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.

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 the History of Mathematics may involve the following topics: History of celestial mechanics in the 19th century History of dynamical systems History of British mathematics in the 19th and 20th centuries

Fees and funding

Please see The Open University website for more information.

Qualification and course duration


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


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

Course contact details

Research Director, Department of Mathematics and Statistics
+44 (0)1908 655552