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MORSE BSc (UCAS GLN0)

General entry requirements

A levels

A*AA to include A* in Mathematics and A in Further Mathematics

Or AAA to include Mathematics and one of the following:

  • STEP (grade 2)
  • Maths AEA (Merit)
  • TMUA (score 6)

Or A*A*A to include A* in Mathematics, plus A in AS level Further Maths

Or A*A*A* to include Mathematics


IB

37 overall to include 7 in Higher Level Mathematics 'Analysis and Approaches'

Or 36 overall to include 6 in Higher Level Mathematics 'Analysis and Approaches' and one of the following:

  • STEP (grade 2)
  • TMUA (score 6)

Or 36 overall to include 7 in Higher Level Mathematics 'Applications and Interpretations' and one of the following:

  • STEP (grade 2)
  • TMUA (score 6)

BTEC

Level 3 BTECs will be considered alongside two A Levels including A Level Maths


International qualifications


Language requirements

All applicants have to meet our English Language requirements. If you cannot demonstrate that you meet these, you may be invited to take part in our Pre-sessional English course at Warwick.


Frequently asked questions

Warwick may make differential offers to students in a number of circumstances. These include students participating in the Realising Opportunities programme, or who meet two of the contextual data criteria.

Differential offers will usually be one or two grades below Warwick’s standard offer.

All students who successfully complete the Warwick IFP and apply to Warwick through UCAS will receive a guaranteed conditional offer for a related undergraduate programme (selected courses only).

Find out more about standard offers and conditions for the IFP.

We welcome applications for deferred entry.

We do not typically interview applicants. Offers are made based on your UCAS form which includes predicted and actual grades, your personal statement and school reference.

Course overview

MORSE balances mathematical theory and its practical applications with teaching from subject specialists from the departments of Mathematics, Statistics, Economics and Warwick Business School.

You will learn through a combination of lectures, small-group tutorials and practical sessions based in the Statistics Department's well-equipped undergraduate computing laboratory.

You can also take modules from outside the Statistics Department, for example from Physics, Philosophy or the Language Centre. We also work with the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries to design modules that can lead to exemptions for some Actuarial Exams.


Core modules

The first two years of the MORSE degrees follow a (mainly) fixed set of courses, laying the foundations of the four main subjects. For part of the first two years, and the whole of the third, students are free to choose from a wide range of topics. Final year students can elect to specialise in one or two of the main subject areas or can continue a balanced programme by selecting topics from all four departments.

Year One: The compulsory modules in year one concentrate on the underlying mathematical ideas. You also study basic material from economics and OR.

Year Two: In year two the statistics, economics and OR are developed further, and there is a wide range of optional modules. At the end of year two, you finalise your choice between the three-year MORSE degree and the four-year MMORSE (the latter requiring you averaged of least 60% and took the module ST221 on linear statistical modelling).

Final years: The third year includes optional modules on advanced probability, statistical modelling, and financial mathematics


Important information

We are undertaking a review of the curriculum for our MORSE degrees for 2022 entry to ensure that the programme remains at the forefront of recent developments in these important disciplines. Our core and optional modules are currently undergoing approval through the University's rigorous academic processes. As changes are confirmed, we will update the course information on this webpage. It is therefore very important that you check this webpage for the latest information before you apply and prior to accepting an offer.


Year One

Introduction to Quantitative Economics

The focus of this module is mainly on economic theory but "real world" applications of relevant theories will also be examined, subject to time limitations. The module covers aspects of microeconomics and macroeconomics. Microeconomics is concerned with the economic behaviour of individual consumers and producing firms, and their interaction in markets for goods, services and factors of production. Macroeconomics, on the other hand, is concerned with aggregate economic variables or the workings of the national economy as a whole such as Gross Domestic Product, unemployment, inflation and interest rates, and with government economic policies to influence these variables.

Mathematical Programming I

Operational Research is concerned with advanced analytical methods to support decision making, for example for resource allocation, routing or scheduling. A common problem in decision making is finding an optimal solution subject to certain constraints. Mathematical Programming I introduces you to theoretical and practical aspects of linear programming, a mathematical approach to such optimisation problems.

Linear Algebra

Linear algebra addresses simultaneous linear equations. You will learn about the properties of vector space, linear mapping and its representation by a matrix. Applications include solving simultaneous linear equations, properties of vectors and matrices, properties of determinants and ways of calculating them. You will learn to define and calculate eigenvalues and eigenvectors of a linear map or matrix. You will have an understanding of matrices and vector spaces for later modules to build on.

