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BSc (Hons) Mathematics Q31

BSc (Hons) Mathematics Q31
BSc (Hons) Mathematics Q31

Thank you for your interest in our BSc (Hons) Mathematics. This fact sheet gives an overview of what you’ll study at Stages 1, 2 and 3 of the qualification, and provides links to more detailed module descriptions.

From economic policy to scientific advancement, mathematics is indispensable to modern life. This degree will give you a good understanding of pure and applied mathematics at an advanced level, and enhance your career prospects in a huge array of fields.

You’ll cover a wide range of topics, from the abstract to how mathematics is used in the real world, and develop a secure understanding of mathematical concepts and approaches.

You’ll get plenty of practice with essential methods and tools such as linear algebra, group theory, mathematical modelling and numerical analysis. You’ll also gain an appreciation of the role and construction of rigorous proof in mathematics; increase your familiarity with mathematical software; and build experience of communicating mathematical arguments and conclusions. This qualification can help you gain membership of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA).

Career relevance and employability

A mathematics qualification is much sought

after by a wide variety of employers and will

always enhance your career prospects. This degree will equip you with skills and

knowledge required in fields such as education, engineering, business, finance and accountancy. You will gain valuable transferable skills including: communicating mathematical ideas clearly and succinctly; understanding complex mathematical texts; working with abstract concepts; thinking logically; expressing problems in mathematical language; constructing logical arguments; working on open-ended problems; finding solutions to problems; interpreting mathematical results

in real-world terms; and using relevant

professional software.

Key facts

Start date Oct 2016 (registration closes 08 Sep 2016) Feb 2017 (registration closes 05 Jan 2017)

Course code




How long it takes Part time – 6-8 years Full time – 3-4 years Time limit – 16 years

BSc (Hons) Mathematics Q31

BSc (Hons) Mathematics Q31
BSc (Hons) Mathematics Q31

What you will study

Stage 1

120 credits required

You will begin with Discovering mathematics (MU123), which introduces and helps integrate key ideas from statistics, algebra, geometry and trigonometry into your everyday thinking

– building your confidence in learning and using mathematics.

You’ll follow this with three compulsory modules: Essential mathematics 1 (MST124); Introducing statistics (M140); and Essential mathematics 2 (MST125). These will give you

a broad introduction to various topics in pure and applied mathematics and statistics. You’ll develop a variety of skills including problem solving, how to develop and present

a mathematical argument and how to

represent and interpret statistical data. These are the key skills required for higher level study in mathematics.

If you are already confident about studying

mathematics at university level, we offer a study route with an intensive start. It begins with the three compulsory modules Essential mathematics 1 (MST124), Introducing statistics (M140) and Essential mathematics 2 (MST125) as described above.

To complete the intensive start you can choose another OU module from a wide selection. This might be, for example, in business, personal finance, IT studies, social sciences, or a modern language.

It is essential to determine your mathematical

level before you register. See Am I ready? to check if you have the necessary experience

and confidence with mathematics.

Stage 2

120 credits required

Stage 2 will develop your mathematical skills and knowledge beyond the grounding in Stage 1, both by introducing new topics and by deepening your understanding of material met previously.

The modules cover pure and applied mathematics:

— Pure mathematics (M208) – formal proof, abstract structures, linear algebra, analysis and group theory

— Mathematical methods, models and modelling (MST210) – differential equations, linear algebra, vector calculus.

You’ll also extend your experience in the use of appropriate mathematical software and in explaining and communicating mathematical ideas to others.

Stage 3

120 credits required

At Stage 3 you’ll choose from a range of more advanced mathematical topics branching out from your Stage 2 studies.

These currently include: complex analysis, graphs and networks, optimization, number theory, metric spaces, groups, rings and fields, deterministic and stochastic dynamics, mathematical methods, fluid mechanics, quantum physics and electromagnetism.

BSc (Hons) Mathematics Q31

BSc (Hons) Mathematics Q31
BSc (Hons) Mathematics Q31

Module summary

BSc (Hons) Mathematics Q31 Module summary  Click on module titles for detailed module descriptions. Qualification

 Click on module titles for detailed module descriptions.

Qualification structure and module availability is subject to change.

Stage 1 module summary

120 credits required

Stage 2 module summary

120 credits required

Stage 3 module summary

120 credits required

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