MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS - YOUR 2020/2021 PROSPECTUS - The Open University

 
MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS - YOUR 2020/2021 PROSPECTUS - The Open University
YOUR 2020/2021

MATHEMATICS
AND STATISTICS
PROSPECTUS
MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS - YOUR 2020/2021 PROSPECTUS - The Open University
FREE YOUR
AMBITION
MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS - YOUR 2020/2021 PROSPECTUS - The Open University
EXPLORE THE OU
Achieve your goals with The Open University       3

Five reasons why you should choose us             4

What you need to get started                      5

What you can study                                6

Learn in a way that suits you                     7

Welcome to mathematics and statistics             8

Boost your confidence with an Access module      10

How you build your qualification                 12

How long your qualification will take            14

Fees and funding                                 16

FIND AN UNDERGRADUATE COURSE
Undergraduate courses                            19

FIND A POSTGRADUATE COURSE
Postgraduate courses                             42

BEFORE YOU GO
Other useful information                         48

Get in touch                             BACK COVER
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Whatever your ambition –
whether you want to further

                                                                                                   EXPLORE THE OU
your knowledge and
understanding of the fascinating
world of mathematics and
statistics or develop your
analytical and problem-solving
skills – we’re here to help make
it happen.
ACHIEVE YOUR GOALS
WITH THE OPEN UNIVERSITY
We’re pioneers in distance learning. Since we
were founded, we’ve helped more than two million                       78%
                                                                       of FTSE 100 companies
people realise their potential. Our unique approach                    have sponsored
to learning means you don’t have to put your life                      employees on
on hold to get the qualification you want.                             OU courses

We will:                         You can expect:
‒ help you get a qualification   ‒ materials that are designed
  to suit you and your goals       with you in mind
‒ provide you with the           ‒ continuous innovation – we’ve
  teaching and learning            been leading the way in distance
  resources you’ll need            learning for over 50 years,
                                   ensuring education is accessible,
‒ offer a flexible learning
                                   whatever your circumstances
  experience based around
  you and your life              ‒ access to world-class resources,
                                   whenever you need them
‒ use technology and teaching
  methods that enhance your      ‒ qualifications that are respected
  study experience                 by employers the world over.
‒ be there to support you
  every step of the way.

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FIVE REASONS
         WHY YOU
          SHOULD
                                 1.
                                 We’re open to you.
       CHOOSE US                 We make learning
                                 available to all,
                                 regardless of
                                 background, age
                                 or additional
                                 learning needs.

      2.
      You can study
                                 3.
                                 We guarantee
      around your existing       outstanding value
      commitments. We’re         and a high-quality
      experts in helping         education at a
      people fit their studies   competitive price.
      around their busy lives.

      4.
      Our qualifications
                                 5.
                                 You get more than
      enable you to put          a highly respected
      what you learn into        qualification. You’ll be able
      practice immediately.      to show you’re dedicated
                                 and committed – personal
                                 qualities that are valued
                                 in the workplace.

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WHAT YOU NEED
TO GET STARTED
Where you start in life               You can do it                            What you need
shouldn’t limit where you             The main reason we’re called             There are just a couple of
                                      The Open University is that we’re        things that you’ll need to
go. If you’re determined              open to everyone. Every year,            be able to study with us.
to succeed and prepared               we help thousands of people
                                                                               ‒ A computer with internet access.
to work hard, we can help             achieve extraordinary things.
                                                                                 But don’t worry if you haven’t
you get started.                      ‒ There are no formal academic             got access to one right now
                                        entry requirements for                   – you could receive financial
The next few pages will tell you        mathematics and statistics               support to help you buy one.
more about how studying with            at undergraduate level.
                                                                               ‒ A good grasp of the English
The Open University works, the
                                      ‒ We helped over 24,000 students           language. We teach all our
courses you can study, the funding
                                        with disabilities and additional         courses in English. If you’re not
available to you, and how long your
                                        needs last year alone.                   sure your English is at the right
qualification will take.
                                                                                 level, go to openuniversity.co.uk/
                                      ‒ Our students are diverse. Of our
                                                                                 englishlanguage for help
                                        new undergraduate students,
                                                                                 and guidance.
                                        34% are under 25. Our oldest
                                        students are in their nineties.

                                         Have you studied before?
                                         If you’ve studied at higher education level before, you might be
                                         able to count it towards your OU qualification. This can cut down
                                         the modules you’ll need to study, saving you time and money.
                                         If you tell us what you’ve done, we’ll do the rest.
                                         Go to openuniversity.co.uk/credit-transfer.

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WHAT YOU CAN STUDY
    We offer over 200 highly respected qualifications to help you reach your goals.
    You can study towards a degree or start with a certificate or diploma of higher
    education and build on your studies as you go.

    Undergraduate                           Postgraduate                          We’ll give you:
    Named degree                            Masters degree                        ‒ the flexibility to fit study
    Complete modules in a specific          Study modules towards an                around your other
    subject to earn an honours degree       internationally respected               commitments
    and open doors to a new interest        qualification while gaining
                                                                                  ‒ the opportunity to
    or career.                              specialist academic,
                                                                                    improve your career
                                            professional or technical skills.
    Open degree
                                                                                  ‒ freedom to follow your
    Design an honours degree from           Postgraduate diploma
                                                                                    passions in depth.
    across a mix of subjects to suit        Work towards a widely recognised
    your needs and interests.               qualification. A postgraduate         To find out more about how you
                                            diploma is equivalent to two-thirds   build your qualifications and how
    Diploma of higher education
                                            of a masters degree.                  long it takes, see pages 12–15.
    Expand your knowledge
    and improve your skillset               Postgraduate certificate
    in a specialised area.                  Ideal for professional and career
                                            development, this is the first step
    Certificate of higher education
                                            towards a masters degree as well
    Get a general grounding or improve
                                            as being a valuable qualification
    your understanding of a subject area.
                                            in its own right.

                                                                                     Find the course to
                                                                                     match your ambition
                                                                                     If you don’t know which
                                                                                     type of course is right for
                                                                                     you, discover more about
                                                                                     the qualifications we offer
                                                                                     on our website. Go to
                                                                                     openuniversity.co.uk/
                                                                                     course-types.

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LEARN IN A WAY
THAT SUITS YOU
You’ll have the flexibility             Pioneering technology                  Do you have additional
                                                                               study needs?
to fit study around the                 We’ve been using innovative
                                        technology to connect with             We’re committed to helping
other things going on                   our students since we first            students with disabilities and
in your life, whatever                  started. Examples include our          additional needs. We’ll give you
they may be.                            online tutorials and module            the tools to help overcome
                                        forums. We’ll make sure that           obstacles that could stand
                                        you always have what you               in the way of your learning –
Distance learning                       need, and feel connected.              whatever your needs may be.
with the OU
We’ve designed our learning             Connect with                           Disabled Students’ Allowance
experience to combine flexibility       other students                         (DSA) – UK residents only
and regular contact. We’ll give you     You can use our module discussion      A DSA can help you with study
the help you need to learn in the       groups to talk about subjects,         costs that result directly from
best possible way. You’ll get regular   course work or study methods.          your disability or specific learning
support from tutors and access to                                              difficulty. They’re not means-tested
all the materials and resources         You can also connect with us
                                                                               and can go towards specialist
essential to your course.               on social media or join one of
                                                                               equipment (such as an adapted
                                        the many informal Facebook
You’ll also have access to student                                             computer), non-medical study
                                        groups set up by students.
support teams, who’ll be there to                                              support (e.g. a dyslexia support
help you on your learning journey.                                             worker) or other related expenses.
                                        Students association                   You can also apply for help with
How you’ll be assessed                  You’ll become a member of our          study-related travel costs that
                                        active students association when       result directly from your disability.
You could be assessed in a              you register. You can help influence
variety of different ways                                                      For more information, go to
                                        University decisions, meet fellow
depending on your choice of                                                    openuniversity.co.uk/disability
                                        students and develop new skills.
course. We use a combination                                                   or call us on 0300 303 5303.
of written assignments, oral or         Find out more at
practical assessments, projects,        openuniversity.co.uk/ousa.
examinations, dissertations             Or join the conversation on
and portfolios.                         Facebook.com/OUstudents
Your assessments will occur             Twitter.com/OUstudents
at set points during your course.       Instagram.com/OUstudentslive.
For more information on how
you’ll be assessed, go to
openuniversity.co.uk/assessment.
                                           What’s it like to study with The Open University?
                                           To find out more about distance learning, the OU study experience
                                           and how we’ll support you throughout your studies, go to
                                           openuniversity.co.uk/learning.

