The MSc in Mathematics course is designed for students who want to continue their mathematics studies by delving more deeply into particular aspects of pure and applied mathematics. The modules may be of interest to mathematically inclined scientists and engineers as well as to mathematicians.
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.
You should normally have a minimum of a second-class honours degree in mathematics or in a subject with a high mathematical content. Whatever your background, you should assess your suitability for this MSc in Mathematics course by trying our diagnostic quiz.
Recipient: Open University
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