BSc in Mathematics and Physics (Honours)
Studying mathematics and physics to degree level will change the way you think about the world. Discoveries being made now in mathematics and physics have the potential to transform our lives – and this course enables you to take part in the intellectual adventure. You’ll develop knowledge and understanding of key physical concepts and their underpinning mathematical theory, learn how to use essential methods and relevant software, and acquire skills in communicating arguments and conclusions clearly and concisely.
Key features of the course
- Explores the concepts of modern physics, including Newtonian mechanics, special relativity, electromagnetism and quantum mechanics
- Plenty of practice with the tools of applied mathematics, including mathematical methods, mathematical modelling and numerical analysis
- Develops valuable transferable skills that are highly prized in the labour market
- Contributes to membership of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA) and the Institute of Physics (IOP)
Teaching, learning and assessment methods
Knowledge and understanding is acquired from specially prepared teaching materials using a variety of learning approaches which may include self-assessment questions, DVDs, reference texts, computer-aided learning packages, directed reading, online forums, web-based resources and through feedback from tutors on your assignments.
Skills are developed throughout the degree in parallel with knowledge and understanding. Some modules are more skills oriented than others and these offer the most opportunities to interact with fellow students.
Communication skills are developed and assessed throughout the degree as you work on assignments and receive feedback from your tutor.
Practical and/or professional skills - the first skill is emphasised in the physics modules of this degree.
The university experience, including distance learning using OU study materials, should develop your ability as a strong independent learner.
We believe cost shouldn’t be a barrier to achieving your potential. That’s why we work hard to keep the cost of study as low as possible and have a wide range of flexible ways to pay to help spread, or even reduce, the cost. Fees for study commencing in academic year 2014/2015 are:
- Fees are paid on a module-by-module basis – you won't have to pay for the whole of your qualification upfront.
- If like most OU students studying part time, you study an average of 60 credits a year – you’ll study for six years to complete a degree. Our typical fee for 60 credits is £2,632.
- Our current fee is £5,264 – based on 120 credits of study – which is equivalent to a year's full-time study.
- The total cost of your chosen qualification currently starts from £15,792 based on our current fees.
NB: Prices are subject to change.
How long does it take?
- Part time – 6-8 years
- Full time – 3 years
- Time limit – 16 years
Graduates of this degree are well placed to enter both scientific and non-scientific jobs. The logical, reasoned approach needed for science study is relevant to a wide range of financial, business and public sector employment. For this reason science graduates – particularly those who have good communication and interpersonal skills – are very much in demand.
This qualification will contribute to you gaining all grades of membership of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA), from Student Membership to Chartered Mathematician status and, in addition,The Institute of Physics (IoP) recognises this degree as meeting the educational requirements for Associate Membership of the Institute and provides a route to full Institute Membership following appropriate professional experience.
There are no formal entry requirements to study this qualification. You will however need to be proficient in English, to an IELTS standard of 6.0. If you are unsure you will be able to take a free English test as part of the registration process.
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