Mathematical Analysis

Analysis is the rigorous study of calculus. In this module there will be considerable emphasis throughout on the need to argue with much greater precision and care than you had to at school. With the support of your fellow students, lecturers and other helpers, you will be encouraged to move on from the situation where the teacher shows you how to solve each kind of problem, to the point where you can develop your own methods for solving problems. By the end of the year you will be able to answer interesting questions like, what do we mean by `infinity'?

Sets and Numbers

It is in its proofs that the strength and richness of mathematics is to be found. University mathematics introduces progressively more abstract ideas and structures, and demands more in the way of proof, until most of your time is occupied with understanding proofs and creating your own. Learning to deal with abstraction and with proofs takes time. This module will bridge the gap between school and university mathematics, taking you from concrete techniques where the emphasis is on calculation, and gradually moving towards abstraction and proof.

Statistical Laboratory 1

If you’re studying ST115 (Introduction to Probability) or ST111/2 (Probability), this course supports your understanding of statistical analysis. You’ll lay foundations for applying mathematical probability, and learn to calculate using probabilities and expectations. You’ll become familiar with the R software package for exploratory data analysis, and gain experience of elementary simulation techniques on real data, and, using visualisations, be able to propose probabilistic models for simple data sets. You’ll also cover sampling technique (standard discrete and continuous distributions – Bernoulli, geometric, Poisson, Gaussian and gamma) and learn generic sampling methods for univariate distributions, preparing you to move on to ST221 (Linear Statistical Modelling).

Introduction to Probability

Following modules MA137 (Mathematical Analysis) and MA138 (Sets and Numbers), this builds your knowledge by introducing key notions of probability and developing your ability to calculate using probabilities and expectations. You will experiment with random outcomes through the notion of events and their probability, and look at examples of discrete and continuous probability spaces. You will learn counting methods (inclusion–exclusion formula and binomial coefficients), and study theoretical topics including conditional probability and Bayes’ Theorem. Later, you will scrutinise important families of distributions and the distribution of random variables, and the light this shines on the properties of expectations. Finally, you will examine mean, variance and co-variance of distribution, through Chebyshev's and Cauchy-Schwartz inequalities.

Mathematical Techniques

Want to think like a mathematician? This practical, problem-solving module is for you. Building on your A-level knowledge, you’ll develop a deeper understanding of mathematical concepts and relations, using problem-solving techniques such as visualisation and pattern exploration. Using concrete examples from counting, combinatorics, calculus, geometry and inequalities, you will learn to express mathematical concepts clearly and precisely and enhance your mathematical and logical reasoning and communication skills. By the end of the module, you’ll be able to comprehend, construct, visualise and present a coherent mathematical argument.

Year Two

Stochastic Processes

The concept of a stochastic (developing randomly over time) process is a useful and surprisingly beautiful mathematical tool in economics, biology, psychology and operations research. In studying the ideas governing sequential stochastic processes, you’ll learn about Markov chains, which use conditional probability for a widely applicable family of random processes; random walks – the building blocks for constructing other processes as well as being important in their own right – and renewal theory, for processes that ‘begin all over again’. Your understanding will extend to notions of behaviour, including transience, recurrence and equilibrium, and you will apply these ideas to problems in probability theory.

Mathematical Methods

Following the algebraic modules MA106 (Linear Algebra) and MA137 (Mathematical Analysis), you will gain expertise in the everyday techniques of probability and statistics essential to your continued study. You will gain a grounding in optimisation, convergence, regression and best approximation. By the end of your course, expect to apply multivariate calculus (integration, calculation of under-surface volumes, variable formulae and Fubini’s Theorem) and to use partial derivatives, critical points and extrema, and to understand constrained optimisation. You will work on eigenvalues and eigenvectors, diagonalisation, characteristic polynomials, constant co-efficient differential equations, and orthogonal bases and orthonormalisation. You will also study convergence and continuity in metric spaces to advance your mathematical thinking.