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WELCOME TO
    MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS
    A calculated                    Why study with us?                         Undergraduate
    career move                     Our School of Mathematics and              Our undergraduate programme
                                    Statistics teaches well over 15,000        aims to give a solid grounding
    We’re Europe’s largest          students each year; most students          in the fundamental concepts
                                    study part time but others opt             of mathematics and/or statistics.
    provider of university-level    for full time.                             You’ll have options to delve deeper
    education in mathematics        Our teaching and research
                                                                               into topics such as chaotic systems,
    and statistics, subjects that                                              complex analysis or the applications
                                    include a broad range of topics in
                                                                               of probability.
    are inspiring and enjoyable     mathematical sciences, across pure
                                    mathematics, applied mathematics,          Our qualifications range from a
    to study. They’ll equip you     mathematics education, statistics          Certificate and Diploma of Higher
    with problem-solving and        and theoretical physics.                   Education in Mathematical Sciences
    decision-making skills that                                                through to BSc (Hons) degrees
                                    We’re world leaders in inclusive,
                                                                               including Mathematics;
    will be highly valued across    innovative and high-impact
                                                                               Mathematics and Statistics;
                                    teaching and research. Our
    employment sectors.             award-winning faculty staff create
                                                                               Mathematics and its Learning;
                                                                               Data Science; and Mathematics
    Undergraduates come to          nationally recognised teaching
                                                                               and Physics. On most of these
    us for a solid grounding in     content. And in the latest Research
                                                                               qualifications we offer a choice
                                    Excellence Framework – which
    the fundamental concepts        assesses British academic
                                                                               of starting point to match your
                                                                               existing mathematical knowledge,
    of mathematics and              institutions – 75% of our research
                                                                               and you can switch between
                                    outputs were rated as ‘world
    statistics. Students can                                                   them as your interest in the
                                    leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’.
    develop specialisms in                                                     subject develops.
                                    Gender equality matters to us: we
    particular aspects of pure      hold an Athena SWAN Bronze award
                                                                               For those wishing to improve
                                                                               their understanding of data and
    mathematics, applied            and we’re working towards a Silver
                                                                               statistics, we offer a Professional
                                    award. We also support the London
    mathematics, statistics or      Mathematical Society’s Good
                                                                               Certificate in Practical Statistics
    mathematics education.                                                     and a more advanced Graduate
                                    Practice Scheme, advancing
                                                                               Certificate in Theoretical Statistics
                                    women’s careers in university
                                                                               and Probability.
                                    mathematical sciences departments.

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                                         I couldn’t do my current job if I hadn’t studied
                                         with The Open University and passed my degrees.
                                         I’m a senior civil servant and the chief statistician
                                         for the Department for Work and Pensions. I now
                                         have a very successful career; I wouldn’t have been
                                         able to achieve this without The Open University.
                                         Neil McIvor,
                                         BSc (Hons) Mathematics; MSc Mathematics

Degree holders                           Beyond graduation
in England and Wales                     Mathematics and statistics
If you’re looking to re-skill            graduates are highly sought after for
or up-skill in STEM subjects,            their logical and analytical skills, and
you could still be eligible for a        generally command high salaries.
                                                                                    The quality of OU materials
student loan.                            They find employment in a wide             is excellent and in fact
                                         range of sectors including business,
For more information, go to
                                         education, finance, engineering,
                                                                                    my OU texts are still my
openuniversity.co.uk/quals.
                                         communications, environment,               starting point if I need
                                         science, software development,
Postgraduate                             marketing and the Civil Service.
                                                                                    a particular branch of maths
We’re proud to have the largest MSc      Mathematics and statistics                 to solve a problem. You’ll
in Mathematics student population        graduates play a key role in the
in the UK.
                                                                                    find that the OU opens
                                         technological developments shaping
By studying at this level, you’ll        our modern society. For example,           doors for you that you may
deepen your mathematical learning        climate modelling uses a range of          not be aware of, so go for it;
by delving into advanced aspects         applied mathematical and statistical
                                         techniques to investigate important        your life will be enriched.
of pure and applied mathematics.
Subjects at this level include fractal   issues affecting the entire planet.        Without a doubt, the OU
geometry, coding theory and calculus     One of the fastest growing                 has changed my life.
of variations. The MSc is completed      areas of employment is statistical
by applying your knowledge to a          exploration and data science.              Dr Penny Lynch,
piece of independent study, and          Mathematics and statistics can help        BSc (Hons)
could lead onto a research degree        identify trends and significant links      Mathematical Sciences
at The Open University.                  in large data sets to help us answer
                                         any number of questions about
                                         the world we live and work in,
                                         and thus inform decision making
                                         and policy in all sectors of society.

                                                                                    MORE ONLINE
                                                                                    Learn more about our mathematics
                                                                                    and statistics qualifications, and
                                                                                    register for your chosen course
                                                                                    Visit openuniversity.
                                                                                          co.uk/courses
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BOOST YOUR CONFIDENCE
     WITH AN ACCESS MODULE
     An Access module is a                   An Access module builds                 Your Access module materials
                                             your confidence by                      are a blend of printed and online
     great place to start if you             helping with things like:               resources. You’ll engage with the
     want a gentle introduction              ‒ refreshing your study skills
                                                                                     materials to complete tasks such
     to Open University study.                                                       as online quizzes and tutor-marked
                                             ‒ using computers                       assignments. At the end, you’ll
     It can also help you find out                                                   demonstrate your learning
                                             ‒ introducing you to a range
     more about your interests                 of subjects related to your           by completing a final written
                                                                                     assignment. There’s no exam.
     and where you want your                   area of interest
     learning to take you.                   ‒ finding out if OU study               Access modules start every
                                               suits you and your life.              February and October and last
     We’re different to other universities                                           for 30 weeks. Each week requires
     because we’re open to people                                                    around nine or ten hours of study
                                             How it works
     based on their potential rather                                                 and it’s up to you how you organise
     than their prior qualifications. Our    You’ll have a dedicated tutor,          that time, giving you the flexibility
     students come from a diverse range      who’ll provide academic support         to fit study around your life.
     of academic backgrounds, so we          via email and regular one-to-one
     offer a choice of starting points       telephone tutorials. Your Student       What you need
     depending on how confident you          Support Team will be on hand to
                                             help with everything else, including    We’ll set you up with access to your
     are in your study skills. You can                                               module website and make sure
     either dive straight in with an OU      careers advice, fees and funding,
                                             administrative support, and             your books and other printed
     level 1 module, or you might prefer                                             materials are posted out to you.
     a gentler start with some extra         study-related guidance.
                                                                                     All you need is:
     preparation, in which case,
     an Access module is ideal.                                                      ‒ a phone
                                                                                     ‒ a computer with
                                                                                       internet access.

