You should normally have a minimum of a 2.2 honours degree in mathematics or a 2.1 honours degree in a subject with a high mathematical content. Whatever your background, you should assess your suitability for this MSc in Mathematics course by completing our diagnostic quiz.
If you are new to postgraduate study in mathematics you are advised to start with a single module: either the applied mathematics module The calculus of variations and advanced calculus (M820) or the pure mathematics module Analytic number theory I (M823).
The modules in this qualification are categorised as entry, intermediate, advanced and dissertation, as follows:
Entry: Calculus of variations and advanced calculus (M820), Analytic number theory I (M823)
Intermediate: Applied complex variables (M828), Approximation theory (M832), Nonlinear ordinary differential equations (M821), Analytic number theory II (M829), Coding theory (M836), Fractal geometry (M835)
Advanced: Advanced mathematical methods (M833)
Dissertation: Dissertation in mathematics (M840).
Guidance about the order in which the modules should be studied is as follows:
You must normally pass at least one of the entry modules, Calculus of variations and advanced calculus (M820) or Analytic number theory I (M823), before studying any intermediate module.
You must normally pass at least one of the intermediate modules before studying the advanced module.
You must pass Analytic number theory I (M823) before studying Analytic number theory II (M829).
You must normally pass four modules before studying the Dissertation in mathematics (M840).
Some topics for the dissertation have prerequisite modules.
Otherwise within each category modules may be studied in any order, and you may register for a module while studying a pre-requisite for that module (i.e. before you know whether you have passed the pre-requisite module or not).
Further information about how the modules relate to each other is given in the description for each individual module.
All modules are worth 30 credits, and you are advised not to study more than 60 credits worth at a time. Not every module is presented each year, and we cannot guarantee that the same selection of modules will continue to be available.
You should note that the University’s unique study rule applies to this qualification. This means that you must include at least 60 credits from OU modules that have not been counted in any other OU qualification that has previously been awarded to you.