Research course

Applied Mathematics

Open University · Department of Mathematics and Statistics

Entry requirements

Minimum 2:1 (or equivalent), ideally with a significant project component indicating aptitude for mathematical research

Months of entry


Course content

Researchers in applied mathematics are housed in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, and study a broad range of topics. The Applied Mathematics group works at the highest level in several areas, including theoretical physics relating to statistical physics, solid-state physics, and applications of fluid dynamics to aerosol science, meteorology and astrophysics.

Potential supervisors

  • Professor Uwe Grimm
  • Dr Robert Hasson
  • Dr Tim Lowe
  • Dr Ben Mestel
  • Dr Marc Pradas
  • Dr Andrey Umerski
  • Dr Paul Upton
  • Professor Michael Wilkinson

Department specialisms

Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply for one of the research projects listed on the Department of Mathematics and Statistics’ PhD recruitment page. Projects in Applied Mathematics are likely to focus on the following themes: Condensed matter theory: photoconduction and hopping conductivity; spintronics and magnetoresistance Mathematical physics: aperiodic order; dynamical systems theory Statistical physics: particles in complex flows; statistical mechanics of surfaces and interfacial phenomena; a test-tube model for rainfall; planet formation and gravitational collapse Other topics: energy research; magnetic imaging inverse problems; mathematical biology; quantum information.

Fees and funding

Please see The Open University website for more information.

Qualification and course duration


part time
72 months
full time
36 months
distance learning
variable months


full time
15 months
distance learning
variable months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Mathematics and Statistics Research Secretary
+44 (0)1908 655552