Taught course


Open University · Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

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Entry requirements

You should normally have a minimum of a 2:2 honours degree in mathematics or a 2:1 honours degree in a subject with a high mathematical content. Whatever your background, you should assess your suitability for our MSc by completing our diagnostic quiz. If you’re new to postgraduate study in mathematics, start with a single module: either the applied mathematics module The calculus of variations and advanced calculus (M820) or the pure mathematics module Analytic number theory I (M823).

Months of entry


Course content

This MSc enables you to delve deeply into particular aspects of pure and applied mathematics through a wide choice of modules in areas such as fractal geometry, coding theory and calculus of variations. The choice of modules is sufficient to be of interest to not only mathematicians, but also mathematically inclined scientists or engineers looking to advance their career by gaining a high-level qualification. You'll complete your MSc with a piece of independent study, exploring a mathematical topic in detail, and conclude this with a dissertation.

Information for international students

This qualification can be studied from anywhere in the world.

Fees and funding

For more information about fees and funding, please visit The Open University website.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    part time
    36 months
    • Online learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

The Open University
0300 303 5303