        What you can study                     Science, technology and                build your confidence and prepare
                                               maths Access module (Y033)             you for more OU study.
        The following Access module
        will prepare you to study at           Grow your knowledge in a range         We offer two other Access
        undergraduate level.                   of technical subjects, including       modules, which are more
                                               science; engineering and design;       relevant to other subject areas:
                                               environment; mathematics;
                                                                                      Arts and languages
                                               and computing and IT. As the
                                                                                      Access module (Y031)
                                               foundation for further studies in
                                               these fields, this module will help    People, work and society
                                                                                      Access module (Y032)

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                                                                                                                       THE OU
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Do you qualify for a free Access module?
You can study an Access             How much does an                              Students who start
module for free if you:             Access module cost?                           with an Access module
‒ live in the UK (excludes          If you don’t qualify to study                 are more likely to be
  Channel Islands and Isle          for free, the cost depends
  of Man) or have a British         on where you live.                           SUCCESSFUL
  Forces Post Office address                                                      when they advance
                                    ‒ In England, the Channel Islands
‒ are studying the module             and the Isle of Man it’s £774.              to OU level 1 study
  as part of an OU qualification
                                    ‒ In Northern Ireland, Scotland
  (this doesn’t apply if you
                                      and Wales it’s £258.
  live in Scotland)
‒ have a household income           You can pay up front by debit or
  (or, in Scotland, a personal      credit card, or by bank transfer.
  income) of £25,000 or less, or    Or spread the cost with an Open
  you receive qualifying benefits   University Student Budget Account
                                    – see page 17 for more information.
‒ have completed less
  than one year of a full-time      If you’re studying an Access module
  undergraduate programme           as part of an OU qualification and you
  at FHEQ or CQFW level 4/          live in England, Wales or Northern
  SCQF level 7 or above, and        Ireland, you could cover the cost
  not completed 30 credits          with a student loan – see page 16
  or more of OU study.              for more information.

The Access module really helped equip
me with the skills and confidence I needed
to go on and study at degree level.
                                                                             NEXT STEPS
Tim Walker,                                                                  Order an Access
Bachelor of Laws (Hons) LLB                                                  Modules Prospectus
                                                                             or speak to our Student
                                                                             Recruitment team
                                                                             Visit openuniversity.
                                                                                   co.uk/ug-access
                                                                             Call 0300 303 0069
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HOW YOU BUILD
     YOUR QUALIFICATION

     Undergraduate students
                                                                          Access module
     You’ll need to build up a set number                           An optional module to build
                                                                    your confidence and prepare
     of credits to gain your qualification.                             you for further study.
     Here’s how it works.
     Stages
                                                                     To complete Stage 1, you’ll
     ‒ Complete one stage for a certificate of higher             need 120 credits, studying modules
       education, two stages for a diploma of higher                    worth 30 or 60 credits.
       education and three stages to gain an
                                                        Stage 1
       honours degree.
     ‒ To complete each stage, you must build                                120 credits
       up a set number of credits.

                                                                  Certi cate of higher education
     Credits
     ‒ You need 120 credits to complete
       each stage.
     ‒ You need a set number of credits
                                                                     To complete Stage 2, you’ll
       to gain your chosen qualification
                                                                  need a further 120 credits, studying
       e.g. you need 360 credits to gain
                                                                   modules worth 30 or 60 credits.
       an honours degree.
                                                        Stage 2

     ‒ You gain credits by successfully
       completing modules.                                                   240 credits

     Modules
     ‒ With each module you successfully                           Diploma of higher education
       complete, you’ll earn a set number
       of credits, either 30 or 60.
     ‒ Modules are either compulsory or
       selected from a choice of options.
                                                                     To complete Stage 3, you’ll
     ‒ You choose the modules you want                            need a further 120 credits, studying
       to study, year by year.                                     modules worth 30 or 60 credits.
                                                        Stage 3

                                                                             360 credits

                                                                          Honours degree

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Postgraduate students
You gain a postgraduate
qualification by building
up a set number of credits.
Credits
You need:                                          60 credits at postgraduate level.
‒ 60 credits to gain a postgraduate certificate
‒ 120 credits to gain a postgraduate diploma
‒ 180 credits to gain a masters degree.              Postgraduate certi cate
You gain credits by successfully
completing modules.

Modules
‒ With each module you successfully               A further 60 credits at postgraduate
  complete, you’ll earn a set number                     level – total 120 credits.
  of credits, usually 30 or 60.
‒ Modules are either compulsory
  or selected from a choice of options.                Postgraduate diploma
‒ You choose the modules you
  want to study, year by year.

Getting started
All you need to do is choose which                A further 60 credits at postgraduate
qualification you want to study and                      level – total 180 credits.
register on a module that counts
towards that qualification. You can
find out more about the postgraduate
qualifications we offer in mathematics
                                                           Masters degree
from page 42.

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HOW LONG YOUR
     QUALIFICATION WILL TAKE
     We give you the flexibility to choose the amount you want to study each year.
     This way, you get the qualification you want in a timeframe that’s right for you.

     Undergraduate qualifications
     Most of our students study part time, taking 60 credits a year. That’s like studying
     at half the rate of a full-time course at a traditional university. If you want to
     complete your study at a full-time rate, you’ll need to study 120 credits per year.

       Part time | 60 credits a year | 16–18 study hours a week

                  Certificate of higher
                education (120 credits)

                   Diploma of higher
               education (240 credits)

                        Honours degree
                           (360 credits)

                                              0                1              2               3               4   5   6

                                                                                      Years to complete

       Full time | 120 credits a year | 32–36 study hours a week

                  Certificate of higher
                education (120 credits)

                   Diploma of higher
               education (240 credits)

                        Honours degree
                           (360 credits)

                                              0                1              2               3               4   5   6

                                                                                      Years to complete

     Some qualifications follow a different pattern of study. See individual descriptions for more information.

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Postgraduate qualifications

                                                                                                                                             EXPLORE THE OU
                                                                                                     Find out more
The time it will take to complete your qualification depends on
how it’s structured and the number of credits required. All of our                                   For more information on
postgraduate courses are offered as part-time study and the usual                                    finding time to study, and to
timescales for individual module completion are shown below.                                         use our time planner tool, go to
                                                                                                     openuniversity.co.uk/time.
‒ 30 credit module – typically nine months.

  Part time | 60 credits a year | 16–20 study hours a week

        Postgraduate certificate
                    (60 credits)

           Postgraduate diploma
                    (120 credits)

                    Masters degree
                      (180 credits)

                                         0                                1                              2                        3

                                                                                 Years to complete

Some qualifications follow a different pattern of study. See individual descriptions for more information.

