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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 Statistics

  • This degree will provide you with extensive knowledge of probability and statistics, with options to focus on modern pure mathematics or applied mathematics. It will equip you with problem-solving and decision-making tools; give you experience using relevant software packages; and provide practice in conducting and communicating statistical investigations.

    You’ll develop your understanding of time series analysis, multivariate data analysis, regression analysis, and hypothesis testing; and explore classical and Bayesian approaches to statistics.

    Key features of the course

    • Builds expertise in analytical approaches, classical and Bayesian statistics, and the underpinning mathematical theory
    • Offers options to focus on either pure or applied mathematics to fit your interests and ambitions
    • Provides experience in conducting and communicating statistical investigations and the use of professional software
    • Offers a choice of start points to suit your level of mathematical knowledge
    • Accredited by the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications and the Royal Statistical Society

    This degree has three stages, each comprising 120 credits.

    • You’ll normally start Stage 1 with a 30-credit introductory module followed by three further 30-credit modules in pure and applied mathematics and statistics.
    • Next, in Stage 2, you’ll study two 30-credit statistics modules, and a 60-credit module in either applied mathematics or pure mathematics.
    • Finally, in Stage 3, you’ll study three 30-credit statistics modules and complete your degree with a 30-credit mathematics module.

    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 Statistics 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 and other activities, such as working in a group with other students, writing short reports or preparing presentations
    • using 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 Statistics 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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