You must declare the MSc in Mathematics (or another qualification towards which the module can count) as your qualification intention.
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. If you don't have such a qualification, your application will be considered and you may be asked to complete an entry test. Non-graduates will not normally be admitted to M823 unless as part of another Open University qualification. Students already registered for a qualification of which M823 is a constituent part will normally be admitted to M823.
You should have a good background in pure mathematics, with some experience in number theory and analysis. An adequate preparation would be our undergraduate-level modules Pure mathematics (M208) and Further pure mathematics (M303). A knowledge of complex analysis (as in, for example, Complex analysis (M337)) would be an advantage, but is not necessary. Note that if you wish later to study Analytic number theory II (M829), then knowledge of complex analysis is a requirement.
Whatever your background, you should assess your suitability for this MSc in Mathematics module by trying our diagnostic quiz.
All teaching is in English and your proficiency in the English language should be adequate for the level of study you wish to take. We strongly recommend that students have achieved an IELTS (International English Language Testing System) score of at least 7. To assess your English language skills in relation to your proposed studies you can visit the IELTS website.
If you have any doubt about the suitability of the module, please speak to an adviser.