Postgraduate Certificate in Mathematics

The Open University

Program Description

Postgraduate Certificate in Mathematics

The Open University

This flexible course will be of interest to mathematically inclined scientists and engineers as well as to mathematicians.

It offers a wide choice of modules enabling you to tailor your studies to your particular area of interest and is applicable to work in the industry, business and commerce – as well as providing a firm foundation for additional study at masters and doctorate level.

Key features of the course

  • Develops your problem-solving and decision-making capabilities
  • A wide choice of modules enables you to tailor the course to your needs
  • Helps you stand out in a crowded jobs market.

This certificate is the first stage of a study programme that progresses to a postgraduate diploma and finally a masters degree. You can step off at any point, or study the whole programme.

Entry requirements

You should normally have a minimum of a 2.2 honours degree in mathematics or a 2.1 honours degree in a subject with a high mathematical content.

If you are new to postgraduate study in mathematics you are advised to start with a single module; the applied mathematics module Calculus of variations and advanced calculus (M820) or the pure mathematics module Analytic number theory I (M823).

How long it takes

Most students study this qualification in two years at the rate of one module per year. The minimum time to complete is one year. There is no maximum time limit for completing this qualification but we cannot guarantee that the same selection of modules will continue to be available. Not every module is presented each year.

Career relevance

Mathematics is at the heart of advances in science, engineering and technology, as well as being an indispensable problem-solving and decision-making tool in many other areas of life. It is no surprise therefore that mathematics postgraduates can be found throughout industry, business and commerce, in the public and private sectors.

Employers value the intellectual rigour and reasoning skills that mathematics students can acquire, their familiarity with numerical and symbolic thinking and the analytic approach to problem-solving which is their hallmark.

There are a variety of reasons for studying mathematics at postgraduate level. You may want a postgraduate qualification in order to distinguish yourself from an increasingly large graduate population.

You may find that your undergraduate mathematical knowledge is becoming insufficient for your career requirements, especially if you are hoping to specialise in one of the more mathematical areas, which are becoming more sought after by employers. Or you may want to move on to a PhD in Mathematics.

The extent of opportunities is vast and mathematics postgraduates are equipped with skills and knowledge required for jobs in fields such as finance, education, engineering, science and business, as well as mathematics and mathematical science research.

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Last updated January 22, 2018
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