Mathematical Statistics Part A

If you have already completed ST115 (Introduction to Probability), on this module, you will have the opportunity to acquire the knowledge you need to study more advanced topics in probability. You will study discrete, continuous and multivariate distributions in greater depth, and also learn about Jacobian transformation formula, conditional and multivariate Gaussian distributions, and the related distributions Chi-squared, Student’s and Fisher. In the second part, you will move on to more advanced topics, including moment-generating functions for random variables, convergence, and the Law of Large Number and the Central Limit Theorem.

Mathematical Statistics Part B

If you’ve completed Part A, this second-term module is your next step, where you’ll study the major ideas behind statistical inference, with an emphasis on likelihood methods of estimation, repeated sampling, and testing. You’ll learn to apply important models (such as the parametrised statistical model), hypothesis tests, linear models, estimators, and the Chi-squared goodness of fit. You’ll spend time calculating sampling distributions (Fisher’s theorem), and confidence intervals, and understand the principles of data reduction, point estimation and the notion of sufficient statistics. You’ll also become familiar with asymptotic normality and contingency tables, giving you a very firm foundation for your future engagement in advanced mathematical statistics.

Mathematical Economics 1A

This module aims to provide a basic understanding of pure game theory and also introduce You will acquire a sense of the importance of strategic considerations in economic problem solving and will learn that a few simple, intuitive principles, formulated precisely, can go a long way in understanding the fundamental aspects of many economic problems.

Mathematical Programming II

This module builds on the first year module IB104 Mathematical Programming 1. You will learn how to identify the business problems that can be modelled using optimisation techniques and formulate them in a suitable mathematical form. You will then apply optimisation techniques to the solution of the problems using spreadsheets and other appropriate software and learn how to report on the meaning of the optimal solution in a manner suited to a business context.

Year Three

The third (final) year of the BSc has no compulsory modules, so you can specialise in your chosen area(s).


Optional modules

Optional modules can vary from year to year. Example optional modules may include:

  • Geometry and Motion
  • Quantum Phenomena
  • Games, Decisions and Behaviour
  • Linear Statistical Modelling
  • Simulation
  • Introduction to Mathematical Finance
  • Programming for Data Science
  • Bayesian Forecasting and Intervention
  • Mathematics of Machine Learning
  • Statistical learning and Big Data (MMORSE)
  • Advanced Trading Strategies (MMORSE)

Assessment

You will be assessed by a combination of closed and open-book examinations, continuous assessment and project work, depending on your options.

The first year counts 10%, the second year 30% and the third year 60% towards the final BSc degree mark.

Teaching

You will learn from a combination of lectures, small-group tutorials and practical sessions based in the Statistics Department's well-equipped undergraduate computing laboratory. Many core modules are designed specifically with MORSE students in mind. These cover the technical intricacies of theoretical subjects, while emphasising their modern applications.

Core modules are taught by staff from all four partner departments, and involve deriving theorems, optimisation, quantitative reasoning and modelling complex systems. MMORSE students work on their own research project under the guidance of a lecturer or professor.

Overseas and European students forming about one-third of the intake allowing our students to form lifelong, global friendship networks whilst at Warwick.


Class sizes

Class sizes vary from 15 students for selected optional modules up to 350 students for some core modules. Support classes usually consist of 15 students.

Tuition fees

Tuition fees cover the majority of the costs of your study, including teaching and assessment. Fees are charged at the start of each academic year. If you pay your fees directly to the University, you can choose to pay in instalments.

Undergraduate fees

If you are a home student enrolling in 2021, your annual tuition fees will be £9,250. In the future, these fees might change for new and continuing students.


2+2 course fees

If you are a home student enrolling in 2021 for a 2+2 course through the Centre for Lifelong Learning, your annual tuition fees will be £6,750. In the future, these fees might change for new and continuing students.


How are fees set?

The British Government sets tuition fee rates.

Learn more about fees from UCAS.

Undergraduate fees

If you are an EU student enrolling in 2021, the tuition fee will be charged in line with government policy and therefore the same as Overseas Tuition Fee rates.

For details please see Overseas students section below.

Undergraduate fees

If you are an overseas or EU student enrolling in 2021, your annual tuition fees will be as follows:

  • Band 1 – £21,220 per year (classroom-based courses, including Humanities and most Social Science courses)
  • Band 2 – £27,060 per year (laboratory-based courses, plus Theatre and Performance Studies, Economics, and courses provided by Warwick Business School, with exceptions)

Fees for 2022 entry have not been set. We will publish updated information here as soon as it becomes available, so please check back for updates about 2022 fee rates before you apply.


