Research course

Mathematics and Statistics

Open University · Department of Mathematics and Statistics

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Entry requirements

The normal minimum entrance requirement is an upper second class honours degree or masters degree, relevant to the proposed area of study, from a recognised higher education institution in the UK.

Months of entry


Course content

The School of Mathematics and Statistics has an active research programme covering a wide range of topics in the mathematical sciences, with weekly seminars, and several workshops and conferences throughout the year. It is home to a number of research fellows, visiting researchers and full- and part-time research students.

Research in the school centres on the following groups:

Some members of the school have research interests that span more than one of these topics.

The main period for PhD student recruitment in the school is between January and May (for study commencing in October), although opportunities occasionally arise at other times of the year. Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply for projects specified by potential supervisors, rather than propose their own. These projects and all other information about the annual recruitment process can be found on the school’s website.

Situated in the middle of the OU campus in Milton Keynes, the school provides a friendly and flexible working environment for all of its staff and students, and holds a Bronze Athena SWAN award. It particularly welcomes applications from women: the school ensures that every female PhD student is allocated a female member of staff as a point of contact, and organises networking events for female academic staff and PhD students.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

          Course contact details

          Research Director

          +44 (0)1908 655552