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FEES AND FUNDING
     We believe cost shouldn’t                      Funding – England                               Funding – Northern Ireland
                                                    and Wales
     be a barrier to achieving                                                                      You could be eligible for a Part-Time
                                                    The best way to fund your studies,              Fee Grant of up to £1,230 a year to
     your potential. That’s                         regardless of age or income,                    help towards your fees. The amount
     why our tuition fees                           might be with a student loan                    depends on your household income
     are among the most                             from Student Finance England                    and the rate at which you study.
                                                    or Student Finance Wales. It’s                  If you’re not eligible for the grant,
     competitive in the UK.                         the most popular way to pay.                    or if it doesn’t cover the full cost
     And we’ll always help you                                                                      of your tuition fees, you can pay in
                                                    Key facts                                       full or in part using an alternative
     find a way of paying that                      ‒ Repayments only start                         payment method, such as a
     suits your circumstances.                        when your salary exceeds                      Part-Time Tuition Fee Loan.
                                                      the income threshold
                                                      (£26,575 from April 2020).                    Funding – Scotland
     For undergraduate
                                                    ‒ Repayments are deducted                       If your personal income is £25,000
     You’ll pay on a module-by-module                 automatically from your salary.               or less, or you’re on certain benefits,
     basis, rather than for your whole              ‒ You can pay off the loan                      and you’re studying at least 30
     qualification up front. See below                early without any penalties.                  credits, you could qualify for a
     to get an idea of costs.                       ‒ Any balance outstanding after                 Part-Time Fee Grant and top-up
                                                      30 years will be written off.                 funding to cover 100% of your
         LIVING IN ENGLAND
                                                                                                    course fees. It isn’t a loan and you
         CREDITS                       COST             EXAMPLE REPAYMENT AMOUNTS                   won’t need to pay any of it back.
         EACH YEAR                     PER YEAR1
                                                        INCOME EACH                    MONTHLY
         30                            £1,548           YEAR BEFORE TAX                REPAYMENT3   Study support and
                                                        Up to £26,575                  £0
                                                                                                    discretionary funds
         60                            £3,096
                                                                                                    If your annual income is less than
         120                           £6,192           £28,000                        £10.68       £25,000, you might be eligible for
                                                        £34,000                        £55.69       additional means-tested funding for
     1
     2020/21 prices; fees normally increase                                                         study-related costs, such as travel,
     annually in line with inflation and the            £49,000                        £168.19      childcare and internet access.
     University’s strategic approach to fees.

     In England, the cost for a 360-credit          3
                                                        Repayments are based on what you            Self-funded study
     honours degree based on today’s                    earn, not what you owe. You’ll repay
     prices is £18,576.
                                                        9% of what you earn over £26,575.           You can pay using a debit or credit
                                                        For example, if you earn £28,000,
                                                                                                    card, or by bank transfer. Or spread
                                                        you’ll repay £128.25 that year (9% of
         LIVING IN NORTHERN IRELAND,                    £1,425). That’s just over £10 per month.    the cost with an Open University
         SCOTLAND OR WALES                                                                          Student Budget Account – see
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I AM...
     MATT GEORGES
     After suffering a            I was in a middle management role       About a year later, there was
                                  at the Environment Agency when          an opening in the Environment
     breakdown and                I signed up for a Diploma in            Agency’s economics team,
     being diagnosed with         Economics with the OU. I wanted         so I applied – and I got the job!
     depression, Matt decided     a change in career direction and        And three years later I got my
                                  to become an economist. I gave          degree – a 2:1 in Economics
     to make some changes         it a lot of thought beforehand          and Mathematical Sciences.
     in his life. He decided to   and discussed it with friends,
                                                                          I remember being told that
                                  family and colleagues as well.
     take a different direction                                           becoming a father was the hardest
                                  My manager agreed to fund my
     and signed up for a                                                  thing I’d ever do, but that it would
                                  tuition fees, and in return I reduced
                                                                          also be the most rewarding. That is
     diploma with the OU,         my working hours to ensure I put
                                                                          right, but only just. I had to put
                                  in the required time and effort.
     which then led to a                                                  my life and relationships back
                                  Studying was such a refreshing          together after my breakdown,
     degree and a new job.        change from work. I was learning        and I studied for my degree
                                  new things all the time and             part-time while working and
                                  challenging myself to think more        bringing up two kids. All of that
                                  carefully and in a more structured      while learning to manage my
                                  way. After a year or so I decided       depression has been tough.
                                  to take the plunge and applied          But it’s been an amazing experience.
                                  to study for a degree.
                                                                          Matt Georges,
                                                                          BSc (Hons) Economics
                                                                          and Mathematical Sciences

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FIND AN
UNDERGRADUATE COURSE
You can register for the    MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS
2020/2021 academic
year for undergraduate      Are you ready to study mathematics?                      20

qualifications from         BSc (Hons) Mathematics (Q31)                             22
18 March 2020.
                            BSc (Hons) Mathematics and Statistics (Q36)              24
We’ve based the
                            BSc (Hons) Mathematics and its Learning (Q46)            26
qualification start dates
on the first module(s)      BSc (Hons) Data Science (R38)                            28
you can study as part       Professional Certificate in Practical Statistics (S03)   30
of your qualification.
                            Graduate Certificate in Theoretical Statistics
                                                                                     31
                            and Probability (S04)

                            OTHER QUALIFICATIONS THAT
                            INCLUDE MATHEMATICS OR STATISTICS
                            BSc (Hons) Mathematics and Physics (Q77)                 32

                            BSc (Hons) Computing & IT and Mathematics (Q67)          34

                            BSc (Hons) Computing & IT and Statistics (Q67)           34

                            BSc (Hons) Economics and Mathematical Sciences (Q15)     36

                            COMBINED STEM
                            BSc (Hons) Combined STEM (R28)                           38

                            OPEN DEGREE
                            BA/BSc (Hons) Open (QD)                                  40

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MATHEMATICS
      AND STATISTICS

     ARE YOU READY TO STUDY
     MATHEMATICS?

     As mathematics is a linear subject, you need a good understanding of the basics
     before moving onto more advanced topics.
     Our stage 1 curriculum is common       The default start will suit you if one   ‒ a solid foundation in:
     to most mathematics and statistics     or more of the following applies:
                                                                                       • introductory algebra,
     qualifications. It provides the
                                            ‒ You’d like a thorough                      geometry and trigonometry
     underpinning knowledge and skills
                                              grounding in topics such
     you’ll need for more advanced                                                     • mathematical vocabulary
                                              as algebra and trigonometry.
     study at later stages. In most                                                      and notation
     qualifications, you’ll choose either   ‒ You haven’t previously studied
                                                                                       • mathematical techniques
     the default start or the intensive       mathematics to an advanced level.
                                                                                         for solving problems
     start, depending on your experience    ‒ You haven’t studied mathematics
     and confidence with mathematics.                                                  • interpreting results
                                              for some time and need to
                                                                                         in real-life contexts
                                              refresh your skills.
                                                                                       • simple mathematical
                                            Starting with Discovering
                                                                                         arguments
                                            mathematics (MU123) will give you:
                                                                                       • explaining mathematical
                                            ‒ a broad introduction to
                                                                                         ideas in writing
                                              university-level study
                                                                                       • developing skills
                                            ‒ the opportunity to improve
                                                                                         in learning mathematics
                                              your skills in mathematical
                                              communication and                        • describing problems
                                              independent learning                       mathematically
                                            ‒ an appreciation of how                   • analysing mathematical
                                              mathematics pervades                       reasoning.
                                              aspects of our lives everyday          On successful completion of
                                                                                     Discovering mathematics (MU123),
                                                                                     you’ll be ready to study Essential
                                                                                     mathematics 1 (MST124).

