Research course

Pure 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

The Pure Mathematics Group in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics is highly respected and has world-renowned researchers in the areas of analysis and geometry, and combinatorics.

Analysis is the study of sets, functions and limiting processes; geometry is the study of shape, position and space. The Open University is currently home to the largest research group in complex analysis in the UK. Researchers in the group are particularly active in complex analysis, complex iteration theory, continued fraction theory, dynamical systems, geometric measure theory and toric topology.

Combinatorics is the mathematics of discrete structures, such as graphs, permutations or designs. Researchers in the group have particular interests in graph theory, permutation patterns, combinatorial designs and the theory of symmetric maps on surfaces.

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months
part time
72 months


part time
24 months
full time
15 months

Course contact details

School of Mathematics and Statistics
+44 (0)1908 655552