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History of mathematics

Research history of mathematics with The Open University

The History of Mathematics Group, housed in the School of Mathematics and Statistics, conducts internationally recognised work in several areas of the history of modern mathematics, and collaborates with many historians of mathematics in Europe. A long-running interest in celestial mechanics has recently led to an investigation of the network of astronomers in the years around 1900, and an overlapping international project on the role of mathematics and mathematicians in the First World War. Another project concerns the work of G.D. Birkhoff and the development of topological dynamics.

Qualifications available:

PhD or MPhil


For detailed information on current fees visit Fees and funding.

Entry requirements:

Minimum 2:1 (or equivalent), ideally with a significant project component indicating aptitude for research in the History of Mathematics.

Potential research projects

Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply for one of the research projects listed on the School of Mathematics and Statistics’ PhD recruitment page. Projects in the History of Mathematics may involve the following topics:
  • History of celestial mechanics in the 19th century
  • History of dynamical systems
  • History of British mathematics in the 19th and 20th centuries

Potential supervisors

Further information

If you have an enquiry specific to this research area please contact:

Director of Research, School of Mathematics and Statistics
+44 (0)1908 655552

For general enquiries please contact the Research Degrees Team via the link under 'Your Questions' on the right of the page.