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24 months
3240 GBP/year
3240 GBP/year
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If you want to develop your mathematical problem-solving and decision-making capabilities, this Mathematics course from The Open University UK is an excellent place to begin. 

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The  Mathematics course from The Open University UK has been designed for students who want to delve more deeply into particular aspects of pure and applied mathematics, and is applicable to a wide range of contexts including science, engineering and technology.

Key features of the course

  • Extends your understanding of key areas of mathematics, including analytic number theory, advanced calculus and differential equations
  • A wide choice of modules enables you to tailor the course to your needs
  • The opportunity to top up to our MSc in Mathematics in just one more year.

Career relevance

Mathematics postgraduates can be found throughout industry, business and commerce, in the public and private sectors. Employers value the intellectual rigour and reasoning skills that mathematics students can acquire, their familiarity with numerical and symbolic thinking and the analytic approach to problem-solving which is their hallmark.

There are a variety of reasons for studying mathematics at postgraduate level. You may want a postgraduate qualification in order to distinguish yourself from an increasingly large graduate population. 

You may find that your undergraduate mathematical knowledge is becoming insufficient for your career requirements, especially if you are hoping to specialise in one of the more mathematical areas, which are becoming more sought after by employers.

Or you may want to move to a PhD in Mathematics. The extent of opportunities is vast and mathematics postgraduates are equipped with skills and knowledge required for jobs in fields such as finance, education, engineering, science and business, as well as mathematics and mathematical science research.

Programme Structure

Modules included:

  • Calculus of variations and advanced calculus 
  • Analytic number theory 
  • Advanced mathematical methods
  • Analytic number theory
  • Galois theory 
  • Approximation theory
  • Coding theory 
  • Fractal geometry

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 24 months
    • Flexible

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120 alternative credits



Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
Lower Second Class

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • You should normally have a minimum of a 2.2 honours degree in mathematics or a 2.1 honours degree in a subject with a high mathematical content.
  • If you are new to postgraduate study in mathematics you are advised start with a single module: either the applied mathematics module Calculus of variations and advanced calculus or the pure mathematics module Analytic number theory I.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    3240 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6480 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    3240 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6480 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.


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