Mathematics, Operational Research, Statistics and Economics (MORSE)

BSc Hons

  • UCAS code GLN0
  • Entry year 2025 or 2024
  • A level requirements AAA
  • Duration Full time 3 Years

Overview

Top reasons to study with us

  • 10

    10th for in Mathematics

    The Guardian University Guide (2024)

  • 11

    11th for Research Quality for Economics

    The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide (2024)

  • 14

    14th for Mathematics

    The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide (2024)

Introduction

BSc Mathematics, Operational Research, Statistics, and Economics (MORSE) is a coherent degree designed for students who wish to apply their mathematical skills to solve real-world problems in business and industry.

Our programme covers:

  • Foundational mathematics topics such as Algebra and Calculus, developing your technical knowledge and mathematical skills.
  • Operational research modules demonstrating how to use mathematics to solve real-world problems encountered by governments, industries, and other institutions, using programming languages like Python or R.
  • Probability and statistics topics providing you with the ability to understand and address uncertainty in your surroundings.
  • Economics modules, equipping you to use models to understand real-world economic phenomena such as economic growth, the causes of economic fluctuations, and the effectiveness of economic policy.

The combination of these highly influential subjects will equip you with in-demand analytical, quantitative reasoning, statistical, optimisation, and programming skills that employers highly value, preparing you for careers like a business analyst, data scientist, operational researcher, or consultant, and opening doors to academic research opportunities.

The structured nature of the programme means that, starting from the second year, you take increasing ownership of your studies, selecting modules based on your evolving interests and strengths. This engaging program, coupled with our renowned excellence in research and teaching, ensures that you will benefit from high-quality instruction provided by academics who are leaders in their respective fields.

Programme overview

Year one: You will gain a strong foundation in four main subjects.

  • Mathematics and statistics: You'll study fundamental modules, including Calculus, Further Calculus, Linear Algebra, Probability, and Statistics, equipping you with essential mathematical and statistical skills.
  • Economics: You will take the Economic Principles and Applications module, initiating your journey into business and finance.
  • Operational research: you will cover Tools and Techniques for Business Analytics, laying the groundwork for advanced studies in optimisation, simulation, and decision-making

After the first year, a broad range of specialist optional modules will allow you to tailor your programme to align with your interests and steer you towards a specific career path.

Year two: You will further develop your knowledge in Algebra, Statistics, Economics, and Operational Research. Optional modules in Operational Research, Game Theory, and Operations Management will be available to choose from.

Year three: One mandatory module further advances your knowledge of Statistics, alongside several optional modules on Advanced Statistical Modelling, Machine Learning, Data Mining, Forecasting, and Financial Mathematics.

MORSE is also available as a four-year programme with a year in industry. Switching to this course after you start your studies may be possible, subject to availability and visa and other requirements.

Programme outcomes

A MORSE degree will prepare you for various rewarding and well-paying careers or to continue your further studies. We are committed to ensuring that our graduates are highly sought after for their analytical thinking and wide range of technical skills.

Here are just some of the roles that our graduates have progressed into upon graduating:

  • Actuarial Analyst
  • Data Analyst/Data scientists
  • Operations research analyst
  • Operations Manager
  • Statistician
  • Programmer
  • Analytics Engineer
  • Consultant
  • Academics

UK firms that have employed our recent graduates include:

  • GTP Internal Audit
  • Amazon
  • Compare the market
  • Accenture
  • TUI
  • Bank of England
  • Deloitte
  • McKinsey

Careers

Lancaster University Management School has an award-winning careers team to provide a dedicated careers and placement service, offering a range of innovative services for management school students. You can take part in:

  • Diverse workshops, covering CV building to assessment centre tests
  • Career and networking events attended by leading global employers
  • Our Career Mentoring Programme for personalised guidance
  • One-on-one careers appointments
  • 24/7 online career help resources
  • The prestigious Lancaster Award formally recognising your extracurricular activities to enhance your CV
  • Volunteering opportunities to enhance skills, your CV, and make a positive community impact
  • Free lifelong access to our career support services, even after graduation

Lancaster University is dedicated to ensuring you not only gain a highly reputable degree, you also graduate with relevant life and work-based skills. Visit our Careers section for full details.

Entry requirements

Grade Requirements

A level AAA including A level Mathematics or Further Mathematics OR AAB including A level Mathematics and Further Mathematics

GCSE English Language grade C or 4

IELTS 6.5 overall with at least 5.5 in each component. For other English language qualifications we accept, please see our English language requirements web pages.

Other qualifications

International Baccalaureate 35 points overall with 16 points from the best 3 Higher Level subjects including 6 in Mathematics HL (either analysis and approaches or applications and interpretations)

BTEC Considered alongside A level Mathematics grade A

We welcome applications from students with a range of alternative UK and international qualifications, including combinations of qualification. Further guidance on admission to the University, including other qualifications that we accept, frequently asked questions and information on applying, can be found on our general admissions web pages.

Contact Admissions Team + 44 (0) 1524 592028 or via ugadmissions@lancaster.ac.uk

International foundation programmes

Delivered in partnership with INTO Lancaster University, our one-year tailored foundation pathways are designed to improve your subject knowledge and English language skills to the level required by a range of Lancaster University degrees. Visit the INTO Lancaster University website for more details and a list of eligible degrees you can progress onto.

Contextual Offers

Our Contextual Offer Scheme recognises the potential of applicants whose personal circumstances may have impacted their exam results.

Contextual offers

Course structure

Lancaster University offers a range of programmes, some of which follow a structured study programme, and some which offer the chance for you to devise a more flexible programme to complement your main specialism.

Information contained on the website with respect to modules is correct at the time of publication, and the University will make every reasonable effort to offer modules as advertised. In some cases changes may be necessary and may result in some combinations being unavailable, for example as a result of student feedback, timetabling, Professional Statutory and Regulatory Bodies' (PSRB) requirements, staff changes and new research. Not all optional modules are available every year.

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Core

Optional

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Fees and funding

We set our fees on an annual basis and the 2025/26 entry fees have not yet been set.

As a guide, our fees in 2024/25 were:

Home International
£9,250 £25,875

Fees and funding information

Scholarships and bursaries

Details of our scholarships and bursaries for students starting in 2025 are not yet available. You can use our scholarships for 2024-entry applicants as guidance.

Alumni profiles

Link: click to see Julian Young
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Julian Young

BSc Mathematics, Operational Research, Statistics and Economics (MORSE), 2023

I enjoyed the variety. Moving between economics, maths and management science modules allowed me to gain a wider range of skills and knowledge.
Link: click to see Aleksandra Tulovska
portrait photograph of Aleksandra Tulovska

Aleksandra Tulovska

BSc Mathematics, Operational Research, Statistics and Economics (MORSE), 2022

I did a placement year which was a really valuable part of my degree, and gave me an understanding of what I like/value at the work place.

Important information

The information on this site relates primarily to 2025/2026 entry to the University and every effort has been taken to ensure the information is correct at the time of publication.

The University will use all reasonable effort to deliver the courses as described, but the University reserves the right to make changes to advertised courses. In exceptional circumstances that are beyond the University’s reasonable control (Force Majeure Events), we may need to amend the programmes and provision advertised. In this event, the University will take reasonable steps to minimise the disruption to your studies. If a course is withdrawn or if there are any fundamental changes to your course, we will give you reasonable notice and you will be entitled to request that you are considered for an alternative course or withdraw your application. You are advised to revisit our website for up-to-date course information before you submit your application.

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