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FIND AN UNDERGRADUATE COURSE
Before you register                  Essential mathematics 1 (MST124)
                                     will give you:
Check you’re ready for Discovering
mathematics (MU123) at               ‒ experience using powerful
openuniversity.co.uk/mu123.            mathematical software
                                     ‒ experience of mathematical
Did you score highly                   topics employed in many areas –
in the quiz?                           such as computing, economics,
The intensive start begins at a        engineering, physics and
higher level and a faster pace.        science – including:
You’d start instead with Essential
                                       • applying algebra, number
mathematics 1 (MST124), and later
                                         systems and functions to
study a module of your choice
                                         solve problems
in place of Discovering
mathematics (MU123).                   • expressing mathematical
                                         ideas, arguments and
The intensive start will suit you
                                         procedures clearly
if you’re confident about studying
mathematics at university level        • using vectors and matrices
and, in particular, have a good          to investigate mathematical
understanding of algebra and             structures
trigonometry. Your background          • using calculus to solve a range
might include one or more                of problems.
of the following:
                                     On successful completion of
‒ AS level in mathematics            Essential mathematics 1 (MST124),
‒ A level or Scottish Higher in      you’ll be ready for the next module
  mathematics, even if you didn’t    in your qualification.
  finish it
‒ HNC or HND in a relevant subject
                                     Before you register
                                     Check you’re ready for Essential
‒ International baccalaureate
                                     mathematics 1 (MST124) at
  diploma
                                     openuniversity.co.uk/mst124.
‒ confidence and fluency with
  most of the topics covered in
  Discovering mathematics (MU123).

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BSc (HONS)
     MATHEMATICS
     Take your understanding of concepts, theories and applications in pure and applied
     mathematics to graduate level. You can also include optional statistics, theoretical
     physics or mathematics education.
     You’ll cover a wide range of topics      Why choose this                      Accreditation
     and develop an understanding             qualification?                       ‒ Institute of Mathematics
     of mathematical problems and
                                              ‒ Choose pure and applied              and its Applications.
     approaches. Practise with essential
                                                mathematics modules that
     methods and tools, and increase
                                                fit your needs and interests.
     your familiarity with mathematical
     software. Gain an appreciation of the    ‒ Include statistics, physics and
     role and construction of rigorous          mathematics education options.
     proof. And build your experience
                                              ‒ Develop your experience
     of communicating mathematical
                                                with mathematical methods
     arguments and conclusions.
                                                and software.
     There are two starting points: default
                                              ‒ Start at a point that suits your
     and intensive. For more information
                                                level of mathematical knowledge.
     about the best starting point for
     you, see pages 20–21 or go to            ‒ Move to a different mathematics/
     openuniversity.co.uk/start-maths.          statistics degree, if your
                                                aspirations change, even
                                                after you’ve started.

                                                                                    Related qualifications
                                                                                    Diploma of Higher Education
                                                                                    in Mathematical Sciences (W43)
                                                                                    openuniversity.co.uk/w43
                                                                                    Certificate of Higher Education
                                                                                    in Mathematical Sciences (T14)
                                                                                    openuniversity.co.uk/t14

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FIND AN UNDERGRADUATE COURSE
                      Qualification structure                                                                    AT A GLANCE
                      You'll choose either:                                                                      Course code               Q31

                      1. The default start                                                                       Total credits             360
                      2. The intensive start.
                                                                                                                 Start dates
                      The example route shown below is the default start.                                        Oct 2020
                      The intensive start will differ at Stage 1, see pages 20–21                                Register by 10 Sep 2020
                      or go to openuniversity.co.uk/q31 for details.
                                                                                                                 Feb 2021
                        DEFAULT START                                                                            Register by 14 Jan 2021

                                                                                                Compulsory       Entry requirements
                       Discovering mathematics                                                  modules
                                                                                                                 Check you’re ready
                       (MU123) (30 credits)                                                     Option           and get advice on your
Stage 1 120 credits

                                                                                                modules
                                                                                                                 best starting point at
                                                                                                Awarded          openuniversity.co.uk/
                       Essential mathematics 1                                                  qualification    start-maths
                       (MST124) (30 credits)
                                                                                                                 Assessment
                       Introducing statistics                                                                    Based on a mix of:
                       (M140) (30 credits)                                                                       ‒ Tutor-marked
                                                                                                                   assignments
                                                                                                                 ‒ Interactive computer-
                       Essential mathematics 2                                                                     marked assignments
                       (MST125) (30 credits)
                                                                                                                 ‒ End-of-module
                                                                                                                   assessments
                                                                                                                 ‒ Examinations

                                                                                                                 Study duration
Stage 2 120 credits

                       Pure mathematics                                                                          Part time: 6–8 years
                       (M208) (60 credits)                                                                       Full time: 3–4 years

                                                                                                                 Mode of study
                       You’ll choose 60 credits from:                                                            The learning materials
                                                                                                                 provided are mostly
                       Mathematical methods, models and modelling                                                print with some online
                       (MST210) (60 credits)
                       Analysing data (M248) (30 credits)                                                        Electronic versions
                       Mathematical methods (MST224) (30 credits)                                                of printed materials
                                                                                                                 available (e.g. PDF)

                                                                                                                 Disc-based media
                       You’ll choose 120 credits from:                                                           (e.g. DVD)
                       Applications of probability (M343) (30 credits)
                                                                                                                 Online forum
                       Complex analysis (M337) (30 credits)                                                      Optional
Stage 3 120 credits

                       Deterministic and stochastic dynamics (MS327) (30 credits)
                                                                                                                 Collaborative work
                       Electromagnetism (SMT359) (30 credits)                                                    Optional
                       Further pure mathematics (M303) (60 credits)
                       Graphs, networks and design (MT365) (30 credits)
                       Linear statistical modelling (M346) (30 credits)
                       Mathematical methods and fluid mechanics (MST326) (30 credits)
                       Mathematical statistics (M347) (30 credits)
                       Mathematical thinking in schools (ME620) (30 credits)
                       Optimization (M373) (30 credits)                                                         MORE ONLINE
                       The quantum world (SM358) (30 credits)
                                                                                                                Find out more about this
                                                                                                                course, fees and funding,
                                                                                                                and how to register
                       BSc (HONS) MATHEMATICS
                                                                                                                Visit openuniversity.
                                                                                                                      co.uk/q31
                      Qualification delivery, module availability and qualification structure
                      are subject to change.                                                                    Call 0300 303 5303
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BSc (HONS) MATHEMATICS
     AND STATISTICS
     Gain extensive knowledge of probability and statistics. Combine this with pure
     mathematics or applied mathematics.
     This degree will equip you with          Why choose this                         Accreditation
     problem-solving and decision-            qualification?                          ‒ Institute of Mathematics
     making tools. You’ll experience
                                              ‒ Build expertise in analytical           and its Applications.
     using statistical software and
                                                approaches, classical                 ‒ Royal Statistical Society.
     practise conducting and
                                                and Bayesian statistics,
     communicating statistical
                                                and the underpinning
     investigations. You’ll develop
                                                mathematical theory.
     your understanding of time series
     analysis, multivariate data analysis,    ‒ Focus on either pure or applied
     regression analysis, and hypothesis        mathematics to fit your needs
     testing. You’ll also explore classical     and interests.
     and Bayesian statistics.
                                              ‒ Practise conducting and
     There are two starting points: default     communicating statistical
     and intensive. For more information        investigations and using
     about the best starting point for          professional software.
     you, see pages 20–21 or go to
                                              ‒ Start at a point that suits your
     openuniversity.co.uk/start-maths.
                                                level of mathematical knowledge.
                                              ‒ Move to a different mathematics
                                                degree, if your aspirations change,
                                                even after you’ve started.
                                                                                       Related qualifications
                                                                                       Diploma of Higher Education
                                                                                       in Mathematical Sciences (W43)
                                                                                       openuniversity.co.uk/w43
                                                                                       Certificate of Higher Education
                                                                                       in Mathematical Sciences (T14)
                                                                                       openuniversity.co.uk/t14

