This diploma comprises four 30-credit modules from a wide choice. Topics include analytic number theory, calculus of variations and nonlinear ordinary differential equations. Extend your understanding of areas of mathematics applicable to science, engineering and technology. It's also the first two stages of our postgraduate mathematics programme. After this diploma, you can achieve the MSc in Mathematics by taking a further two 30-credit modules.
Key features of the course
Extends your understanding of key areas of mathematics, including analytic number theory, advanced calculus and differential equations
A wide choice of modules enables you to tailor the course to your needs
The opportunity to top up to our MSc in Mathematics in just one more year
To gain this qualification, you need 120 credits.
For module details go to https://www.open.ac.uk/postgraduate/qualifications/e23#course-details
You should normally have a minimum of either:
a 2:2 honours degree in mathematics or
a 2:1 honours degree in a subject with a high mathematical content.
If you don't have such a qualification, your application will still be considered, but you may be asked to complete an entry test. Non-graduates will not normally be admitted.
Whatever your background, you should assess your suitability by completing our diagnostic quiz.
If you're new to postgraduate study in mathematics, start with a single module: either the applied mathematics module Calculus of variations and advanced calculus (M820) or the pure mathematics module Analytic number theory I (M823).
Minimum - 2 years
How long it takes
•Most students complete this qualification in four years, at the rate of one module per year.
•The minimum time you may complete this qualification in is two years.
•There's no time limit for completing this qualification, but we can't guarantee the same selection of modules will continue to be available.
•Some modules start only once every two years.
Post Course Info
Mathematics postgraduates can be found throughout industry, business and commerce, in the public and private sectors. Employers value the intellectual rigour and reasoning skills that mathematics students can acquire, their familiarity with numerical and symbolic thinking and the analytic approach to problem-solving which is their hallmark.
There are a variety of reasons for studying mathematics at postgraduate level. You may want a postgraduate qualification in order to distinguish yourself from an increasingly large graduate population. You may find that your undergraduate mathematical knowledge is becoming insufficient for your career requirements, especially if you are hoping to specialise in one of the more mathematical areas, which are becoming more sought after by employers. Or you may want to move to a PhD in Mathematics. The extent of opportunities is vast and mathematics postgraduates are equipped with skills and knowledge required for jobs in fields such as finance, education, engineering, science and business, as well as mathematics and mathematical science research.
Careers and Employability Services have more information on how OU study can improve your employability.