Fee status guidance

We carry out an initial fee status assessment based on the information you provide in your application. Students from 2021 entry will be classified as Home or EU/Overseas fee status. Your fee status determines tuition fees, and what financial support and scholarships may be available. If you receive an offer, your fee status will be clearly stated alongside the tuition fee information.

Do you need your fee classification to be reviewed?

If you believe that your fee status has been classified incorrectly, you can complete a fee status assessment questionnaire. Please follow the instructions in your offer information and provide the documents needed to reassess your status.

Find out more about how universities assess fee status.


Additional course costs

There may be extra costs related to your course for things such as stationery, books, materials and field trips.


Further information

Find out more about tuition fees from our Student Finance team.


Scholarships and bursaries

Learn about scholarships and bursaries available to undergraduate students.

We offer a number of undergraduate scholarships and bursaries to full-time undergraduate students. These include sporting and musical bursaries, and scholarships offered by commercial organisations.

Find out more about funding opportunities for full-time students.

If you are an international student, a limited number of scholarships may be available.

Find out more information on our international scholarship pages.


You may be eligible for financial help from your own government, from the British Council or from other funding agencies. You can usually request information on scholarships from the Ministry of Education in your home country, or from the local British Council office.


Warwick Undergraduate Global Excellence Scholarship 2021

We believe there should be no barrier to talent. That's why we are committed to offering a scholarship that makes it easier for gifted, ambitious international learners to pursue their academic interests at one of the UK's most prestigious universities. This new scheme will offer international fee-paying students 250 tuition fee discounts ranging from full fees to awards of £13,000 to £2,000 for the full duration of your Undergraduate degree course.

Find out more about the Warwick Undergraduate Global Excellence Scholarship 2021.

We provide extra financial support for qualifying students from lower income families. The Warwick Undergraduate Bursary is an annual award of up to £3,000 per annum. It is intended to help with course-related costs and you do not have to pay it back.

Find out more about your eligibility for the Warwick Undergraduate Bursary.

As part of the 'City of Sanctuary' movement, we are committed to building a culture of hospitality and welcome, especially for those seeking sanctuary from war and persecution. We provide a range of scholarships to enable people seeking sanctuary or asylum to progress to access university education.

Find out more about the Warwick Undergraduate Sanctuary Scholarships for asylum seekers.

Further information

Find out more about Warwick undergraduate bursaries and scholarships.

Eligibility for student loans

Your eligibility for student finance will depend on certain criteria, such as your nationality and residency status, your course, and previous study at higher education level.

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Tuition Fee Loan

You can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan to cover your tuition fees. It is non-means tested, which means the amount you can receive is not based on your household income. The Loan is paid directly to the University so, if you choose to take the full Tuition Fee Loan, you won’t have to set up any payments.

Maintenance Loan for living costs

You can apply for a Maintenance Loan towards your living costs such as accommodation, food and bills. This loan is means-tested, so the amount you receive is partially based on your household income and whether you choose to live at home or in student accommodation.

Find out more about government student loans for home students residing in England.

Tuition Fee Loan

For the 2020 academic year, you can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan to cover your tuition fees if you’re from an EU country. It is non-means tested, which means the amount you can receive is not based on your household income. The Loan is paid directly to the University so, if you choose to take the full Tuition Fee Loan, you won’t have to set up any payments.

Help with living costs

For the 2020 academic year, you may be eligible for help with your living costs if you’ve lived in the UK for more than 5 years before the first day of the first academic year of your course.

If you are starting a course on or after 1 August 2021, you must have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme to get student finance.

Find out more about government student loans for EU students.

Repaying your loans

You will repay your loan or loans gradually once you are working and earning above a certain amount (from April 2021 the repayment threshold is £27,295 and is expected to rise each year). Repayments will be taken directly from your salary if you are an employee. If your income falls below the earnings threshold, your repayments will stop until your income goes back up above this figure.

Find out more about repaying your student loan.

Placements and work experience

You may additionally choose to spend an 'intercalated' year in an approved industry, business or university between your last two years at Warwick.

