The Open University
Mathematics (E23) PgDip
The Open University

Key Course Facts

Course Description

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. 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

Entry Requirements / Admissions

Requirements for international students / English requirements

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

Do you not fulfill the minimum requirements in terms of UCAS score, A levels, or English language requirements?
Get advice on which foundation courses are best for you to still be able to join Mathematics (E23), PgDip.

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.


Average student cost of living in the UK

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.

University Rankings

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About The Open University

The Open University was established in 1969 in Milton Keynes, and is the largest university in the UK for undergraduate education. The OU is among the most prestigious distance-learning institutions in the United Kingdom, enjoying numerous awards and accreditations, including Triple Crown status for their Business School.

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Where is this programme taught

Distance Learning
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