Mathematics, Operational Research, Statistics and Economics (MORSE)

BSc Hons

  • UCAS Code GLN0
  • Entry Year 2023 or 2024
  • A Level Requirements AAA
  • Duration Full time 3 Years


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BSc Mathematics, Operational Research, Statistics and Economics (MORSE) is a coherent degree ideal for mathematically-gifted students who want to use numbers to solve real-world problems in business and industry. The combination of these highly influential subjects and the way we have structured the programme means that from year two onwards, you take increasing ownership over your studies, choosing modules as your interests and strengths change and grow.

Programme overview

Shifting markets and an ever-changing political landscape make for a complex world. Every organisation – industrial, financial or governmental – needs to embrace technology and data to optimise their performance.

Smartphone use, the role of social media data, risk planning, retail patterns; all of these can be counted and analysed. They can also help forecast the future, deciding where to invest or what route to take. This needs creative, technically competent and business-savvy people; the kind of graduates our MORSE degree produces.

We have combined the highly influential subjects of Mathematics, Operational Research, Statistics and Economics into one coherent degree ideal for mathematically-gifted students who want to use numbers to solve real-world problems in business and industry.

In your first year you will gain a strong foundation in mathematics, operational research, statistics and economics. You then tailor your programme, developing a broad knowledge base or specialising in topics relevant to your future career.

Key Facts

Taught across our world-class departments of Management Science, Mathematics and Statistics, and Economics, the focus is on practically applying mathematical theory. In addition to mathematics, you will learn business modelling, economic theory, statistics and analytics, and how all these skills can come together to create better solutions to intricate problems.

Our careers team, including a dedicated departmental careers coach, will work with you from day one to help with internships, placements and graduate employment. We will supply training in CV writing, interview assessment centres and telephone interviews, helping you with your future career ambitions.

You will graduate with an enviable array of quantitative and analytical skills in high demand by industry, commerce, finance, the public sector, consulting and the government.

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

Programme outcomes

By combining the four disciplines of Mathematics, Operational Research, Statistics and Economics, our graduates leave with the skills to make a difference at the core of business. They have gone on to work in consultancies like Accenture and McKinsey, as well as large multinationals. MORSE graduates are highly sought after for their analytical thinking and wide range of technical skills.


Lancaster University is dedicated to ensuring you not only gain a highly reputable degree, you also graduate with the relevant life and work-based skills. We are unique in that every student is eligible to participate in The Lancaster Award which offers you the opportunity to complete key activities such as work experience, employability awareness, career development, campus community and social development. Visit our Employability section for full details.

Lancaster 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. Our high reputation means we attract a wide range of leading global employers to campus offering you the opportunity to interact with graduate recruiters from day one of your degree.

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 webpages.

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 webpages.

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Course Structure

Lancaster University offers a range of programmes, some of which follow a structured study programme, and others which offer the chance for you to devise a more flexible programme to complement your main specialism. We divide academic study into two sections - Part 1 (Year 1) and Part 2 (Year 2, 3 and sometimes 4). For most programmes Part 1 requires you to study 120 credits spread over at least three modules which, depending upon your programme, will be drawn from one, two or three different academic subjects. A higher degree of specialisation then develops in subsequent years. For more information about our teaching methods at Lancaster please visit our Teaching and Learning section.

The following courses do not offer modules outside of the subject area due to the structured nature of the programmes: Architecture, Law, Physics, Engineering, Medicine, Sports and Exercise Science, Biochemistry, Biology, Biomedicine and Biomedical Science.

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.






Fees and Funding

Our annual tuition fee is set for a 12-month session, starting in the October of your year of study.

Our Undergraduate Tuition Fees for 2023/24 are:

UK International
£9,250 £23,950

Scholarships and Bursaries

You will be automatically considered for our main scholarships and bursaries when you apply, so there's nothing extra that you need to do.

You may be eligible for the following funding opportunities, depending on your fee status:

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We also have other, more specialised scholarships and bursaries - such as those for students from specific countries.

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MORSE Excellence Scholarship 2023

This £2,000 Scholarship is open to students applying to join the programme in October 2023 and is designed to recognise and reward exceptional talent.

How to Apply

  • Applicants will need to submit up to 300 words on how they would benefit from a MORSE degree at Lancaster University and how they expect the degree to support their future ambitions.
  • The closing date is 9 June, 2023
  • Applicants to the scholarship must have an offer to study MORSE at Lancaster


  • All applicants for the MORSE programme will be considered, both for the standard (GLN0) and industry variant (GLN1) of the programme.
  • The MORSE scholarship will be awarded to one MORSE offer holder joining the programme in October 2023.
  • All offer conditions must be met or exceeded and applicants must place Lancaster University as their firm or insurance choice institution.

Receiving the award

  • The successful applicant will be notified of their successful selection in September 2023, with the award being subject to meeting all conditions of your offer
  • The MORSE scholarship will be awarded as a cash payment via bank transfer in February 2024. The awardee must be a current student at this point.

Scholarship Recipients

If you are awarded a scholarship, you will be expected to fully participate in a range of activities during your studies. This may include roles such as being an ambassador for your course, contributing to future recruitment through engaging with prospective students, and sharing your own experiences of being a LUMS student.

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