on a group project and a poster session. Students in our four-year degree devote about a quarter of their time in the final year to a research project supervised by one of our lecturers or professors. This includes giving a short oral presentation, presenting a poster and writing a dissertation.

What happens if I do not make the offer? Depending on by how much you missed it, how many spaces are left and many other factors you may or may not still be in. The single most important factor that may help you in this situation is a STEP or AEA paper result.

What if I do not do well on AEA/STEP? These papers can only boost your performance. If the results are not good they will be ignored.

What is the difference between maths at school and at university? Most of all it is a matter of volume and emphasis. A more detailed answer is on our Study Advice page.

Who can I ask if I do not understand the material taught? The most natural strategy is to ask questions in a supervision class, tutorial or lab. Teachers of smaller group sessions are usually grateful for questions, because it provides useful feedback about the students' progress. In addition, you can talk to the lecturer or to your personal tutor during office hours. And you can of course discuss the material with your fellow students.

Can I change between Data Science, MORSE, MathStats and the M-versions of the two latter ones? Yes. Changes between the 3 and 4 year versions of the MORSE and the MathStat degrees are possible up to the beginning of the third year. Changes between different degrees are possible until and on arrival in October and may be possible later subject to appropriate choice of modules.

How does MORSE differ from a Mathematics and Economics or Mathematics with Economics degree course? All of these are mathematically oriented degree courses with a strong bias towards interesting application areas. MORSE is uniquely distinctive in offering not only economic theory and the most relevant parts of university-level mathematics, but also the highly complimentary disciplines of Operational Research (often also called management science) and Statistics. The resulting combination of knowledge and skills puts MORSE graduates in an especially strong position on the job market. MORSE students in their final year (or the final two years of a 4-year course) can choose to emphasize strongly the mathematics and economics parts of the curriculum, if they so wish; or they may choose a different emphasis.

Can I do an internship? Many of our students do at least one internship. The most popular time is the summer after the second year. A decent number of them actually receive a job offer as a result, long before graduating. At the same time, an intership is an excellent opportunity to test in practice whether your career goal really matches your hopes and expectations. If that is not the case, you still have one or more years to optimise your module choices in view of different career goals. In the past, we have seen aspiring investment bankers going into computing, science or government statistics - and vice versa. The Careers Service is very supportive in helping to find promising opportunities and preparing for interviews. Two of our students describe their internship experiences in our March 2014 newsletter (PDF Document) (see page 2 there).