‘Comprise’ is a fairly formal way of saying ‘is made up of’ (different parts). It’s often used to talk about different parts of a model or organisation. You can either say ‘The team comprises 5 members’ or ‘the team is comprised of five members’ – it doesn’t really matter. Sometimes it’s used in the ‘-ing’ form to give extra information about an organisation, model etc. For example, ‘The data was analysed using the Schechter model, comprising psychological, sociological and linguistic elements’.
The course comprises 9 core papers and 4 optional ones.