Diploma of Higher Education in Mathematical Sciences

The Open University

Program Description

Diploma of Higher Education in Mathematical Sciences

The Open University

Mathematics and statistics are vital to modern society, from everyday tasks to economic policy and the latest advances in science and technology. They’re also indispensable to problem-solving and decision making in a wide range of situations.

This diploma course will give you a thorough grounding in the fundamentals, and the chance to concentrate on mathematics (pure and applied) or combine mathematics with statistics – depending on your needs and interests.

Key features of the course

  • Explores essential topics such as formal proof, abstract structures, mathematical modelling, mathematical methods, random processes, and statistics including data analysis
  • Uses key mathematical and statistical software to investigate and solve problems; analyse and interpret data
  • Offers a choice of two start points to suit your level of mathematical knowledge
  • Enhances your employability
  • Builds a solid foundation for further study

Course details

This degree has two stages, each comprising 120 credits.

  • You’ll start Stage 1 with an introductory 30-credit module followed by three 30-credit modules that offer a broad introduction to topics in pure and applied mathematics, and statistics.
  • Finally, in Stage 2, you’ll study a 60-credit pure mathematics module and complete your diploma with 60 credits from a choice of applied mathematics and statistics modules.

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements to study this qualification, but it’s very important you’re well prepared to study mathematics at this level. You must be comfortable with the following topics:

  • arithmetic of numbers, including negative numbers and fractions;
  • scientific notation for numbers (sometimes known as a standard form);
  • powers of numbers including square roots;
  • using your scientific calculator effectively for the above topics, and for working with brackets and π;
  • using simple word formulas;
  • drawing and interpreting simple charts and graphs.

Skills for career development

A qualification in mathematics and statistics will always enhance your career prospects. This diploma will particularly enhance the following transferable and highly valued skills:

  • communicating mathematical ideas clearly and succinctly
  • explaining mathematical ideas to others
  • understanding complex mathematical texts
  • working with abstract concepts
  • thinking logically
  • expressing problems in mathematical language
  • constructing logical arguments
  • finding solutions to problems
  • interpreting mathematical results in real-world terms
  • using the relevant professional software.

Career relevance

The Diploma of Higher Education in Mathematical Sciences provides skills and knowledge required for jobs in a wide range of fields. Career areas directly related to mathematics include:

  • banking
  • bioinformatics
  • economics
  • insurance
  • investments
  • market research
  • pensions
  • quantitative analysis/risk analysis
  • retail
  • stockbroking/trading
  • tax.
This school offers programs in:
  • English
The Open University

Last updated September 20, 2018
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2 - 12 years
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United Kingdom - Milton Keynes, England
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