Diploma of Higher Education in Mathematical Sciences

The Open University

Program Description

Diploma of Higher Education in Mathematical Sciences

The Open University

Diploma of Higher Education in Mathematical Sciences

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 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 applied statistics
  • Covers classical and Bayesian statistics and the use of key mathematical or statistical software
  • Enhances your employability
  • Builds a solid foundation for further study.

Educational aims

This diploma develops the concepts and approach of mathematics, providing a basis for the study of mathematics and the mathematical sciences. The aim is that you should acquire:

  • the notion of a mathematical approach
  • the ability to use mathematical software
  • the skills necessary to use mathematics in employment
  • an introduction to some topics in statistics and probability
  • the basic ideas of two of the following three strands:
    • pure mathematics (particularly analysis, linear algebra and group theory), and the technique of recognising and constructing valid mathematical proofs
    • applied mathematics (particularly mathematical methods including calculus, mathematical modelling, mechanics and numerical analysis)
    • exploratory data analysis, models for distributions, statistical inference, experimental design, statistical modelling techniques and a range of probabilistic models.


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 £10,528 based on our current fees.

NB: Prices are subject to change.

How long does it take?

  • Part time – 4-5 years
  • Full time – 2 years
  • Time limit – 12 years

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
  • 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 7.0. 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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United Kingdom - Milton Keynes, England
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