BSc in Mathematics and Statistics (Honours)

The Open University

Program Description

BSc in Mathematics and Statistics (Honours)

The Open University

BSc in Mathematics and Statistics (Honours)

Mathematics and statistics play an important role in almost every area of life, and are at the heart of advances in science and technology. This degree will equip you with indispensable problem-solving and decision-making tools. You’ll gain a good knowledge of probability and statistics, with options to focus on modern pure mathematics or applied mathematics, mathematical methods and modelling – together with experience of using relevant software packages.

Key features of the course

  • Investigates key analytical approaches, classical and Bayesian statistics and underpinning mathematical theory
  • Provides experience in conducting and communicating statistical investigations
  • Applicable to a wide range of careers, from engineering to accountancy
  • Contributes to membership of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA)

Educational aims

This degree introduces you to mathematical and statistical concepts and thinking, and helps you to develop a mathematical approach. By the end of the degree you will be:

  • familiar with the key ideas of probability and statistics (particularly basic distributions and inference, linear and generalised linear models, time series, multivariate statistics, Bayesian statistics applied probability including Markov processes), and have an ability to apply their main tools to a range of applications
  • familiar with the essential ideas of pure mathematics (particularly analysis, linear algebra and group theory), and the ability to recognise a rigorous mathematical proof
  • able to apply the main tools of applied mathematics (particularly Newtonian mechanics, differential equations, vector calculus, numerical methods and linear algebra)
  • able to model real world situations and to use mathematics and statistics to help develop solutions to practical problems
  • able to follow complex mathematical and statistical arguments and to develop brief arguments of your own
  • experienced in of the study of mathematics and statistics in some breadth and depth
  • able to understand some of the more advanced ideas within mathematics and statistics
  • capable of working with abstract concepts
  • able to communicate mathematical and statistical ideas, arguments and conclusions effectively
  • equipped with the skills necessary to use mathematics and statistics in employment, or to progress to further study of mathematics and/or statistics
  • able to use modern mathematical and statistical computer software packages.


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

Career relevance

There are some careers for which a degree in mathematics and/or statistics is specified. These include teaching, statistical work (including actuarial work), operational research and development, and some areas of computing.

Other career areas directly related to mathematics and statistics include:

  • engineering
  • accountancy
  • banking
  • bioinformatics
  • insurance
  • tax
  • investments
  • stockbroking/trading
  • retail
  • economics
  • market research
  • pensions
  • quantitative analysis/risk analysis.

Entry requirements

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.

Read more about this programme on the Open University website here

This school offers programs in:
  • English
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Last updated October 23, 2017
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