Postgraduate Diploma in Mathematics

The Open University

Program Description

Postgraduate Diploma in Mathematics

The Open University

Postgraduate Diploma in Mathematics

The postgraduate diploma course has been 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 well be of interest to mathematically inclined scientists and engineers as well as to mathematicians.

Educational aims

The Postgraduate Diploma in Mathematics is designed for you if you want to continue your studies by delving more deeply into particular aspects of pure and applied mathematics. The range of modules offered is sufficiently varied to interest mathematically inclined scientists and engineers as well as mathematicians.

Teaching, learning and assessment methods

All relevant material is provided and taught in the module texts and through the study of set books. You will build up your knowledge gradually, with sufficient in-text examples to support your understanding. You will be able to assess your own progress and understanding by using the in-text problems and exercises at the end of each unit. Opportunity to engage with what is taught is provided by means of the assignment questions and your understanding will be reinforced by personal feedback from your tutor in the form of comments based on the answers to your assignments.

Your understanding of principles, concepts and techniques will be assessed through tutor-marked assignments and the final three-hour examination on each module.

The University wishes to emphasise that, while every effort is made to regularly update this site, the material on it is subject to alteration or amendment in the light of changes in regulations or in policy or of financial or other necessity.

Career impact

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, particularly if you are a professional programmer or work in finance, 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. 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.

Read more about this programme on the Open University website here

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