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FIND AN UNDERGRADUATE COURSE
                      Qualification structure                                                                    AT A GLANCE
                      You'll choose either:                                                                      Course code            Q36

                      1. The default start                                                                       Total credits             360
                      2. The intensive start.
                                                                                                                 Start dates
                      The example route shown below is the default start.                                        Oct 2020
                      The intensive start will differ at Stage 1, see pages 20–21                                Register by 10 Sep 2020
                      or go to openuniversity.co.uk/q36 for details.
                                                                                                                 Feb 2021
                        DEFAULT START                                                                            Register by 14 Jan 2021

                                                                                                Compulsory       Entry requirements
                       Discovering mathematics                                                  modules
                                                                                                                 Check you’re ready
                       (MU123) (30 credits)                                                     Option
Stage 1 120 credits

                                                                                                                 and get advice on your
                                                                                                modules
                                                                                                                 best starting point at
                       Essential mathematics 1                                                  Awarded          openuniversity.co.uk/
                                                                                                qualification    start-maths
                       (MST124) (30 credits)

                       Introducing statistics                                                                    Assessment
                       (M140) (30 credits)                                                                       Based on a mix of:
                                                                                                                 ‒ Tutor-marked
                                                                                                                   assignments
                       Essential mathematics 2
                                                                                                                 ‒ Interactive computer-
                       (MST125) (30 credits)
                                                                                                                   marked assignments
                                                                                                                 ‒ End-of-module
                                                                                                                   assessments
                       Analysing data                                                                            ‒ Examinations
                       (M248) (30 credits)
Stage 2 120 credits

                                                                                                                 Study duration
                       Practical modern statistics                                                               Part time: 6–8 years
                                                                                                                 Full time: 3–4 years
                       (M249) (30 credits)
                                                                                                                 Mode of study
                       Mathematical methods, models and modelling                                                The learning materials
                       (MST210) (60 credits) OR                                                                  provided are mostly
                       Pure mathematics                                                                          print with some online
                       (M208) (60 credits)
                                                                                                                 Electronic versions
                                                                                                                 of printed materials
                                                                                                                 available (e.g. PDF)
                       Applications of probability
                                                                                                                 Disc-based media
                       (M343) (30 credits)
                                                                                                                 (e.g. DVD)

                       Linear statistical modelling                                                              Online forum
                       (M346) (30 credits)                                                                       Optional
Stage 3 120 credits

                       Mathematical statistics                                                                   Collaborative work
                                                                                                                 Optional
                       (M347) (30 credits)

                       You’ll choose 30 credits from:
                       Complex analysis (M337) (30 credits)
                       Deterministic and stochastic dynamics (MS327) (30 credits)
                       Graphs, networks and design (MT365) (30 credits)
                       Mathematical methods and fluid mechanics (MST326) (30 credits)
                       Mathematical thinking in schools (ME620) (30 credits)                                    MORE ONLINE
                       Optimization (M373) (30 credits)                                                         Find out more about this
                                                                                                                course, fees and funding,
                                                                                                                and how to register
                       BSc (HONS) MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS
                                                                                                                Visit openuniversity.
                                                                                                                      co.uk/q36
                      Qualification delivery, module availability and qualification structure
                      are subject to change.                                                                    Call 0300 303 5303
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BSc (HONS) MATHEMATICS
     AND ITS LEARNING
     Understand how people learn mathematics and gain insight into different
     teaching approaches.
     We designed this unique degree           Why choose this                      Accreditation
     with teachers – or those interested      qualification?                       ‒ Institute of Mathematics
     in mathematics education –
                                              ‒ Understand how we learn              and its Applications.
     in mind. It will develop your
                                                mathematics/statistics and
     knowledge and understanding
                                                associated teaching approaches.
     of mathematics and statistics
     teaching. And broaden your ideas         ‒ Advance your own mathematics
     about what it means to learn and           knowledge, including
     use these subjects. You’ll also gain       optional statistics.
     a good grounding in mathematics
                                              ‒ Develop your educational skills
     (pure and applied) and statistics.
                                                alongside problem-solving
     You can focus your studies on
                                                and reflective skills.
     either discipline as you progress.
                                              ‒ Start at a point that suits your
     There are two starting points: default
                                                level of mathematical knowledge.
     and intensive. For more information
     about the best starting point for        ‒ Move to a different mathematics
     you, see pages 20–21 or go to              or statistics degree, if your
     openuniversity.co.uk/start-maths.          aspirations change, even
                                                after you’ve started.

                                                                                    Related qualifications
                                                                                    Diploma of Higher Education
                                                                                    in Mathematical Sciences (W43)
                                                                                    openuniversity.co.uk/w43
                                                                                    Certificate of Higher Education
                                                                                    in Mathematical Sciences (T14)
                                                                                    openuniversity.co.uk/t14

26
FIND AN UNDERGRADUATE COURSE
                      Qualification structure                                                                    AT A GLANCE
                      You'll choose either:                                                                      Course code            Q46

                      1. The default start                                                                       Total credits             360
                      2. The intensive start.
                                                                                                                 Start dates
                      The example route shown below is the default start.                                        Oct 2020
                      The intensive start will differ at Stage 1, see pages 20–21                                Register by 10 Sep 2020
                      or go to openuniversity.co.uk/q46 for details.
                                                                                                                 Feb 2021
                        DEFAULT START                                                                            Register by 14 Jan 2021

                                                                                                Compulsory       Entry requirements
                       Discovering mathematics                                                  modules
                                                                                                                 Check you’re ready
                       (MU123) (30 credits)                                                     Option
Stage 1 120 credits

                                                                                                                 and get advice on your
                                                                                                modules
                                                                                                                 best starting point at
                       Essential mathematics 1                                                  Awarded          openuniversity.co.uk/
                                                                                                qualification    start-maths
                       (MST124) (30 credits)

                       Introducing statistics                                                                    Assessment
                       (M140) (30 credits)                                                                       Based on a mix of:
                                                                                                                 ‒ Tutor-marked
                                                                                                                   assignments
                       Essential mathematics 2
                                                                                                                 ‒ Interactive computer-
                       (MST125) (30 credits)
                                                                                                                   marked assignments
                                                                                                                 ‒ End-of-module
                                                                                                                   assessments
                                                                                                                 ‒ Examinations
                       Pure mathematics
Stage 2 120 credits

                       (M208) (60 credits)                                                                       Study duration
                                                                                                                 Part time: 6–8 years
                                                                                                                 Full time: 3–4 years

                       You’ll choose 60 credits from:                                                            Mode of study
                       Mathematical methods, models and modelling                                                The learning materials
                       (MST210) (60 credits)                                                                     provided are mostly
                       Mathematical methods (MST224) (30 credits)                                                print with some online

                       Analysing data (M248) (30 credits)
                                                                                                                 Electronic versions
                                                                                                                 of printed materials
                                                                                                                 available (e.g. PDF) –
                       Mathematical thinking in schools                                                          with the exception of
                       (ME620) (30 credits)                                                                      some Stage 3 modules

                                                                                                                 Disc-based media
                       You’ll choose 60 credits from:
                                                                                                                 (e.g. DVD)
                       Developing algebraic thinking (ME625) (30 credits)
Stage 3 120 credits

