Birkbeck, University of London
Mathematics by Distance Learning GradCert
Birkbeck, University of London

Key Course Facts

Course Description

The Graduate Certificate in Mathematics by Distance Learning provides an opportunity to extend and refresh your skills and background knowledge in mathematics, whether you are looking to progress to further postgraduate study or simply to complement your previous mathematical education. It is designed to suit both busy Londoners and students from around the world. The course materials and content have been specifically developed to meet the needs of distance learners and offer the flexibility you need to combine study with work.

We offer modules that cover key topics such as advanced calculus and abstract algebra to give a solid foundation that equips you for further specialisation in a wide range of areas of mathematics and its applications.

This is an undergraduate-level qualification that will prepare you for postgraduate study, such as our MSc Mathematics or MSc Mathematics and Financial Modelling.


  • The Graduate Certificate in Mathematics by Distance Learning offers a highly flexible approach to study, brought to you by a college with a proud 100-year tradition of providing flexible learning within the University of London.

  • Modules are designed and led by research-active mathematicians with expertise in areas such as algebra, combinatorics and numerical analysis.

  • Students who graduate with a merit or above are eligible for entry to various master's courses within the Department of Economics, Mathematics and Statistics, including the MSc Mathematics and MSc Mathematics and Financial Modelling.

  • Our library offers a range of electronic resources, including electronic textbooks and journal access.

Online quizzes, short problem-based assignments submitted and marked online, and formal examinations taken in person at an assessment centre near you.

Entry Requirements / Admissions

Requirements for international students / English requirements

IELTS academic test score (similar tests may be accepted as well)

    • 6.5
    • Mphil / PhD

If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, the requirement for this programme is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in eac
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A second-class honours degree (2:2 or above) in a quantitative subject; students without the required degree may be admitted subject to passing an entrance test. Applications are reviewed on their individual merits and your professional qualifications and/or relevant work experience will be taken into consideration positively. We actively support and encourage applications from mature learners.


Tuition Fees Mathematics by Distance Learning GradCert

England UK £3190 year 1
Northern Ireland £3190 year 1
Scotland £3190 year 1
Wales £3190 year 1
International £5460 year 1

Additional fee information

Students are charged a tuition fee in each year of their programme. Tuition fees for students continuing on their programme in following years may be subject to annual inflationary increases.

Average student cost of living in London

Rent £518
Water, gas electricity, internet (at home) £50
Supermarket shopping £81
Clothing £35
Eating out £33
Alcohol £27
Takeaways / food deliveries £30
Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food) £24
Holidays and weekend trips £78
Transport within city £17
Self-care / sports £20
Stationary / books £13
Mobile phone / internet £13
Cable TV / streaming £7
Insurance £51
Other £95
Average student cost of living £1092

London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.

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About Birkbeck, University of London

Birkbeck, University of London (BBK) was established in 1823, and takes a different stance towards admissions than many other universities. Applicants are encouraged by BKK to apply even if they don’t possess the traditional qualifications normally required, as applications here are also considered based on an assessment of your knowledge on the subject, and any work experience you might have. Being located in the very centre of London, students will have all the advantages of the city’s public transport connections, as well as the chance to live in such a diverse and vibrant city with all that it offers.

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Where is this programme taught

Main Site - Malet Street
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