Research course

History of Mathematics

Open University · Department of Mathematics and Statistics

Entry requirements

Minimum 2:1 (or equivalent), ideally with a significant project component indicating aptitude for research in the History of Mathematics.

Months of entry


Course content

The History of Mathematics Group, housed in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, conducts internationally recognised work in several areas of the history of modern mathematics, and collaborates with many historians of mathematics in Europe. A long-running interest in celestial mechanics has recently led to an investigation of the network of astronomers in the years around 1900, and an overlapping international project on the role of mathematics and mathematicians in the First World War. Another project concerns the work of G.D. Birkhoff and the development of topological dynamics.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    full time
    36 months
      part time
      72 months
      • MPhil
        part time
        24 months
          full time
          15 months

          Course contact details

          Director of Research