                       Developing geometric thinking (ME627) (30 credits)                                        Online forum
                                                                                                                 Optional
                       Developing statistical thinking (ME626) (30 credits)
                                                                                                                 Collaborative work
                       You’ll choose 30 credits from:                                                            Compulsory
                       Applications of probability (M343) (30 credits)
                       Complex analysis (M337) (30 credits)
                       Deterministic and stochastic dynamics (MS327) (30 credits)
                       Graphs, networks and design (MT365) (30 credits)
                       Linear statistical modelling (M346) (30 credits)
                       Mathematical statistics (M347) (30 credits)                                              MORE ONLINE
                       Optimization (M373) (30 credits)                                                         Find out more about this
                                                                                                                course, fees and funding,
                                                                                                                and how to register
                       BSc (HONS) MATHEMATICS AND ITS LEARNING
                                                                                                                Visit openuniversity.
                                                                                                                      co.uk/q46
                      Qualification delivery, module availability and qualification structure
                      are subject to change.                                                                    Call 0300 303 5303
                                                                                                                                                 27
BSc (HONS) DATA SCIENCE

     Data plays a vital role in almost all private and public sector employment.
     The need to understand how to use data to inform decision making
     has never been more important.
     This degree equips you with          Why choose this
     the skills to explore and analyse                                          Find out more
                                          qualification?
     complex data sets. And to solve                                            More or Less explains – and
                                          ‒ Develop familiarity with
     practical problems using applied                                           sometimes debunks – the
                                            mathematical, statistical
     mathematics, statistics and                                                numbers and statistics used
                                            and computational data
     computing. You’ll gain a good                                              in political debate, the news
                                            modelling techniques.
     grounding in mathematical and                                              and everyday life. The Radio 4
     statistical methods, which provide   ‒ Build your expertise in a range     programme is a BBC/Open
     the foundation for data analysis.      of software, including Python       University co-production and
     You’ll learn relevant computing        and R languages.                    contributes to the OU’s mission
     skills, including elements of                                              of increasing the public
                                          ‒ Gain experience in communicating
     machine learning and artificial                                            awareness, interest and
                                            and critically commenting on data
     intelligence, and gain experience                                          understanding of mathematics
                                            analysis results.
     of using statistical software.                                             and statistics.
                                          ‒ Increase your employability
                                            in a wide range of sectors.

                                                                                Related qualifications
                                                                                Diploma of Higher Education
                                                                                in Data Analysis (W77)
                                                                                openuniversity.co.uk/w77
                                                                                Certificate of Higher Education
                                                                                in Data Analysis (T42)
                                                                                openuniversity.co.uk/t42

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                      Qualification structure                                                                     AT A GLANCE
                                                                                                Compulsory        Course code               R38
                       Introducing statistics                                                   modules
                       (M140) (30 credits)                                                      Intermediate      Total credits             360
                                                                                                qualifications
Stage 1 120 credits

                                                                                                Option            Start dates
                       Introduction to computing and information technology 1                   modules           Oct 2020
                       (TM111) (30 credits)                                                     Awarded           Register by 10 Sep 2020
                                                                                                qualification
                                                                                                                  Feb 2021
                       Essential mathematics 1                                                                    Register by 14 Jan 2021
                       (MST124) (30 credits)
                                                                                                                  Apr 2021
                                                                                                                  Register by 11 Mar 2021
                       Introduction to computing and information technology 2
                                                                                                                  Entry requirements
                       (TM112) (30 credits)
                                                                                                                  Check you’ve got
                                                                                                                  the mathematics
                                                                                                                  skills needed at
                       Certificate of Higher Education in Data Analysis (T42)
                                                                                                                  openuniversity.co.uk/
                                                                                                                  mst124

                                                                                                                  Assessment
                                                                                                                  Based on a mix of:
                       Analysing data
                                                                                                                  ‒ Tutor-marked
                       (M248) (30 credits)                                                                          assignments
Stage 2 120 credits

                                                                                                                  ‒ Interactive computer-
                                                                                                                    marked assignments
                       Algorithms, data structures and computability
                                                                                                                  ‒ End-of-module
                       (M269) (30 credits)
                                                                                                                    assessments
                                                                                                                  ‒ Examinations
                       Mathematical methods
                                                                                                                  Study duration
                       (MST224) (30 credits)
                                                                                                                  Part time: 6 years
                                                                                                                  Full time: 3 years
                       Practical modern statistics
                                                                                                                  Mode of study
                       (M249) (30 credits)
                                                                                                                  The learning materials
                                                                                                                  provided are a balance
                                                                                                                  of print and online
                       Diploma of Higher Education in Data Analysis (W77)
                                                                                                                  Electronic versions
                                                                                                                  of printed materials
                                                                                                                  available (e.g. PDF)

                       Applied statistical modelling                                                              Disc-based media
                       (M348) (30 credits) – planned for Oct 2022                                                 (e.g. DVD)

                                                                                                                  Online forum
Stage 3 120 credits

                       Machine learning & artificial intelligence                                                 Optional
                       (TM358) (30 credits) – planned for Oct 2021
                                                                                                                  Collaborative work
                                                                                                                  Optional
                       You’ll choose 60 credits from:
                       Applications of probability (M343) (30 credits)
                       Data management and analysis (TM351) (30 credits)
                       Graphs, networks and design (MT365) (30 credits)
                       Interaction design and the user experience (TM356) (30 credits)
                       Mathematical statistics (M347) (30 credits)                                               MORE ONLINE
                       Optimization (M373) (30 credits)
                                                                                                                 Find out more about this
                                                                                                                 course, fees and funding,
                                                                                                                 and how to register
                       BSc (HONS) DATA SCIENCE
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                                                                                                                       co.uk/r38
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                      are subject to change.                                                                     Call 0300 303 5303
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AT A GLANCE
             PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATE
             IN PRACTICAL STATISTICS                                                                                           Course code               S03

                                                                                                                               Total credits             120

          This certificate introduces                                   Why choose this                                        Start dates
                                                                        qualification?
          key ideas in statistics.                                                                                             Oct 2020
                                                                                                                               Register by 10 Sep 2020
          Gain the skills to explore,                                   ‒ Cover key topics, from exploratory
                                                                          data analysis to statistical
          summarise and analyse                                           modelling techniques.
                                                                                                                               Feb 2021
                                                                                                                               Register by 14 Jan 2021
          data to solve practical                                       ‒ Use statistical software packages
          problems.                                                       for analysis, including linear and                   Entry requirements
                                                                          generalised linear modelling.                        Check you’ve got
          Appreciate the breadth of statistical                                                                                the mathematical
          applications and of the role of                               ‒ Learn to communicate about and                       skills needed at
                                                                          critically comment on statistical                    openuniversity.co.uk/
          variability in today’s world. Learn                                                                                  mathstats
          to recognise the limitation of                                  investigations and data analyses.
          statistical analyses. You’ll also use                         ‒ Gain the skills to use statistics                    Assessment
          a range of statistical software.                                at work.                                             Based on a mix of:
                                                                                                                               ‒ Tutor-marked
                                                                                                                                 assignments
                                                                                                                               ‒ Interactive computer-
                           Qualification structure                                                                               marked assignments
                                                                                                                               ‒ End-of-module
                           This certificate has only one stage.                                                                  assessments
                                                                                                              Compulsory       ‒ Examinations
                                                                                                              modules
                            Introducing statistics                                                                             Study duration
                                                                                                              Awarded
                            (M140) (30 credits)
                                                                                                              qualification    Part time: 2–4 years
     Stage 1 120 credits

                                                                                                                               Mode of study
                            Analysing data                                                                                     The learning materials
                            (M248) (30 credits)                                                                                provided are mostly print
                                                                                                                               with some online

                            Practical modern statistics                                                                        Electronic versions
                            (M249) (30 credits)                                                                                of printed materials
                                                                                                                               available (e.g. PDF)

                                                                                                                               Disc-based media
                            Linear statistical modelling
                                                                                                                               (e.g. DVD)
                            (M346) (30 credits)
                                                                                                                               Online forum
                                                                                                                               Optional

                            PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATE IN PRACTICAL STATISTICS                                                   Collaborative work

                           Qualification delivery, module availability and qualification structure
                           are subject to change.

