The Open University
Mathematics (Q31) BSc (Hons)
The Open University

Course modalities offered

Key Course Facts

Course Description

Take your understanding of concepts, theories and applications in pure and applied mathematics to graduate level. You can also include optional statistics, theoretical physics or mathematics education. You’ll cover a wide range of topics and develop an understanding of mathematical problems and approaches. Practise with essential methods and tools, and increase your familiarity with mathematical software. Gain an appreciation of the role and construction of rigorous proof. And build your experience of communicating mathematical arguments and conclusions.

Key features of the course

  • Choose pure and applied mathematics modules that fit your needs and interests.

  • Include statistics, physics and mathematics education options.

  • Develop your experience with mathematical methods and software.

  • Start at a point that suits your level of mathematical knowledge.

  • Move to a different mathematics/statistics degree, if your aspirations change, even after you’ve started.

This programme will meet the educational requirements of the Chartered Mathematician designation, awarded by the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications, when it is followed by subsequent training and experience in employment to obtain equivalent competences to those specified by the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) for taught masters degrees.

Student Reviews

Below you can see course specific reviews for 179 graduates of Mathematics (Q31) BSc (Hons) at The Open University for each of the survey questions in comparison to the average for all UK degree courses in Applied Mathematics.

Overall student satisfaction
92 /100
179 total respondents
The NSS is commissioned by the Office for Students


Salary of Graduates of Mathematics (Q31) BSc (Hons) at The Open University

Important: Salary data below is not course specific, but contains data of all students of Mathematics (Q31) BSc (Hons) at the university. Due to data collection methodology, salary data is mainly based on data related to undergraduate students.

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £27500 £26500 £30500
25-75 percentile range £25000 - £37000 £16000 - £39000 £18000 - £42500

Salary of all UK Graduates of Applied Mathematics

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £26516 £27314 £33292
25-75 percentile range £22047 - £30741 £21475 - £35639 £24949 - £44619

Jobs & Career Perspectives

15 months after graduation, graduates of this course were asked about what they do and, if they are working, about their current job and their perspectives.

Current jobs

Job in line with future plans

Utilise skills from studies

Work is meaningful

Required skill level of job after 15 months

% Skilled jobs

Jobs of graduates of this course (15 months after graduation)

Example below based on all graduates of Mathematics (Q31) BSc (Hons) at The Open University

20% Information Technology Professionals
20% Teaching Professionals
10% Business, Research and Administrative Professionals
10% Artistic, literary and media occupations
5% Administrative occupations
5% Process, plant and machine operatives
5% Managers, directors and senior officials
5% Finance Professionals
5% Architects, Chartered Architectural Technologists, Planning
5% Business and public service associate professionals

Grading & Study Time

Assessment Methods

Study Time Distribution

Grading Distribution

Students of the course received the following grades

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 (Q31), BSc (Hons).


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.

Rankings of The Open University in related subject specific rankings.

Natural Sciences

    • #41 
    • #401 
    Physical Sciences
    THE World University Rankings by Subject
    [Published 26 October, 2022]

See all university rankings of The Open University

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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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