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Course Details

Entry year / start

Winter 2019/2020


3 years (Full time) / 6 years (Part time)

Course code





BSc (Honours) Mathematics and Physics

  • In this degree, you’ll develop knowledge and understanding of key concepts in theoretical physics and the underpinning mathematical ideas and methods. It will teach you how to use essential techniques and relevant software, and acquire skills in communicating arguments and conclusions clearly and concisely.

    You’ll explore the concepts of modern physics, including Newtonian mechanics, special relativity, electromagnetism and quantum mechanics. And have the opportunity to get plenty of practice with the tools of applied mathematics, including mathematical methods, mathematical modelling and numerical analysis.

    Key features of the course

    • Combines the concepts of modern theoretical physics with a solid grounding in applied mathematics
    • Develops your critical thinking and problem-solving skills
    • Offers opportunities to engage with our award-winning OpenSTEM labs
    • Accredited by the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications
    • Recognised by the Institute of Physics

    This degree has three stages, each comprising 120 credits.

    • You’ll start Stage 1 with a 60-credit introductory science module followed by two 30-credit mathematics modules.
    • Next, in Stage 2, you’ll study two 60-credit modules – one in physics and one in mathematics.
    • Finally, in Stage 3, you’ll complete your degree with four 30-credit modules – two in physics and two in mathematics.

    Further information on the stages and modules can be found here.


    We make all our qualifications as accessible as possible and have a comprehensive range of services to support all our students. The BSc (Honours) Mathematics and Physics uses a variety of study materials and has the following elements:

    • using mathematical and scientific expressions, notations and associated techniques
    • using and producing diagrams and/or screenshots
    • studying a mixture of printed and online material – online learning resources may include websites, audio/video media clips, and interactive activities such as online quizzes
    • in some modules undertaking small amounts of practical work or working in a group with other students
    • some modules may require you to use specialist mathematical or statistical software.

    For more detailed information, see the Accessibility Statements on individual module descriptions. If you feel you may need additional support, visit Disability support to find more about what we offer.

    Learning outcomes, teaching and assessment

    This qualification develops your learning in four main areas:

    • Knowledge and understanding
    • Cognitive skills
    • Practical and professional skills
    • Key skills

    The level and depth of your learning gradually increases as you work through the qualification. You’ll be supported throughout by the OU’s unique style of teaching and assessment – which includes a personal tutor to guide and comment on your work; top quality course texts; e-learning resources like podcasts, interactive media and online materials; tutorial groups and community forums.

    Credit transfer

    If you have already studied at university level, you may be able to count it towards your Open University qualification – which could save you time and money by reducing the number of modules you need to study. At the OU we call this credit transfer.

    It’s not just university study that can be considered, you can also transfer study from a wide range of professional or vocational qualifications such as HNCs and HNDs.

    You should apply for credit transfer before you register, at least 4 weeks before the registration closing date. We will need to know what you studied, where and when and you will need to provide evidence of your previous study.

    Classification of your degree

    On successfully completing this undergraduate course, you'll be awarded the BSc (Honours) Mathematics and Physics degree. The class of degree (first, upper second, lower second or third-class honours) depends on your grades at Stages 2 and 3.

    You'll have the opportunity to attend a degree ceremony.

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