The Open University
Mathematics (F04) MSc
The Open University

Key Course Facts

Course Description

Delve deep into the aspects of pure and applied mathematics that interest you. Choose from areas such as fractal geometry, coding theory and calculus of variations. Advance your career with a high-level qualification. Choose from a wide range of modules. There are topics for not only mathematicians but engineers and mathematically inclined scientists. You’ll conclude with an independent study, exploring a topic in detail and submitting a dissertation.

Key features of the course

  • Ideal for mathematically inclined scientists and engineers as well as mathematicians.

  • Extends your knowledge and refines your abilities to process information accurately, and critically analyse and communicate complex ideas.

  • Develops an enhanced skill set giving you an advantage in careers beyond mathematics, such as education, computer science, engineering, economics and finance.

  • The UK's most popular MSc in Mathematics.

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 (F04), MSc.

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.


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

Positions of The Open University in top UK and global rankings.

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What students say about studying Applied Mathematics in the UK?

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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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