You should normally have a minimum of a second-class honours degree in mathematics or in a subject with a high mathematical content. Whatever your background, you should assess your suitability for this diploma course by trying our diagnostic quiz.
If you are new to postgraduate study in mathematics you are advised initially to study Calculus of variations and advanced calculus (M820) on its own as your first module. However, if you have an undergraduate degree in pure mathematics you may alternatively study Analytic number theory I (M823) as your first module.
The modules in this qualification are categorised as entry, intermediate and advanced as follows:
Entry: Calculus of variations and advanced calculus (M820), Analytic number theory I (M823)
Intermediate (applied): Applied complex variables (M828), Approximation theory (M832), Nonlinear ordinary differential equations (M821)
Intermediate (pure): Analytic number theory II (M829), Coding theory (M836), Fractal geometry(M835)
Advanced intermediate (applied): Advanced mathematical methods (M833)
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 any advanced intermediate module.
You must pass Analytic number theory I (M823) before studying Analytic number theory II (M829). Otherwise within each category modules may be studied in any order, and you mayregister for a module while studying a pre-requisite for that module (i.e. before you know whether you have actually 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 40 credits from OU modules that have not been counted in any other OU qualification that has previously been awarded to you.
You will also need to be proficient in English, to an IELTS standard of 6.0. If you are unsure you will be able to take a free English test as part of the registration process.