                                                                                                                              MORE ONLINE
                                                                                                                              Find out more about this
                                                                                                                              course, fees and funding,
                                                                                                                              and how to register
                                                                                                                              Visit openuniversity.
                                                                                                                                    co.uk/s03
                                                                                                                              Call 0300 303 5303
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                                                                                                                     AT A GLANCE
       GRADUATE CERTIFICATE
       IN THEORETICAL STATISTICS                                                                                     Course code            S04

       AND PROBABILITY                                                                                               Total credits          60

                                                                                                                     Start dates
                                                                                                                     Oct 2020
    This certificate teaches                                      Why choose this                                    Register by 10 Sep 2020
                                                                  qualification?
    the theory that underpins
                                                                  ‒ Cover key analytical approaches,                 Entry requirements
    statistical inference and                                                                                        An undergraduate degree
                                                                    classical and Bayesian statistics
    probability. Equipping                                          and the underpinning
                                                                                                                     with a substantial amount
                                                                                                                     of mathematical and/
    you to understand the                                           mathematical theory.                             or statistical content.
                                                                                                                     Check you’re ready at
    assumptions and                                               ‒ Learn about distribution
                                                                                                                     openuniversity.co.uk/
    limitations of a range                                          theory and a range of                            mathstats
                                                                    probabilistic models.
    of statistical models.                                                                                           Assessment
                                                                  ‒ Understand the theory
                                                                    behind statistical inference.                    Based on a mix of:
    You’ll gain a thorough
    understanding of the theory you                                                                                  ‒ Tutor-marked
                                                                  ‒ Gain the skills to critically                      assignments
    need to underpin your work as a                                 comment on analyses                              ‒ Interactive computer-
    professional statistician. Learn to                             and model choices.                                 marked assignments
    develop probability models for
                                                                                                                     ‒ Examinations
    practical situations and investigate
    the model’s properties. Study the                                                                                Study duration
    mathematical theory underlying                                                                                   Part time: 1–2 years
    methods and concepts used in
    practical statistical analyses.                                                                                  Mode of study
                                                                                                                     The learning materials
                                                                                                                     provided are mostly print
                                                                                                                     with some online
                     Qualification structure
                                                                                                                     Electronic versions
                     This certificate has only one stage.                                                            of printed materials
                                                                                                                     available (e.g. PDF)
                                                                                                    Compulsory
                                                                                                    modules
                                                                                                                     Disc-based media
Stage 1 60 credits

                      Applications of probability                                                   Awarded
                                                                                                                     (e.g. DVD)
                                                                                                    qualification
                      (M343) (30 credits)
                                                                                                                     Online forum
                                                                                                                     Optional

                                                                                                                     Collaborative work
                      Mathematical statistics
                      (M347) (30 credits)

                      GRADUATE CERTIFICATE IN THEORETICAL STATISTICS
                      AND PROBABILITY

                     Qualification delivery, module availability and qualification structure
                     are subject to change.

                                                                                                                    MORE ONLINE
                                                                                                                    Find out more about this
                                                                                                                    course, fees and funding,
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      QUALIFICATIONS
      THAT INCLUDE
      MATHEMATICS
      OR STATISTICS

     BSc (HONS) MATHEMATICS
     AND PHYSICS

     Develop your knowledge and understanding of theoretical physics
     and the underpinning mathematics.
     This degree will teach you how        Why choose this                    Recognition
     to use essential techniques           qualification?                     ‒ Institute of Mathematics
     and relevant software.                                                     and its Applications.
                                           ‒ Combine the concepts of
     Explore fundamental physics
                                             modern theoretical physics       ‒ Institute of Physics.
     concepts, including Newtonian
                                             with applied mathematics.
     mechanics, special relativity,
     electromagnetism and quantum          ‒ Develop your critical thinking
     mechanics. Practise using applied       and problem-solving skills.
     mathematics tools, including          ‒ Engage with our award-winning
     mathematical methods, modelling         OpenSTEM Labs.
     and numerical analysis. You’ll also
     learn skills in communicating
     clear and concise arguments
     and conclusions.

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                      Qualification structure                                                                    AT A GLANCE
                                                                                                Compulsory       Course code             Q77
                                                                                                modules
                                                                                                Option           Total credits             360
                                                                                                modules
                       Questions in science                                                     Awarded
                       (S111) (60 credits)                                                                       Start dates
Stage 1 120 credits

                                                                                                qualification
                                                                                                                 Oct 2020
                                                                                                                 Register by 10 Sep 2020

                                                                                                                 Feb 2021
                                                                                                                 Register by 14 Jan 2021
                       Essential mathematics 1
                       (MST124) (30 credits)                                                                     Entry requirements
                                                                                                                 Check you’ve got
                                                                                                                 the mathematics
                                                                                                                 skills needed at
                       Essential mathematics 2                                                                   openuniversity.co.uk/
                       (MST125) (30 credits)                                                                     mst124

                                                                                                                 Assessment
                                                                                                                 Based on a mix of:
                                                                                                                 ‒ Tutor-marked
                                                                                                                   assignments
                                                                                                                 ‒ Interactive computer-
                                                                                                                   marked assignments
                       Physics: from classical to quantum                                                        ‒ End-of-module
Stage 2 120 credits

                       (S217) (60 credits)                                                                         assessments
                                                                                                                 ‒ Examinations

                                                                                                                 Study duration
                                                                                                                 Part time: 6 years
                                                                                                                 Full time: 3 years

                                                                                                                 Mode of study
                       Mathematical methods, models and modelling
                                                                                                                 The learning materials
                       (MST210) (60 credits)
                                                                                                                 provided are a balance
                                                                                                                 of print and online

                                                                                                                 Electronic versions
                                                                                                                 of printed materials
                                                                                                                 available (e.g. PDF)

                                                                                                                 Disc-based media
                       You’ll choose 60 credits from:                                                            (e.g. DVD)
                       Astrophysics (S382) (30 credits)
                                                                                                                 Online forum
                       Electromagnetism (SMT359) (30 credits)                                                    Optional
Stage 3 120 credits

                       The quantum world (SM358) (30 credits)
                       The relativistic Universe (S383) (30 credits)                                             Collaborative work
                                                                                                                 Compulsory

                       You’ll choose 60 credits from:
                       Applications of probability (M343) (30 credits)
                       Complex analysis (M337) (30 credits)
                       Deterministic and stochastic dynamics (MS327) (30 credits)
                       Graphs, networks and design (MT365) (30 credits)
                       Mathematical methods and fluid mechanics (MST326) (30 credits)                           MORE ONLINE
                       Optimization (M373) (30 credits)                                                         Find out more about this
                                                                                                                course, fees and funding,
                                                                                                                and how to register
                       BSc (HONS) MATHEMATICS AND PHYSICS
                                                                                                                Visit openuniversity.
                                                                                                                      co.uk/q77
                      Qualification delivery, module availability and qualification structure
                      are subject to change.                                                                    Call 0300 303 5303
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