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How do you determine the amount of fuel needed to fly a jet? What’s the best use of resources in the armed forces? How do you tile a sphere with squares? Mathematics provides the key. If you enjoy problem solving and thrive on logic, then studying mathematics will really appeal to you. As one of the most fundamental and universal subjects, it helps you to think clearly, process information accurately, and analyse and communicate complex ideas.

OU study can equip you with the basic toolkit of mathematical ideas and methods, and offers specialist courses and qualifications in pure and applied mathematics that build on this foundation. You’ll find that an ability to understand mathematical concepts and manipulate numbers is useful in almost any situation or job. And a mathematics degree is highly regarded by employers, opening doors to a host of career choices, especially in engineering, finance, teaching, ICT and scientific research.

Degrees ( More about Degrees
More about Degrees

Undergraduate or bachelors degrees are nationally recognised qualifications consisting of academic study designed to help you gain a thorough understanding of a subject.

For a degree in a named subject, such as business studies or humanities, you'll study mainly in your chosen subject, although you may be able to include some modules from other subjects.

With The Open University you could also study an Open degree where you can combine a range of modules from similar or different subjects to suit either your particular career or personal interests.

You can use a degree to:

  • change careers or progress your current career
  • gain an in-depth knowledge and understanding of a subject you are interested in
  • gain professional recognition
  • go onto postgraduate study, such as a diploma or masters degree.

  • Computing & IT and a second subject
    With this flexible joint honours degree specialise in computing & IT and combine it with a second subject: business, design, mathematics, psychology or statistics.
  • Economics and Mathematical Sciences
    You’ll gain a good grounding in a broad range of mathematical, statistical and computational skills as well as an understanding of economic theory and issues.
  • Mathematics
    Gain a secure understanding of mathematics with this degree that looks at topics in mathematics, from pure mathematics to how mathematics is used in the real world.
  • Mathematics and its Learning
    This degree combines the study of mathematics with the theory of the learning and teaching of mathematics. You will get a grounding in pure and applied mathematics, in statistics, and in the teaching and learning of mathematics.
  • Mathematics and Physics
    You'll gain an understanding of the concepts in modern physics together with the mathematics that underlies them.
  • Mathematics and Statistics
    Mathematics with a focus on probability and statistics, combined with either pure or applied maths.
  • Open degree
    The BA/BSc Open Degree is a qualification that gives you a huge choice in terms of subjects and modules that you study to make up your degree.

Diplomas of Higher Education ( More about Diplomas of Higher Education
More about Diplomas of Higher Education

A Diploma of Higher Education (DipHE) is equivalent to two thirds of an honours degree. They are nationally recognised qualifications focusing either on a particular job or profession, or academic study.

DipHEs are designed to increase the professional and technical skills of staff within a profession or extend your knowledge and understanding of a particular subject. A DipHE shows that you are capable of extended study at university level.

You can use a DipHE to:

  • change careers or progress your current career
  • gain technical and professional skills
  • gain a greater knowledge and understanding of a subject you are interested in
  • gain professional recognition
  • achieve a full honours degree through additional study.

The Diploma of Higher Education might be of particular interest to those living and working in Scotland.


Certificates of Higher Education ( More about Certificates of Higher Education
More about Certificates of Higher Education

A Certificate of Higher Education (CertHE) is a nationally recognised qualification focusing on either a particular job or profession, or academic study. Equivalent to the first year of a full honours degree, they are the most basic level of qualification that can be gained in higher education and show that you are capable of studying successfully at university level.

You can use a CertHE to:

  • gain confidence to study successfully at university level
  • change careers or progress your current career
  • build on your existing experience and gain new skills
  • gain a broad introduction to a subject you are interested in
  • achieve a foundation degree, DipHE or full honours degree through additional study.

Getting started with an Access module

There are two ways to start a qualification. If you haven’t studied for a long time or need to build your confidence, beginning your studies with an Access module may be the right choice for you.

Choose a qualification to find out more.

Study a module as a standalone course

You can study a single module on its own for personal interest or to improve your career prospects. See the list of all our individual courses in Mathematics.

Postgraduate options

If you already have a degree, you may want to see postgraduate courses and qualifications in Mathematics and Statistics.

Are you already an OU student ? Go to StudentHome for information on choosing your next module.

Studying outside of UK and Europe?

If you live outside of the UK, Republic of Ireland and Europe, please visit our website for international students.

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