Your career

Recent graduates have pursued job roles such as:

  • Actuaries, economists and statisticians
  • Software developers
  • Chartered and certified accountants
  • Finance and investment analysts
  • Teachers
  • Telecommunication designers
  • Data scientists and engineers
  • Academics

UK firms that have employed recent Warwick graduates from the Mathematics and Statistics Departments include:

  • Adder Technology
  • Amazon
  • BlackRock International
  • Merrill Lynch
  • Brainlabs
  • Civil Service
  • Conduent
  • Darktrace
  • Deloitte
  • Department of Health
  • eBay
  • Ford Motor Company
  • Fore Consulting
  • Goldman Sachs
  • Government Actuaries
  • Investec
  • Jane Street Capital
  • KPMG
  • Lloyds
  • MBDA
  • Metaswitch
  • Met Office
  • Ministry of Justice
  • RenaissanceRe (Syndicate 1458)
  • Oxford Clinical Trials Unit
  • Softwire
  • Solid Solutions
  • Sword Apak
  • Ten10
  • Towers Watson
  • Xafinity

Supporting your career

Our department has a dedicated professionally qualified Senior Careers Consultant to support you. They offer impartial advice and guidance, together with workshops and events throughout the year. Previous examples of workshops and events include:

  • Finding experience to boost your CV in Year One and Two
  • Careers in Data Science and Artificial Intelligence
  • Warwick careers fairs throughout the year
  • Interview skills for Statistics students
  • Maths and Stats Careers Fair

Find out more about careers support at Warwick.

Life at Warwick

Within a close-knit community of staff and students from all over the world, discover a campus alive with possibilities. A place where all the elements of your student experience come together in one place. Our supportive, energising, welcoming space creates the ideal environment for forging new connections, having fun and finding inspiration.

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Warwick Accommodation

Finding the right accommodation is key to helping you settle in quickly.

We have 12 self-catering undergraduate halls of residence on campus.

Our student property management and lettings agency manages more than 8,000 rooms both on and off campus, and provides advice to all full-time undergraduates.

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Our campus

You won't be short of ways to spend your time on campus - whether it's visiting Warwick Arts Centre, using our incredible new sports facilities, socialising in our bars, nightclub and cafés, or enjoying an open-air event. Or if you need some peace and quiet, you can explore lakes, woodland and green spaces just a few minutes’ walk from central campus.

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Food and drink

We have lots of cafés, restaurants and shops on campus. You can enjoy great quality food and drink, with plenty of choice for all tastes and budgets. There is a convenience store on central campus, as well as two supermarkets and a small shopping centre in the nearby Cannon Park Retail Park. Several of them offer delivery services to help you stay stocked up.

And don't miss our regular food market day on the Piazza with tempting, fresh and delicious street food. Soak up the atmosphere and try something new, with mouth-watering food for all tastes.

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Societies

Clubs and societies

We currently have more than 300 student-run societies.

So whether you’re into films, martial arts, astronomy, gaming or musical theatre, you can instantly connect with people with similar interests.

Or you could try something new, or even form your own society.

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Sport

Sports and fitness

Staying active at Warwick is no sweat, thanks to our amazing new Sports and Wellness Hub, indoor and outdoor tennis centre, 60 acres of sports pitches, and more than 60 sports clubs.

Whether you want to compete, relax or just have fun, you can achieve your fitness goals.

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Studying on campus

Our campus is designed to cater for all of your learning needs.

You will benefit from a variety of flexible, well-equipped study spaces and teaching facilities across the University.

  • The Oculus, our outstanding learning hub, houses state-of-the-art lecture theatres and innovative social learning and network areas.
  • The University Library provides access to over one million printed works and tens of thousands of electronic journals
  • Three Learning Grids offering you flexible individual and group study spaces.

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Local Life

Travel and local area

Our campus is in Coventry, a modern city with high street shops, restaurants, nightclubs and bars sitting alongside medieval monuments. The Warwickshire towns of Leamington Spa and Kenilworth are also nearby.

The University is close to major road, rail and air links. London is just an hour by direct train from Coventry, with Birmingham a 20-minute trip. Birmingham International Airport is nearby (a 20-minute drive).

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Support and Wellbeing

Wellbeing support and faith provision

Our continuous support network is here to help you adjust to student life and to ensure you can easily access advice on many different issues. These may include managing your finances and workload, and settling into shared accommodation. We also have specialist disability and mental health support teams.

Our Chaplaincy is home to Chaplains from the Christian, Jewish and Muslim faiths. We provide regular services for all Christian denominations and a Shabbat meal every Friday for our Jewish students. There is also an Islamic prayer hall, halal kitchen and ablution facilities.

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